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Apple patent filing hints at mobile phone

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 12 May 2006 14:02:08 -0400

Apple patent filing hints at mobile phone
By Jessie Seyfer
Mercury News

The smoldering rumor that Apple could someday unveil a mobile phone
just got doused with gasoline.

On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made public a
December 2004 patent application by Apple describing a hypothetical
wireless mobile device, as well as how a person could use such a
device to mark media items -- video, ringtones, graphics or video --
for later download.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the filing. But at least
one analyst believes it's a clear indication that an Apple-branded
phone is not a question of if, but when.

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