Since I unwittingly duplicated a post that Michael had already covered here, about David Sobotta, I removed that post and have reformatted the ideas I conveyed into this post.
Sobotta’s insight to the way Steve does business and approaches technology is about as in-depth as I’ve read. After reading the article, I feel like predicting Apple products in the future will be cake – this of course is bullox because no one can predict what Steve will do.
But more than anything, Sabotta gives some excellent reasons as to why he feels we’ll see the Apple Phone at the Keynote next week, and why we’ll probably never see an Apple Computer in the form of a Tablet. This comes as somewhat of a downer for me, as I’ve written here a couple of times that I feel an Apple Tablet is inevitable. The points made by Sabotta are pretty strong, and lead me to believe that I may actually have been wrong (but only this one time).
The phone concept is much stronger however – after the “iPhone” rumors have clogged the internets for months now, it certainly should be I guess – because of Apple’s tendency lean toward selling TONS of cheaper products, rather than a relative few expensive products. (iPod anyone?) So could the Apple Phone be “Halo Effect”, round 2? I guess we’ll probably see.