This image was lost some time after publication. reads the tea leaves and carefully reasons why Apple is about to release an iPod "phone" which goes far beyond the everyday cellphone and takes mobile media to the next level. The site reviews a few key facts, such as the fact that Apple registered to sell mobile phones and mobile service, and is now officially a phone reseller. Plus, Apple has filed for a trademark for the phrase Mobile Me.

From Reuters, Jan. 13, 2006 :

The areas that the trademark covers include computing devices, mobile devices, and mobile services including digital music, video, games, e-mail, and messaging across Internet, intranets, extranets, television, cellular, and satellite networks, the filing shows.

Then there's that PortalPlayer deal where the manufacturer of a lot of the innards of the iPod has teamed up with a Bluetooth technology company. What does this all mean? An always-connected do-it-all device centered around Bluetooth, WiFi and more. Perhaps. Sign us up.

Apple s quietly preparing something huge. [] via Digg