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The days leading up to any Apple event are always sure to be filled with speculation and rumor mongering. This time it's a new patent by Apple covering multi-functional hand-held devices. Condensing down the patent, it basically covers either a PDA-type or phone-type handheld device. It has the hand-wavy stuff found in patent applications, but it does serve to stir up the waters for more conjecture.

So what can this be? A PDA? PDA/Phone? iPod/Phone? Or some Cerberistic PDA/Phone/iPod that devours all other phones, music players and PDAs? It's doubtful we'll find out Sept. 12, but next year should be promising. Our guess is on the iPhone.

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Apple files Multi-functional hand-held device patent application [MacNN]