|The little Birdie has been tweeting again and this time we are hearing some stirrings coming from Motorola. A Motorola employee attached to a department that installs new machinery in Motorola plants told us that Motorola was up something pretty big. According to our source, some 250 pieces of machinery related to manufacturing chips (We do not know the specifics) and that this operation is entirely for Apple. In addition, this person told us that the company was hiring 100 employees for this same project. This represents additions to whatever else Motorola may be doing for Apple and is a fairly significant operation according to our source.
The Mac Observer: Unfortunately that is all we know at this time, but it seems that Apple may be expecting a big push from somewhere. Our best educated guess is that this is somehow related to the P1 portable product expected sometime this year. It could be that Apple is having a special chip made for the product and it is even possible that Apple has farmed out production of the entire P1 unit to Motorola (Motorola executives are still very tense at the US$90 Million they wrote off when Apple canceled Mac licensing, and such a move might make some headway into repairing relations between the company), though that is strictly and specifically far-fetched speculation on our part.
The P1 is Apple's new and still unofficial portable product that makes up the 4th corner of Apple's stated product line. Names that have been tossed around with this rumor are the MacMate and the WebMate with the WebMate possibly having a special wireless connectivity ability. Wireless connectivity could be another product that Motorola could be working on for Apple. Motorola is a world leader in cellular, digital, and wireless connectivity.
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