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SAN FRANCISCO (CAP) - The electronics community is reeling today at the discovery that there really is no iPhone, and that the prototype revealed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the MacWorld conference in San Francisco this week was actually a hollowed-out piece of plastic with numbers painted on it.
The media initially became suspicious prior to scheduled test sessions with the prototype, when Jobs repeatedly patted down his own pockets searching for it, and then slapped himself in the forehead, declaring, "I must have left it in the car!" Then he disappeared for close to 20 minutes, said onlookers.
When Jobs returned, he produced what looked like "a large, black Lego," according to CNET correspondent Eugene Shankman. "He started poking it like he was dialing, but it sounded like the beeping noises were coming from his mouth," said Shankman.
According to Shankman and others, Jobs then proceeded to have a "conversation" with Cingular CEO Stan Stigman, saying "Hi, Stan, it's Steve! I'm calling you from the iPhone! Why, I'm fine - how are you?" However, Stigman was standing right behind him the whole time, clearly not talking to anybody.
Stigman then tapped Jobs on the shoulder, prompting Jobs to declare, "Not now, Stan, can't you see I'm talking to Stan? Stan?!" He then ducked behind the podium, said Shankman, as the embarrassed journalists stood around staring at their tennis shoes.
Jobs eventually came out and admitted that the actual prototype was not ready, and that he wasn't even sure if Apple was working on one. "Those idiot designers kept telling me it was coming, but it turns out they were just playing World of Warcraft," said Jobs. "Let's face it, I work with a lot of freaks."
The revelation came just as Microsoft was getting ready to announce its development of a competing phone-music player combo, which CEO Bill Gates said would be "just like Apple's, except clunkier and harder to use."
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