Update: Ah, the internet is a cruel place, so I was told. First of all, thanks to everyone for commenting about this story. To those who don't believe in the credibility of my story, that's fair. To each their own. The iPhone is coming out in a month and there have been multiple sightings around here of Apple reps with their iPhones, so I really don't understand what all the hoopla is about. I'm just excited that June is almost here. Also, thanks to Engadget for posting this on their great site.
So I was at a local restaurant with my friend Philip here in silicon valley when I noticed that the man behind me in line was holding an iPhone!!! I had to lean over and sneak a peek, of course, and saw that he was navigating a page with lots of text. I think it was a website. He then clicked over to some sort of list - was it bookmarks or an options menu? I couldn't tell. Even from two feet away, however, the screen appeared crystal clear with the tiny font. The phone itself looked like I remembered seeing it at MacWorld a few months ago-same size, shape, and it wasn't protected with any sort of case. (The screen cannot have any sort of covering on it for the touch sensitivity to function, according to the rep I spoke to at Macworld). He was quite unabashed about the fact that he had it. When he sat down at the table in front of me he had it out most of the time while he was dining and was taking pictures of the person he was with and was talking about the functions of the phone. I approached him and asked if he was an Apple Employee who works on the phone, to which he replied "yes." So I went on and gave him my
schpeel spiel (thanks Jeremy) about why they should allow third party software on the iPhone, to which he replied with a blank, and mostly disinterested, look. He said "yea, as far as I know they're not allowing that yet." Anyhow, he was nice enough and I hope he takes the comment to someone who cares. Check out the candid pics I took (with my SE K750). Even though it's got a 2mp camera the lighting wasn't optimal in the restaurant so they're a bit grainy, but still worth it! iPhone in the wild!