Before he switched to a largely alfalfa-based diet, the Macalope ate nothing but Apple rumors.
You can imagine his indigestion.
Also, he had rickets.
But having consumed an all-Apple rumor diet during the late 1990s and early 2000s, the horny one recalls what became the Holy Trinity of Apple rumors: the set-top box, the tablet, and the phone.
As hard as it is to believe, people were talking about Apple working on a set-top box and a tablet before the iPod even hit the scene. The phone came a little later and soon rocketed to the top of the triangle. A lot of this rumor-mongering was pure wishful thinking occasionally fed by thin details of some actual project in the works at Apple. But this was the belief system we followed.