Go a bit further and make your phone, ipod, pda a mini control device. It could replace the controller for your telescope, navigation for your car (or OnStar), security for your house. A univeral remote standardized to an interface that could be programmed to control just about whatever you could license to control. Could even be the key to your car.
I guess we're back to handheld computer.
Yeah, kinda funny that it all tends to get so circular, isn't it? I agree. Apple seems to do things very right in the small device/embedded market. There IS an iTunes cell phone coming from Moto and I think Apple has big plans for that space. The phone has been delayed at request of Apple so I think they're waiting for something. Hopefully it will be something worthwhile and great as Apple seems to pull from thin air once in a while.
Jobs certainly was a character back in the day. He still is, but you have to remember he was barely more than a teenager back then, became an instant multi-millionaire running his own company. He, like so many other actors, etc., couldn't handle the power and success. He lacked maturity and it showed. Jobs has developed into a great leader. He is extremely driven, has vision and can motivate and get others to "buy off" on what he sees. Like anyone, he has his biases and will probably overlook some things he sees as "not important" (Apple PDA anyone?) but you can't argue with his results. Came on board this time with Apple SERIOUSLY in it's first real jeapordy of becoming irrelevant and possibly even extinct and resurrected it to a position of having the best success of it's history.
He also has obviously overcome the hubris of "not invented here" and keeping things proprietary. This gave him the guts to move to Intel and do so many of the other things Apple has been successful with lately. He may have been seriously flawed as a leader when he was young, but I don't think you could say now that he lacks much, especially based on his performance and that of the company.