Apple has hired Michael Tchao as Vice-President of Product Marketing reporting directly to Senior Vice-President, Phil Schiller. What's noticeable about this new hire, however, is that Tchao has worked for Apple before -- he's one of the original developers of Apple's Newton message pad.

Apple, Tchao, and all involved are being mum on what Tchao's specific roll at Apple will be, but rampant internet speculation has, of course, gone something like "ZOMG! iTablet!"

[New York Times, Photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/]