Rumors and Apple go together like chocolate and peanut butter, and we eat both pairings up around here every chance we get.
Today's rumor (replacing the previous rumor to the contrary): The iPhone and Microsoft Exchange Server will be compatible. Woo hoo! I mean, woo hoo if it's true. If not, disregard.
ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, who is usually right about these things, writes that "sources" tell her that Apple will soon announce an Exchange ActiveSync license so users can sync up with Exchange just like they do with their phones from Nokia, Palm and what have you.
Ars Technica questions the rumor only because Exchange support would seem to be a low priority for a hot consumer phone. They'll make their way into the enterprise, of course, but is Apple busily working away on this IT-department-friendly (and Microsoft-friendly) licensing deal before it can offer a software developer's kit for the iPhone?
Perhaps not. Consider John Gruber's Daring Fireball blog post, in which he sets the scene: The corporate IT folks are the Microsoft-loving baddies, and it's up to Apple to lead its people to an "uprising" by refusing to fall for the Exchange ActiveSync license. The iPhoners will get their corporate e-mail through the IMAP protocol, thank you very much, and they'll like it just fine, says Gruber.
Except that Apple isn't a dashing, selfless revolutionary. And it does want -- and need -- its newest flagship product firmly planted in business users' hands, Microsoft Exchange push e-mail and all.