Apple has rehired Michael Tchao, who 15 years ago developed its failed Newton personal digital assistant, reports The New York Times.
Tchao will be vice president of product marketing, though it's not clear what that job entails.
The folks in the blogosphere seem convinced he will be involved in Apple's long-rumored foray into tablet computing. eWEEK quotes Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicting that Apple would release a touch-screen device larger than, but similar to an iPod Touch that will cost between $500 and $700.
The Times quotes an unnamed source saying of Tchao:
"He's got the scars and the great ideas" about tablet computing.
Tchao had moved on to Nike, most recently, where he created armbands and sneakers that integrate with the iPod.