Apple CEO Steve Jobs spoke with the company's US staff last night, letting them know about iPhone strategy and offering a free iPhone to many employees.

Any US full-time Apple employee, and any part-timer who has been with the company for over a year will receive a free 8GB iPhone by the end of July, Jobs said.

Jobs also stressed how much he believes the new product will transform the mobile phone industry, using the employee-only speech to stress the similarity between the iPhone and the defining Mac computer platform, Ars Technica reports.

Using the analogy of Apple as a chair, Jobs described the iPhone as the third leg of Apple's business, with Macs the first leg and the iPod and iTunes being the second leg.

Jobs shared his hope that Apple TV would become another important business segment, but stressed the present focus is iPhone.

He promised new Macs next year would be off the charts.

He also revealed the Mac OS X team to be developing the operating system for Macs, iPhones, "and some iPods we're working on".

The latter information set some to wonder if a widescreen multi-touch iPod is on the horizon.