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gPhone lacks multi-touch because of Apple?

John Gruber at DaringFireball seconds a fascinating report that the GooglePhone, the G1, lacks multi-touch support because Apple asked/told/ordered/warned them not to. It also appears that Google are relieved to have complied given the patents-spat that may well kick off between Apple and Palm over the yet-to-be-released Palm Pre.

I assume then that Google are simply waiting to see how the Apple-vs-Palm thing transpires before they flick the switch in Android to support multi-touch input…