So, the iPhone

Any electronic product that says “magic” anywhere in the pitch deserves to be ignored forever.

The iPhone’s killer app is making calls sort of in the same way that the BMW Z8’s killer app is driving to the grocery store. It’ll definitely do that; it will probably even do it well. But since there are lots of other products that will do it for a tenth the price, I suspect that all of the “kitchen sink” stuff that it does is going to be the real selling point for anyone who buys one.

I dunno. You look at everything that’s out there, and how many of them do the fundamental job well?

This market has been poorly served by confused and poorly developed apps and hardware for years.

If it’s a good phone, with apps that serve that well (voicemail, contacts) and syncs to your PC properly… I think a lot of people have been waiting for that.

Well of course. That’s is part of my point. It’s another try and do everything device. There’s a new try and do everything device every week (though this is of course a much more high profile one). A new kitchen sink device really isn’t groundbreaking news. If they had come out to say they are going to create just the best possible phone at least that would have been something different from the rest of the industry.

Apple’s big announcement seems to have been “we’re going to do what everyone else is trying to do”. Of course they are likely to do it better (just like the iPod, there were many other hard drive based music players, just none quite as slick).

A lot of people willing to spend $600 on a phone? I think not. The market for this phone is pure gadget geek. People who want to play with Google maps on a big touchscreen, or sort through their music collection by thumbing through graphical representations of the covers–that’s the market for this phone. People that are primarily concerned with practicality do not spend $600 on a phone, no matter how well it addresses the basics.

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… just to bring the announcement back into Qt3 games territory with an old argument.

Audible has been on iTunes for a very long time. It’ll support audio books just fine.

Oink!

In all seriousness, it’s a neat-looking phone. Or at least it will be until the first time you use it, at which point that giant fancy screen will forever more be covered with a haze of face and finger smudges.

I’m hoping they have some sort of magic coating. Still likely you’re right to some degree, though… buyers had better be prepared to find out just how oily a face can be by the end of a day.

The Gizmodo writer who test-drove one said the screen felt a little “rubbery”, maybe a surface intended to prevent scratching?

If you accept the argument that the phone replaces the iPod and a phone, it’s not as far fetched (and they do sell plenty of ipods to smart-phone owners). $500 is alot for a phone, but not really that much for an iPod and a superlative phone. Especially since for much of its life the top of the line iPod has been $500 all by itself.

It’s bound to be something a bit different just due to the touch screen, and you just know that smudge-prevention had to be a development issue they worked on during their 2+ years of work. It’ll probably be vastly less smudge-prone than a glass or polished plastic screen, which is what you get with most phones and the PSP.

But business people do, and they don’t give a damn about the apps as long as they have the “new shiny” and they can hand the company the bill.

Apple has wanted into the executive club for years now. They’ve just
opened the door.

Yeah I’d suggest this phone can be a huge success for Apple based on corporate sales alone.

forget the phone, apple tv pre-order is IN

No corporate department can justify getting an entertainment centric device like the iPhone over a Blackberry ect. unless the iPhone does intercompany email, opens PDFs, Excel files, ect., better than the aforesaid product.

Because the Blackberry isn’t already a corporate toy…

I promise you that beyond email 90% of execs never use any of the other features you mentioned. Seriously, have you ever spent five minutes helping show a marketing person what “magical things” Word can do?

The iPod will be worth it because they might actually use some if it’s features. All hail the magic of Apple!

I doubt smudges will be a problem.

It “Works like magic”, remember?

After all, Steve Jobs wouldn’t lie to you or exaggerate in order to sell products, would he?

The Blackberry is the standard corporate toy though. It’s been “accepted” as being okay for a corporation or government to provide to employees, because it doesn’t try and pretend to be anything more than a business tool.

I’d love to see explaining the purchase of hundreds of iPhones to shareholders or taxpayers.

“Why yes, last month we spent a half million dollars on portable entertainment devices. We feel allowing our employees to easily watch porn in between client meetings really raises the bar.”

No laptops for anyone! You could watch POOORN on them.
Seriously? You think that would stop management from having their toys?

And now, a brief humorous interlude:

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