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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
iPhone roundupSince I've been away for a few days, I went back to see what's happening with the iPhone. Here are some relevant stories:
Despite all the hype, iPhone details are still scarce for would-be buyers (Boston Globe)
The most-hyped phone in history goes on sale at 6 p.m. June 29 -- a product launch turned cultural watershed that has created tremendous expectations. An estimated 19 million Americans have "strong interest" in buying the phone that Apple Inc. has promoted as a "breakthrough Internet device."Confusing and stupid. The iPhone launch is going to be a mess. And a huge, huge success.
iPhone Delivers Up to Eight Hours of Talk Time (Apple PR)
Apple announced that iPhone will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when iPhone was unveiled in January. iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback.*That asterix is important, as Apple's battery life estimates are always on the very positive end of the scale. Still, more is good. So to speak.
iPhone developers camp slated for early July (AppleInsider)
A group of volunteer designers and developers plan to team up in the Bay Area early next month to host the first ever iPhone Developer Camp, a non-commercial event aimed at making the Web a better place for Apple Inc.'s upcoming mobile handset.Neat. I'm intrigued by iPhone development, but I'd love to see Apple host an iPhone-specific WWDC this year.
Mass Consumer Adoption of the iPhone Not a Certainty (IDC)
The price of the device itself and the cost of switching carriers may dampen the demand for Apple's iPhone, according to a survey conducted by IDC.Those are good reasons. I think the lack of a real keyboard is an even bigger problem: The two biggest markets for smart phones--business users and youngsters who send text messages all day long--need real keyboards, sorry. You can't touch type on a screen without staring at what you're typing. AT&T's network, too, is a joke, though Wi-Fi capabilities could help offset that issue.Permalink ]