“Call it the iPhone effect. That’s what you get when you throw a potentially game-changing device from an innovative pioneer into an established but still evolving industry. Apple’s uber-phone, a media and Internet device that goes on sale Friday, has the potential to create seismic shifts in the cell phone industry larger than the size of the iPhone’s sales, analysts and observers said,” Ryan Kim reports for The San Francisco Chronicle.
“With its radically different approach, the iPhone is expected to cause a collective rethinking on everything from hardware design and user interface to consumer expectations and media consumption. It might even prompt a new gold rush in Silicon Valley, if you believe some enthusiasts,” Kim reports. “This means that even if you never buy the shiny, expensive gizmo, its influence could reach you in a number of ways.”
Kim reports, “Apple has been able to create a phone to run on its own platform, said John Maeda, associated director of research at MIT’s media labs. ‘That’s a game changer. Most manufacturers, their hands are tied. This is amazing.'”
Kim reports, “‘What we’re seeing is the beginning of a possible sea change,’ Michael Gartenberg, a Jupiter Research analyst, said. ‘Apple is educating consumers about what phones can do.’
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