Apple’s iPhone is a computer, not a phone, says Fortune’s David Kirkpatrick.
“It is impossible to explain why the iPhone has so completely captured the world’s imagination. But I think one major reason is that many of us who routinely use the web today instinctively feel we ought to be able to do so everywhere. Until now that has been impossible,” Kirkpatrick writes.
“The iPhone appears to be the kind of solution we have been waiting for. And the early built-in features, like Google maps with real-time traffic information demonstrate just what kinds of potential there is in real Internet features on a portable device,” Kirkpatrick writes.
“To hear Jobs talk, the iPhone is almost an extension of the Mac. I told him that as a Mac user I was concerned that the company’s work on the iPhone would distract attention from the steady improvement of OS X, the Mac’s operating system. To the contrary, he replied. Since the iPhone uses OS X as its fundamental software underpinning as well, its existence will in fact help OS X to evolve even faster, he said. I hope he proves right,” Kirkpatrick writes.
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MacDailyNews Take: You can read us, or you can read it in Fortune six months later: “Apple’s ‘iPhone’ isn’t really a phone at all. It’s really a small touchscreen Mac OS X computer, a Mac nano tablet, it you will. Here’s how misnamed the iPhone is: some people are complaining that Jobs didn’t spend enough time on the Mac in his keynote! Folks, iPhone is not only a Mac, it’s the most radical new Mac in years!” – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, The only thing really wrong with Apple’s iPhone is its name – January 09, 2007