Apple delivered on promise of iPhone

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“My wife, Lynn, two sons and I were driving back from the fantastic St. Edward State Park in Kenmore last Sunday, with Lynn riding shotgun and using my new iPhone and its Google Maps feature to check highway conditions as we headed around the top of the lake. We were trying to choose between I-5 and Lake City Way to get home,” Glenn Fleishman reports for The Seattle Times

“At a stoplight, as Lynn waited for the map to load, a driver in the car to our right gestured to her. We figured we’d left the gas-tank door ajar at the filling station we had just left,” Fleishman reports.

“When Lynn rolled down her window, he asked instead, “Is that an iPhone?” Sure, and we have some Grey Poupon in our Subaru’s glove compartment, too. The fellow was considering buying an iPhone and wondered if I liked it. I gave him a thumbs up,” Fleishman reports.

“All the marketing power in the world couldn’t lead people to be so intensely interested in the iPhone and to want one in spite of themselves. This desire comes from the simple idea that Apple has been lightly spreading for six months: It said it could deliver a phone as elegant and superb as the iPod. And it did,” Fleishman reports.

Full article here.

39 Comments

  1. “That’s old news. Glenn just recycled his Monday TidBits article for the Seattle Post_Intelligencer.”

    Not really. I used a short version of the anecdote in TidBITS, but the articles were rather dissimilar, just on the same topic.

    And it’s the Seattle Times, thank you very much.

  2. “Glenn Fleishman wrote a June 26 article for the New York Post titled “Don’t Get ‘Hung Up’ On Buying An iPhone” that advised people to stay away from this first version and wait for iPhone 2.0….Good thing he didn’t take his own advice.”

    The New York Post article was aimed at a general audience of non-technical people, and it’s the same advice I give if asked. The Seattle Times article was a review of the iPhone’s organizer features and how well they worked. Which is quite well.

    If someone is going to pony out this much money and they don’t truly need the latest gadget today, waiting six months is a good strategy for first-generation products. I bought a Mac Pro a few weeks ago, because I knew the first Mac Pro would be superceded with cheaper, faster models when the four-core chips were available. And that’s what happened.

    Improvement after the first to second generation hop for many technical products is incremental, while 1st to 2nd is often a large hop (1st to 3rd for Microsoft).

  3. that reminds me…

    when was the last time someone pulled up next to someone using a Zune and asked what that was. oh, wait… that would mean someone would have to be using a Zune in the first place. my bad.

  4. Ok, well here’s the deal.

    The iPhone is cool, but with my iPod I can have the thing in my pocket and control it without even touching it directly. The scroll wheel responds through light clothing to the stop/pause/ff/rw buttons and also to the control of volume.

    Fantastic.

    I personally hope that both user interfaces will remain available as the iPhone spawns a new iPod only device. I’d like one of each.

    I also want a MacBookMini, if they ever make one.

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