Computerworld: If you think Apple’s iPhone is popular now, just wait

“When the one-year anniversary of iPhone 1.0 rolls around this summer, iPhone fans will get what is essentially Version 2.0 of their favorite smart phone. The added features and apps expected then — some of which were showcased by Apple today — will transform the iPhone [and the iPod touch] far beyond what it has been so far,” Seth Weintraub reports for Computerworld.

“The App Store, which will allow iPhone owners to buy and download programs directly to their phones, should put a slew of jazzy new applications at users’ fingertips, further expanding the phone’s uses and reach,” Weintraub reports.

“The SDK unveiling wasn’t even the big news of the day,” Weintraub opines. “The big news was the inclusion of support for Exchange, something that could be a game-changer when it comes to corporate IT acceptance of the iPhone.”

“IT administrators may have a much harder time telling users that it no longer meets corporate security policies or doesn’t work properly with their Exchange Messaging system. In fact, Microsoft Exchange business users will be able to take full advantage of the iPhone’s ActiveSync functions, including push e-mail, push calendars, push contacts and global address lists. They’re all there,” Weintraub writes. “It isn’t just Exchange enterprise functionality that the iPhone will soon offer business users. The market-share-leading Cisco IPsec VPN is also supported. IT administrators will soon be able to enforce security policies and device configurations and even do a remote wipe of iPhones.”

Because of what Apple announced yesterday, Weintraub writes, “There should be significant concern in the RIM camp… By summer there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of applications ready for the iPhone.

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

51 Comments

  1. Steve Jobs in June “Well you can put this update on your edge phone, or Tadah on your new 3G phone for 600 dollars, that’s right an edge or an 3G iphone folks, now how about a Demo

  2. this is classic stuff, apple fans see some new features and just jump to expect total domination AND personally attack anyone with a differing opinion. the iPhone is awesome, best mobile platform out there, no question. BUT it does not support lotus notes OR groupwise, only exchange. RIM is still safe in the large enterprise while iPhone will do extremely well in smaller/medium sized businesses. and both will succeed in consumer markets. more importantly, this is a HUGE market and both platforms should continue to grow quickly.

    DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IPHONE WILL SIMPLY KILL BLACKBERRY. BOTH CAN GROW IN AN LARGELY UNDER PENETRATED MARKET.

  3. FatMac

    As good as the developers would seem a fair answer.

    Considering that some of the developers whose work was demonstrated yesterday were complete Xcode newbies about two weeks prior, I would argue that the structure offered by the environment is obviously pretty supportive to people who don’t even have prior knowledge of the human-interface guidelines or anything else.

    And, as John Doerr said yesterday (quoting Alan Kay): “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” If you think the apps that are making it through Apple’s QA process aren’t good enough, there’s nothing to stop you writing some yourself and paying Apple $99 to be an App Store developer, you may even make some money in the process.

  4. I am sort of tired of the no keyboard thing….it only comes from people that either haven’t used an iPhone or haven’t used one long enough. It takes getting used to…and more importantly you have to TRUST the auto correct…but after a few days…or maybe a week….you are flying with text…would I write a book on it…no..but it is better than my treo keyboard used to be and I think I am faster…I DO WISH I could landscape my email though…

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