“By the time Apple officially releases the OS X 2.0 update in June, there will be no doubt that the iPhone will have turned both the personal computing and mobile communications industries on their head in just one year,” Tom Krazit writes for CNET.
“What Apple has done… is put together the most complete and compelling combination of those features and wrapped it with a breakthrough in user interface design,” Krazit writes. “The enterprise-friendly features and roadmap for third-party applications unveiled Thursday at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters bring Apple two steps closer to that point. And when the final piece–the 3G iPhone–arrives at some point in the upcoming future, Apple will have developed the first truly mobile computer.”
Krazit writes. “At least, for now. Will all mobile developers find it as easy to build iPhone applications as the five developers highlighted during Thursday’s event?”
MacDailyNews Take: Yes. This isn’t Windows, Tom, it’s a Mac.
Krazit continues, “Does the addition of push e-mail make the iPhone more attractive than the BlackBerry?”
MacDailyNews Take: Yes. BlackBerry is already way behind and most of their perceived “advantages” disappear in June. Barring a major design regression by Apple with their next iPhone model (educated guess: with 3G, coming in June with the release of iPhone software 2.0), BlackBerry will only retain the “advantages” of appealing to Luddites who like tiny plastic buttons festooned all over their devices whether they’re using them or not and being at the whim of a single Canadian NOC (Network Operations Center). (Related article: Massive Blackberry outage affects all of North America; iPhone users unaffected – February 11, 2008). Appealing to Luddites is not a recipe for long-term high tech success.
Krazit continues, “And how soon will it be before the rest of the world figures out Apple’s secret: it’s the software, stupid?”
MacDailyNews Take: Probably right after the “iPod killers” figure it out, Tom. As in, never. Unless and until a company comes along that, like Apple, can do it all — world class OS, software, and hardware design — they’ll never figure it out well enough to do anything but distantly follow Apple’s lead.
Krazit continues, “The answers to those questions will dictate the second chapter of the iPhone.”
MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve been saying since the day the iPhone was unveiled, Apple has changed the world, again.
Think about it. In your pocket, you have something that’s broadband and connected all the time. It’s personal. It knows who you are and where you are. That’s a big deal. A really big deal. It’s bigger than the personal computer. – KPCB Venture capitalist John Doerr, March 6, 2008
Full article here.