Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr: Apple’s iPhone is bigger than the PC

“Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of attending all of Apple’s major milestone events, including the launch of the first-ever Mac back in 1984, as well as the initial iPod launch. More recently, I was there when Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. At the event, Jobs referenced the two previous major platform announcements and declared that the iPhone would be the third,” Tim Bajarin writes for PC Magazine.

“Thanks to the recent launch of the iPhone SDK, we now have a glimpse of what the iPhone is going to be when it grows up. At the SDK launch, John Doer [sic] of Kleiner Perkins announced that Kleiner would put $100 million into iPhone software start-ups. His exact words in reference to the iPhone were ‘This is the next PC.’ Very few media reports recorded this comment, or if they did, they did not put it into context. In these few words, Doer told us exactly what the iPhone is destined to be,” Bajarin writes. “You might be interested to know that John Doer is one of the most forward-thinking venture capitalists in the world. He became a billionaire by betting on the likes of Amazon, Google, and dozens of the PC industry’s biggest companies.”

MacDailyNews Note: It’s “Doerr” (two r’s) and what he really said, exactly, was “The Mac and the iPod are two truly amazing platforms. There’s over a million developers on the Mac and over 5,000 independent products for the iPod. Today, we’re witnessing history. That’s the launching of the SDK, the creation of the third great platform, the iPhone and the iPod touch. Think about it. What the iPhone’s all about is, 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.

Bajarin continues, “Certain key components will make this vision of the iPhone becoming the next PC a reality. First, Intel’s new Centrino Atom chips will deliver the processing power needed (data speeds of more than 1 GHz). Couple this with the rich operating systems and next-generation software that can be run on a device such as the iPhone and you have the power of a traditional PC in something that fits into your pocket. If history is our guide, we may look back at this iPhone SDK launch as a defining moment in the world of personal computing.”

Full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MidWest Mac” for the heads up.]

Wherever you see “iPhone” in any article talking about the future potential of Apple’s new platform’, remember to mentally add “and iPod touch,” if it’s not mentioned. Currently, there are likely just as many, if not more, iPod touch units out there than iPhones. Apple’s multi-touch platform already extends past the iPhone device and will sooner than later grow beyond just the iPod touch, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.

[UPDATE: 2:54pm EDT: Added MacBook Air, MacBook Pro mentions to Take as per alansky’s and others’ reminders below.]


  1. Actually, I think there are likely fewer Touches out there than iPhones. Nevertheless, MDN is right, that we should always remember that the MID, Mobile Internet Device, platform includes both iPhones and Touches.

  2. A MAC address is used on the data link layer of the OSI model.

    “Ethernet addresses a host using a unique, 48-bit address called its Ethernet address or Media Access Control (MAC) address. MAC addresses are usually represented as six colon-separated pairs of hex digits, e.g., 8:0:20:11:ac:85.”

  3. No, the new PC is in fact… the iPod Touch.

    And later on its extended version, that will include eBook and handwritting: the Mac Touch. That one will be very very useful for all pupils and students around the world. No more books to carry in their heavy bags, homeworks downloaded in the air, etc…

  4. Apple’s multi-touch platform already extends past the iPhone device and will sooner than later grow beyond the iPod touch, too. —MDN

    Actually, multi-touch is already making its first appearance on laptop computers in the form of the MacBook Air.

  5. Tim Bajarin is one of those analyst that does their homework, writes professionally and respected by many professionals. It’s a shame that his piece will not get as much traction that it deserves in the news world that we live in today. Instead we get garbage like these recent post regarding iPod viruses and that other idiot stating the iPhone is not a smartphone with an OS you can develop software on.

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