“It’s no iPhone-killer, but the launch this weekend of Palm Inc’s ‘Pre’ could well become the brightest event this year for a gloomy industry,” Sinead Carew reports for Reuters.
MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, except that Apple’s iPhone Software 3.0 was a far brighter event for the industry this year…
• How Apple’s iPhone 3.0 will create a new mobile economy – March 23, 2009
• iPhone game developers rejoice over Apple’s iPhone 3.0 software – March 20, 2009
• The Register: Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0 is a stunning achievement – March 20, 2009
• Forbes: With radical iPhone OS 3.0, Apple’s platform is about to go ‘boom!’ – March 19, 2009
• Developers salivate as Apple unleashes iPhone OS 3.0 – March 18, 2009
• iPhone 3.0 sees rush of business software vendor support – March 18, 2009
• Analysts applaud Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0 – March 18, 2009
• Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0 boosts momentum for what may be most significant product in company’s history – March 18, 2009
• Highlights of Apple’s iPhone SDK for iPhone OS 3.0 beta – March 17, 2009
• Apple cements lead in mobile software with iPhone OS 3.0 – March 17, 2009
• Apple previews iPhone OS 3.0; Releases developer beta SDK with over 1,000 APIs, 100 new features – March 17, 2009
…not to mention that 48 hours later after Pre debuts, Apple takes the stage and every spotlight swings back to iPhone upon which they rightfully belong.
Carew continues, “Palm Inc’s smartphone may not attract lines around the block like past Apple Inc iPhone launches. But its launch will be seen as a badly needed shot of adrenaline for Palm and exclusive provider Sprint Nextel Corp.”
MacDailyNews Take: “Could” be seen, not “will” be seen (sheesh, journalism today is so far in the shitter that we’ll never get it out). A few more middling or worse Pre reviews and it’ll be more like a shot of cyanide.
Carew reports, “Since the Pre made its debut at the Consumer Electronics show in January, excitement over the device has intensified… If it takes off, Palm may even be an acquisition target.”
MacDailyNews Take: Which is the whole point of the thing: It’s takeover bait, as we’ve been saying since January.
Carew reports, “‘If you’re buying (Palm shares) now, definitely what you’re looking at is that they’re going to have the most valuable asset in the industry. At some point, somebody will want to pay a premium for that,’ Pacific Crest’s James Faucette said. ‘From a products perspective, the impact on the market is probably as important as iPhone.'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: James Faucette, you sir, have been iCal’ed for future ridicule.