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Mac fanboys rejoice: the Apple iPhone

:: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 @ 2:02:20 pm

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His Steveness just announced the Apple iPhone at the MacWorld keynote speech today (Engadget has a good highlights page)! Mac fanboys are going to go nuts about this thing because it runs OS X, as a touch-screen interface, orientation sensor, proximity sensor, yadda yadda yadda.

I have to admit that it looks pretty sexy, but I’m sticking with my Blackberry. My mobile device has to do e-mail effectively, and a touchscreen device isn’t going to cut it when composing an e-mail to someone.

Now, if you took away the phone capabilities of the device and added a few dozen GB of storage, that device would be fantastic. I use an iPod video to stay entertained while traveling (music, tv shows, movies, slideshows for the person sitting next to me…), and one with a big screen like that would be fantastic for multimedia goodness!

I’ve updated this with a couple funny clips: one from the Colbert Report, and one from Conan.


From the Colbert Report

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  • http://three-part-harmony.com/heartsongs Karin

    Bah, I hate Cingular. I was all ready to buy one until that little detail came up. sigh

  • http://ricebowljournals.com randomguru

    There a buzz all over the web about the iPhone… incredible.

    Too bad… only cingular service?

    I agree with you on taking away the phone capabilities and adding more storage space.

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  • http://www.jimbatcho.com jimbatcho

    Cingular: no thanks. Here’s NPR’s 20 minutes on it… http://www.npr.org/templates/s.....Id=6783324

  • wayne530
  • fred

    I agree actually: take out the phone part, drop the price, give us skype and and IM client. (or actually: just open the platform.) then what a killer video iPod!

    Gen 1 is for business types with cash to blow on a pretty toy. Hopefully by gen. 2 or 3 they’ll be able to make one more for the masses.

  • http://giles.shaxted.co.uk Giles Shaxted

    i stil think when it comes to smart phones you can’t beat iMate.

    their new SPL is quite sexy .. but more for joe blogs wanting to check emails while down the pub .. not for a power user.

    I dont see the big problem here with it being cingular .. it’s a GSM phone .. it’s not hard to unlock them .. and we know they will be out and about on eBay as unlocked pretty soon.

    The thing with this for me is just like you say .. the keyboard .. there needs to be an easy way of typing… oh and the price .. is WOW .. and the price we have seen is when you get a contract with cingular .. imagine how much it will be without a contract !

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    Giles – you can’t comment intelligently about whether it will be easy to unlock. This isn’t some random phone that runs a standard OS!

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  • http://stevec,qiguang.net steve

    “Now, if you took away the phone capabilities of the device and added a few dozen GB of storage, that device would be fantastic.”

    A Dell Axim with a few SD/mini-SD cards would fit that bill (minus the touchscreen option). The screen is huge, so it’s great for watching movies as well as listening to music (including lossless formats), viewing pictures, etc. And with all the third party software out there (and the ability to create your own homebrew), you can make it do pretty much anything you want. :)

  • http://www.thinkoholic.com markus

    apparently the second video was removed…

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    Steve – SD cards are not an option at the moment. My iPod is 80GB, and full.

  • http://stevec,qiguang.net steve

    Do you plan to keep all your music on your ipod / portable music player? If so, I can understand the space dilemma. I gave up that idea after I got halfway through ripping my 800+ CDs into flac/ape. (Too many of my CDs have gotten scratched or lost for me to simply rip to MP3s.) Copying over your favorite hundred or so tracks-of-the-moment every now and then isn’t too bad. ;)

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