The Apple Core: iPhone’s missing features – Part II

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:28
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In my first installment of iPhone’s missing features I outlined 13 features that I thought the iPhone was missing. Little did I realize that I missed a bunch – to the tune of 25 more.
Please keep a few thing in mind when reading these: a) I don’t expect Apple to add all these features in iPhone version 1.0, that would be impossible and make it cost around US$4,000.00 b) I don’t expect you to necessarily want all these features, and c) iPhone isn’t due to be released until June and a lot can change by then.
Some have cried that it’s not fair to criticize the iPhone before it’s even out, which is my exact point. Apple opened themself up to public opinion by announcing iPhone six months early and now is the perfect time to offer constructive criticism. What’s the point in doing so after the product is released? Then it’s too late.
With that, here are iPhone’s missing features – Part II…
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The Apple Core: iPhone’s missing features

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:53
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I want to start out by saying that I think that the iPhone will be wildly successful. I think that Apple will sell boat loads of them. I will definitely be buying one, at minimum for research purposes. That being said, it would be irresponsible to simply laud the device without pointing out some of it’s more serious deficiencies, and there are several of them.
I should also mention that the following are my list of missing iPhone’s missing features, so they won’t necessarily be yours.
iPhone’s missing features:
1. Third party support. Apple is making the iPhone a walled garden without allowing third party applications to be installed. Apple claims that it’s for security reasons but I think that they’ll eventually bow to public pressure and release an SDK and allow certain “blessed” applications in. Besides, there’s always the “browser hole.”
2. Browser plug-ins/Flash/Javascript. This is still up in the air, but Apple is staying mum on exactly which plug-ins the “Safari” browser will support. I think that dropping Javascript and/or Flash is a deal-breaker.
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The Apple Core: MSWF07: Live blogging the keynote address

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 13:36
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SAN FRANCISCO — I’m inside Moscone West for the keynote address and it’s packed, Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” is on the sound system.
The line was crazy getting in, almost a stampede. They didn’t let the media in until 8:50am PT and it was a mad dash to the seats. Someone compared it to the running of the bulls. But it’s a little more like the French Quarter during Mardi Gras.
Moscone West looks to be about 3x larger than South, there are no overflow rooms for the keynote. Looks like 10,000 people in attendance.
SJ takes the stage at around 9:20am PT…
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The Apple Core: Solid State Disk show promise for notebooks, tablets

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Date: Thursday, January 4th, 2007, 11:14
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sandisk-ssd-uata-5000.jpgOne of the most exciting announcements I’ve seen in the run up to Macworld Expo and CES (who’s the genius that scheduled these over each other anyway?) is the Solid State Disk or “SSD.”
SanDisk has announced a 32GB Ultra ATA 5000 1.8-inch SSD “drive” (it’s really flash memory). Look for these bad boys to appear in computers “in the first half of 2007.”
Hmmm, time to revive the thin MacBook Pro/iTablet rumors?
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The Apple Core: Month of Apple bugs being fixed

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Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007, 08:00
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As Chris deftly reported, today is the third day in the Month of Apple Bugs (a.k.a. MOAB). The good news is that a modern day Robin Hood named Landon Fuller has come to the rescue with a mission to patch each of the bugs exposed by LMH and the MOAB.
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The Apple Core: Crystal ball: Macworld Expo 2007

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Date: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007, 10:29
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crystal_ball.jpgAnother January means another round of fortune telling. The week leading up to Macworld Expo is when pundits predict what Apple has in store for us in the new year. With that let’s dive into what Steve Jobs could announce at the Moscone Center in San Francisco one week from today.
From most to least likely…
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The Apple Core: Apple, the new king of retail

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2006, 08:00
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apple-taiwan.jpgApple opened a retail store in Taiwan over the weekend. According to DigiTimes:

The new Apple Computer store is located in an area of Taipei famous for a large number of consumer electronic stores and has three floors with a total floor space of about 397 square meters (4,270 square feet) and cost NT$150 million (US$4.6 million) to set up, the sources pointed out.

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The Apple Core: Top 10 Stories of 2006

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Date: Friday, December 22nd, 2006, 11:00
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It’s almost the end of the year so I thought that it would be a good time to recap your favorite stories from The Apple Core in 2006.
10. Apple partners with Nike on iPod for runners
The Nike+ iPod kit is a boon for runners and one of the tightest and most technical iPod integrations yet. The partnership between Apple and Nike was also significant because they’re two of the most influential brands on the planet. Too bad it doesn’t work on bicycles…
9. Sony rips off MacBook design
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Sony’s VAIO N10-Series is practically a dead ringer for a white MacBook. Maybe Apple should get them back by cloning the VAIO VGN-UX280P 4.5″ notebook PC.
8. Silent recall on MacBook Pro batteries
Probably the most serious story of 2006 is the massive battery recalls from Dell, Apple and almost every other notebook computer manufacturer. Since defective batteries can explode and cause fire, it’s essential that you check your iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 battery serial numbers immediately.
7. MacBook Pro Photoshop benchmarks
If Apple’s move to Intel processors is the biggest hardware story of the year, then the release of the Intel-native build of Photoshop CS3 has to be the biggest software story. So what if it’s a beta.
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The Apple Core: Waiting for iPhone? Consider a Treo instead

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Date: Wednesday, December 20th, 2006, 08:00
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treo_700pv.jpgReaders of this blog already know that I think that the Treo 700p is still the best smartphone for Mac users. Not only does the Treo 700p sync with Mac OS X right out of the box, but there’s also a ton of great saftware available for the Palm OS that Macheads like.
There’s a nice comparison of the differences between the Treo 650 and the 700p at Rentzsch.com that’s required reading if your considering upgrading to the newer model (like I did). Most notable are the improvements to Blazer and Versamail.
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The Apple Core: My dream: an Apple tablet

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2006, 08:00
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apple-tablet-concept-pixel-mojo.jpgI had a dream last night about the iPod (I know, I know) and how it morphed into a tablet Mac.
As I’ve previously mentioned here, the iPhone could be a clever decoy planted by Apple to misdirect attention from the real Macworld show stoppers – whatever they may be.
Steve Jobs has told us that iTV is coming, so that’s a given, but what about the iPod? Cupertino has been famously silent about their little media player and the timing’s right for an upgrade. There’s no shortage of patent applications indicating that Apple is developing a full-screen iPod with a touch screen interface. Which got me to thinking…
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