Missing From The iPhone: One More Thing

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 11:00
Category: iPhone

Jason wrote his top 13 missing iPhone features in his ZDNet blog, The Apple Core, and he makes good points; the only ones I disagree on are more related to my own work style: I don’t need OTA downloads from iTMS because I shun DRM; I don’t use Office so I don’t need Office support, and I personally like the sealed battery if it cuts down on size (it does) and gives better clean lines (it does). But these are just me, and most people will find those important.
But the one thing Jason missed – the big missing functionality in my world – is handwriting recognition.
I’ve written on a handheld device for years; first it was a series of Palm OS devices, then a Sony Ericsson P800. (OK, fine, there were two Newtons before any of that.) It’s just so much more natural to write than to type with your thumbs on tiny keypads. I know the whole opposable thumbs thing is cool, but just because we have them doesn’t mean we must be reduced to them. Writing is natural, and hey – isn’t the iPhone UI all about natural gestures and movement?
OS X has had Inkwell in there for a couple of years, quietly lurking below the surface, and it still hasn’t been taken advantage of. If you read Lev Grossman’s article in Time about the origin of the iPhone, it’s easy to guess that Inkwell came about because Apple was thinking tablet (and Steve spake, saying unto them, “makest me handwriting recognition software, for lo, I may want to use it!”), but by the time they changed directions, Inkwell was done and released. So maybe now’s the perfect time: Inkwell on an iPhone? Killer.
I’m also holding out hope for the “next” iPhone. So soon, you ask? Well, remember the time in the way back, before the keynote last week? There were rumors going around about how there were going to be two iPhones, one consumer, one smartphone. The iPhone that Steve demo’d wowed everyone so well, and does things so much better than any smartphone does, that we all thought that was it… but what if it’s not? What if (are you sitting down?)… what if that was Apple’s idea of a consumer level phone? What if there’s a higher-end phone, a real smart phone, waiting in the wings?
A lot can happen between now and June. I’m holding out hope.
Contributed by: Steve Abrahamson

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Steve Jobs announces the iPhone on SNL

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 20:14
Category: Humor

“Steve Jobs” (a.k.a. Fred Armisen) announces the iPhone on SNL:

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The Apple Core: iPhone’s missing features

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:53
Category: The Apple Core
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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.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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iPhone Compared to Five Other Leading Smartphones

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 09:31
Category: iPhone

TNL.net has posted an interested chart comparing the specifications of Apple’s iPhone to the Motorola Q, Nokia E-62, Palm Treo 750, RIM Blackberry Pearl and the Samsung Blackjack… Click through for their chart.

So it’s official: Apple now is a phone manufacturer. With the announcement of the Apple iPhone, we can now finally assess that new product and I have to say, color me impressed. The company has managed to overcome a lot of the problems surrounding existing mobile phones and created a device that is close to what geeks like myself want: 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player, video player, phone with integrated address book, calendar, email, web browser, SMS, notepad, google maps, and support for other widgets, which makes the whole platform more extensible.

It’s a very smart move on the part of Apple, which highlighted the change in the way the company is operating by changing its name from Apple Computer, Inc. to Apple, Inc. , reflecting the fact that they are no longer just a computer company.There were a few interesting items of interest, though.

The TNL.net weblog ยป The iPhone is here

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iPhone: Anticipation is Making Me Wait

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 08:00
Category: iPhone
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Some of you may remember a certain Heinz TV commercial from the 1970s. You know, the one that showed people eyeballing the neck of a glass ketchup bottle, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a delicious dollop of tomato topping while Carly Simon’s hit song “Anticipation” played in the background. With the clever exploitation of an excruciatingly slow-pouring, glass ketchup bottle, Heinz turned a major irritation – a design flaw really – into a clever marketing hook. Something so good that it’s worth waiting for.
Fast forward three decades. Apple Computer has spent the better part of 7 years grilling a fat, juicy, electronic cheeseburger and boy do we have an appetite. The recipe for this futuristic comestible has been painstakingly crafted – a pound of OS X, mix in some iLife and a healthy dash of iPod for extra flavor. Combine ingredients and grill to perfection. And now for the slow-moving topper.
The iPhone is the mother of all Mac condiments. Everyone will want one and millions of us will help propel Apple Inc. to the next level of the stratosphere by buying one on the very day that they’re available. Nothing will ever be the same, even for people who will never own an iPhone. It will change the way other manufacturers do what they do. As the Macintosh did some twenty-two years earlier, the iPhone will change everything.
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We Nailed It!

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 20:22
Category: iPhone

I think we pretty much nailed the keynote more than 24 hours before it happened, so I’ve got enough rope to hang myself here at the PowerPage:
The iPhone, as presented in the keynote address at Macworld Expo 2007, just makes it into the realm of the barely possible, much like the original Macintosh. Barely enough memory, barely enough battery, barely enough screen, barely enough processor power, priced just a bit too high and almost too small. The original iPod was like this. Just 5GB because of the tiny drive, only working with Firewire Macs, not as small as contemporary flash based players and the most expensive MP3 player made. They eventually turned that big old 1G iPod into the 1G nano as the price slowly fell, the product shrunk and the feature set expanded over a five year stretch. Just look at how the sweetest Apple products manage to mature as the technology opens up without ever pushing the price too low.
They could not have done this phone any sooner and pulled it off. It is ground breaking in a way that integrates everything mobile computing has to offer. This product is a home run and they only want to sell 10 million of them to start, one percent of the market. Mark my words, in five years, the iPhone will come to define hottest segment of the personal computer market. The iPhone is first and foremost a wireless connected computer running a mobile version of OS X that supports iLife software. Eventually, it will also support iWork and become a full fledged connected PC.
Without some additional iLife software running on Windows, the iPhone could be a disappointment to many of the Cingular subscribers who will line up to buy it, so I think my prediction of an expansion of iLife for Windows is going to pan out before the iPhone ships in June. At least a version of iPhoto, as this could help widen the audience for Apple TV. As hot as Apple is right now, consumer electronic devices need to sell to a market that is much larger than just Mac users. Secrecy can really hamper product testing, so I hope all the bugs are worked out before the iPhone goes into production. Waiting until June to ship this phone seems about right. No need to repeat the Apple III.
Leopard was not featured in the keynote, so no surprise features were announced. I still think that something big is going to be slipped into OS 10.5 before it ships.

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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
Category: The Apple Core

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.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Cisco, Not Apple, Releases iPhone Device

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:53
Category: News

An iPhone device has finally been released, albeit not from Apple, according to an article by Macworld UK.
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Cisco’s Linksys division has released a set of web-enabled VoIP phones today, Cisco having owned the “iPhone” trademark since acquiring Infogear. Infogear first showed an iPhone Internet-capable device at the Consumer Electronics show in 1997, a year before Apple started naming various devices with an “i” precursor (such as the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhoto, etc.).
The iPhone will retail within the $180 range and is Skype-capable according to an article over at Engadget.
Whether Apple and Cisco will reach a consensus and share the “iPhone” name has yet to be determined, even though there’s been weeks of rumor and speculation as to a forthcoming telephone device from the Cupertino firm.
Further details about the iPhone devices can be seen at the Linksys web site.
If you have any comments or suggestions or ideas about this topic, please let us know.

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The Apple Core: LG KE850, a preview of iPhone?

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

LG-KE850.jpgLG-KE850 touchscreen mobile phoneThere is some speculation, fueled by a story about the phone at Hungarian site Mobil Portal, that the LG KE850 (pictured) could be the iPhone.
From the few details available the KE850 appears to be based on a 240×400 touchscreen interface, with Send, End and Confirm being the only real buttons. Some also think that the KE850′s shape and color share lineage with LG’s Chocolate line of mobile phones (LG-SV590/KV5900/LP5900), so it could be one of those too.
It could even come out today…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iPhone could be a diversion

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 09:18
Category: The Apple Core

There have been reports around the Web that Apple’s much-rumored iPhone has been delayed and/or that it’ll be a flop. Then it occurred to me – could iPhone be a diversion?
What if there’s something else that Apple wants to feature at Macworld Expo, like a full-screen video iPod or even a the already mentioned iTV? You barely hear about these two items that much any more in the build up to The Big Dance next month in San Francisco.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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