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.

mwsf07-iphone-slide-crop.jpg

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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2 Responses to “The Apple Core: iPhone’s missing features”

  1. http://www.macnn.com/articles/07/01/15/apple.protects.iphone.ui/
    Here is why consolidation must occure.
    “A group of users has already developed a skin for Windows mobile that enables users to mimic the iPhone interface,”
    Or you could go to mobile.yahoo.com, and many of the same features.
    Of course Yahoo is going to benifit from the stuff it built with Apple by packaging something slightly different for everyone else — THINK DIFFERENT !!!
    On the other hand if Apple had taken over Yahoo first then they could own those features for a MUCH LONGER period of time and the 1000s of small law suits that will be cropping won’t matter because Apple revenues would be much higher.
    People also tend to afraid of vert large companies — THAT IS AN ADVENTAGE !!!

  2. Where is Speech Recognition for hands free operation with the Bluetooth ear piece? GPS & Google Maps, isn’t a navigation App a logical conclusion? A camera and Internet access, so what about a mobile iChat? Think different a little bit more please.