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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Ontario Technoblog Veers into Religious Commentary

I don't really have anything to add to the iPhone discussion, other than the fact that I'm mulling over the shift in cellular telephone design from something modeled on the Trimline phone to something modeled on...I don't know, a brick or a calculator or something.

Michael Hanscom tagged the relevant Apple Computer - I mean Apple Inc. - page.

iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

Randy Morin tagged this post, which reads in part:

Instead of a standard keypad, the iPhone uses a patented Apple technology called "multi-touch". It doesn't use a stylus, has "multi-finger gestures" and claims to ignore unintended touches. Jobs compared it to two other revolutionary Apple UIs - the mouse on the Macintosh and the click wheel on the iPod.

But Mitch Wagner at InformationWeek is scratching his head:

Reading up on the Apple iPhone, I'm not seeing what's so exciting about it, and I'm even tempted to say that the thing is going to sink like a lead balloon and everybody who's jazzing about it now is going to feel foolish in a year. It's a cell phone that's also an iPod that does the Internet and takes pictures. Why is that exciting?

Ah, but if things were selected based upon their technical merits, then Betamax would have won the religous war with VHS.

Speaking of religious wars, here's a sampling of the responses that Wagner has received:

You just don't get it. And write about technology?

Keep your Treo you wouldn't understand... an I phone is just too easy for you

You're not excited that all the different things (camera, phone, ipod) come in ONE small device now. I guess you're one of those who'll be more excited about news like Britney Spears walking aroudn (sic) without panties. Please quit writing such articles.

I didn't expect a Media 1.0 magazine like InformationWeek to understand the allure of the iPhone, and this article proved my point.

Sounds like you don't have Cingular and can't get out of your contract. Boo Hoo. Go home and watch your B&W 13 inch tv.

I bet you also "don't get it" about the Macintosh.

Wonder if Apple has hired iPhone evangelists...

[DISCLOSURE: One of the divisions of my employer manufactures a competitive product.]


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