Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Just one huge more thing: Steve Jobs just shocked everyone on Earth, I think, by introducing a combined cell phone-slash-iPod-slash-PDA. This thing is ridiculous. I can’t do it justice. (I promised that I would eat my hat if the iPhone rumor was true, so I guess I’m going to have to find a fork and knife.) And the entire rest of the cellular industry is going to have to catch up to their stiffest competition, just like the mobile-music industry — but there’s a lot more money on the line right now. The Times says:

In an exclusive partnership with Cingular, the nation’s largest cellular phone carrier, Mr. Jobs brought his legendary product design sense to bear on one of the world’s most ubiquitous products. He said Apple had set the goal of taking 1 percent of the world market for cell phones, or 10 million phones per year, by the end of 2008.

Underscoring the transformation of a quirky computer maker that during the past half decade has come to dominate the world of digital music, and signaling his ambition to become a force in new markets, Mr. Jobs announced that the Apple was dropping the “computer” from its name and would henceforth become Apple Inc.


Touting the fact that the new iPhone is powered by the same core OS X operating system that runs Macintosh computers, Mr. Jobs showed a series of applications including e-mail, advanced voice mail, photo collections and visually appealing Web searching all on a device that will be priced beginning at $499. That model will have four gigabytes of storage, and an eight-gigabyte model will be available for $599.

The iPhone will offer five hours of operating time and 16 hours of audio playback, Mr. Jobs said. The phone will be compatible with Cingular’s digital EDGE data network as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks.


1 comment:

Karen said...

Yo, Wes! First of all, I'm creeped out that somehow this thing knows I'm posting as Karen. I've never told it my name before. Anywho, how popular do you think these'll be? I mean, I loooooove Apple, but I don't think I can plunk down $500 or $600 for this just yet. I think the iPod got so popular because it was really simple, stored more data than ever before and had a neat, user-friendly interface. We've already got good cell phones and PDAs and such. I don't know if it'll have the novelty the iPod did when it first started. I imagine it might be like Apple's computers: They're great if you bother to get one and you want one (and can afford it), but lots of people will see no reason to replace their old familiar equipment.