January 10, 2007
More on the iPhone
The Agonist notes that the iPhone isn't the future... yet. Which is partly true. As stunningly gorgeous as it is, it still has room for improvement, one of which is the memory. 8GB is respectable, but not nearly enough if you want to use the full functionality of the device.
The other most common gripe I've seen, as summarized by Fractals of Change, is how Apple tied up the iPhone with Cingular through its exclusive distributorship agreement, making the end user dependent on Cingular's weak EDGE network for internet access in weak WiFi or non-WiFi areas.
Legitimate issues, but based on Apple's perfectionist streak, they will continuously hone and position the iPhone until it is a dominant player in the market. It's already leapfrogged everything that exists out there, people; Steve Jobs won't be content with the status quo once the iPhone gains traction. As he said at the unveiling yesterday, he believes in the Wayne Gretzy mantra, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it's been".
Besides, The Daily Gotham made an interesting point: once the iPhone gains dominance, it would highlight the need for cheaper, universal broadband access. Through the iPhone, the democratization of interconnectivity, if you will, could gain more support and become a major political issue. Not a bad plus.
On a different note, Cisco sued Apple for using the name iPhone, which it apparently trademarked way back in 2001. Maybe Apple can change the name to iFone?
Boing Boing has more on the lawsuit plus a cutout of what it dubs the "Jesus Phone" (or j-phone for short).
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