Yesterday we got the new iPhone. By now I am sure that you all know what it does so I am not going to go over that here. I had fun discussing the keynote live and have some views on the whole event, but that can wait for another post (if you want to read a really good summary though take a look at the views of Matthew, he also shares his initial thoughts on the iPhone).
Out of all the people that I asked yesterday 80% wanted an iPhone. It was the one product that they would go out and buy today if it was available. Before I go any further I need to say that I think the iPhone is amazing. Whether it will really be the first step in a “new tomorrow” is debatable, as when the hype dies down it may well be seen as a convergence device more than a revolutionary device, but only time will tell.
1. I just don’t like the form factor for a phone. I think it looks great, is probably as sexy as hell, and has an awesome feature set. But for me, it doesn’t look enough like a phone that I would use, and as that would be the primary use that I would have for it I am not tempted.
2. The price is just too high. Again, it is probably worth it (or at least justifiable) when you consider it is an iPod (albeit a pretty small one), an internet device (but in my experience “internet on the go” is good in theory but little used in practice), and a phone. But as already have more iPods than is really healthy and my life style just doesn’t require internet access when I am out of the apartment it works out as a very expensive phone, and as my wife will tell you I haven’t even turned on my current cell phone this year!!
3. I imagine that with the Apple name change, and the introduction of the iPhone, we will see a range of iPhones over the next year or so just as we did with the iPod, and I think (hope) that I may find something closer to what I want later on.
I have mixed emotions. I am really excited about the current iPhone from the technical perspective and from a directional point of view for Apple. The coverage that it has received in the press and the effect it has on the share price are testament to this. Personally I am disappointed, but secretly relieved, that the iPhone just hasn’t grabbed me and that for now my bank balance is healthier than I thought it would be this morning.
Let me know if you will be getting one, and I reserve the right to change my mind when I actually see one!