iPhone announced, iDon’t know what to say

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Phew – what a day. Sorry I’ve yet to weigh in on this bombshell, but it looks as though Cingular’s pulled up the socks that seemed droopy when the Pearl was launched, and have a new fervor with the addition of the iPhone to their roster. MacHead Steve Jobs let us know about the new iFamily member at his keynote speech at MacExpo that’s going on this week.

Now, we pointed you to an article earlier from the National Post who forecasted that the iPhone will be no threat to the BlackBerry, but now – it’s anyone’s guess.

It’s a really neat looking device. “Apple Inc.” (formerly known as Apple Computer) has launched a device that will, according to reliable news sources “leapfrog” over any competition, the BlackBerry included.

The iPhone, which will start at $499 when it launches in June, is controlled by touch, plays music, surfs the Internet and runs the Macintosh computer operating system. Jobs said it will “reinvent” wireless communications…

We’ll talk more about this tomorrow. But for now – first reactions, folks?cinulgar_iphone.jpgcinulgar_iphone.jpgcinulgar_iphone.jpg

  • miguel

    im afraid to say that i may have to part with my BB once my contract is up with tmobile. by that time, the asia phones should be out, so you know that they will include 3G plus who knows what other goodies they come up with. most likely also an increase in memory size. i cant wait to go to an apple store in june and play around with one.

  • miguel

    im afraid to say that i may have to part with my BB once my contract is up with tmobile. by that time, the asia phones should be out, so you know that they will include 3G plus who knows what other goodies they come up with. most likely also an increase in memory size. i cant wait to go to an apple store in june and play around with one.

  • Mike

    Okay, I’m a Mac user and I absolutely love my Blackberry. I think it’s great. I also think the iPhone is amazing. I will have to wait and see how its email works, but they’re two very good devices, and I doubt the Blackberry is going anywhere.

    Both are better than Windows Mobile devices. That’s what counts.

  • Mike

    Okay, I’m a Mac user and I absolutely love my Blackberry. I think it’s great. I also think the iPhone is amazing. I will have to wait and see how its email works, but they’re two very good devices, and I doubt the Blackberry is going anywhere.

    Both are better than Windows Mobile devices. That’s what counts.

  • Steez

    This phone is honestly going to blow every smartphone out of the water. Goodbye treo. Blackberrys are gonna have to fight for there life. Read up on it. Read the specs. This phone is freaking insane.

  • Steez

    This phone is honestly going to blow every smartphone out of the water. Goodbye treo. Blackberrys are gonna have to fight for there life. Read up on it. Read the specs. This phone is freaking insane.

  • Hawkeye

    It looks like I will be a BlackBerry user for only 6 more months. I have really liked my BlackBerrys but the iPhone looks to fill my needs better. I am a Mac user and love my iPod. Currently I carry both my BlackBerry and my iPod and now it looks like I will only need to carry one device, plus it will have better integration with my Mac.

    As a bonus the university that I work for is a member of iTunesU (iTunes for Universities) and I can see this being a huge hit with our students. They will be able to download their course content and view it on their phones as well as manage some of their day to day scheduling, communication and entertainment all in one device. The iPhone has absolutely changed the game for all smart phone creators.

    As a side I do not see this hurting RIMs corporate market base but I do see the iPhone causing major difficulties for the consumer side of their business. The Pearl just doesn’t hold up to the iPhone IMO.

  • Hawkeye

    It looks like I will be a BlackBerry user for only 6 more months. I have really liked my BlackBerrys but the iPhone looks to fill my needs better. I am a Mac user and love my iPod. Currently I carry both my BlackBerry and my iPod and now it looks like I will only need to carry one device, plus it will have better integration with my Mac.

    As a bonus the university that I work for is a member of iTunesU (iTunes for Universities) and I can see this being a huge hit with our students. They will be able to download their course content and view it on their phones as well as manage some of their day to day scheduling, communication and entertainment all in one device. The iPhone has absolutely changed the game for all smart phone creators.

    As a side I do not see this hurting RIMs corporate market base but I do see the iPhone causing major difficulties for the consumer side of their business. The Pearl just doesn’t hold up to the iPhone IMO.

  • George

    It was nice knowing you Mr. Blackberry. I appreciated the fact you are Canadian but you look like an old fart compared to the new, much sexy iPhone.

    If I was you guys, I would start a iphonecool.com website.

  • George

    It was nice knowing you Mr. Blackberry. I appreciated the fact you are Canadian but you look like an old fart compared to the new, much sexy iPhone.

    If I was you guys, I would start a iphonecool.com website.

  • dapoktan

    Oh man.. I was just about to buy an 8700… but this iPhone looks amaaaazzzing… and my ipod just broke!.. pft.. I mean if I heard of SOMETHING about some NEW blackberry something like say, 8800, that could make me want to get a blackberry again.. but no, RIM doesnt know of any “8800″ I guess the iPhone is the one for me then.. sigh

  • dapoktan

    Oh man.. I was just about to buy an 8700… but this iPhone looks amaaaazzzing… and my ipod just broke!.. pft.. I mean if I heard of SOMETHING about some NEW blackberry something like say, 8800, that could make me want to get a blackberry again.. but no, RIM doesnt know of any “8800″ I guess the iPhone is the one for me then.. sigh

  • kant

    The question now is…. will it support push email? even if not i will negotiate 10 or 15 mins for all the functionality you gain… i think you ‘ll be having more blog security opening iphonecool.com .. :)

  • kant

    The question now is…. will it support push email? even if not i will negotiate 10 or 15 mins for all the functionality you gain… i think you ‘ll be having more blog security opening iphonecool.com .. :)

  • http://www.w4network.com/ wayne

    I hate to say this but I told you so! See iphone features on my site(click my name)!!

    Yes it will have push imap mail via yahoo and support all other major email accounts.

    I’ll keep my 8703e for testing but the iPhone will be mine in June!

  • http://www.w4network.com wayne

    I hate to say this but I told you so! See iphone features on my site(click my name)!!

    Yes it will have push imap mail via yahoo and support all other major email accounts.

    I’ll keep my 8703e for testing but the iPhone will be mine in June!

  • Simon

    Well, what to say… I loved my blackberry until today. I now look at it and can’t avoid thinking how old and ugly it is!! I’m really sorry!! you’re great but I have a new love.

    There is only one thing that will make me stay with bb: if my carrier won’t offer flat email/internet with the iPhone as they do with bb. I really use them and also the GoogleTalk for BB.

  • Simon

    Well, what to say… I loved my blackberry until today. I now look at it and can’t avoid thinking how old and ugly it is!! I’m really sorry!! you’re great but I have a new love.

    There is only one thing that will make me stay with bb: if my carrier won’t offer flat email/internet with the iPhone as they do with bb. I really use them and also the GoogleTalk for BB.

  • Troy

    The iPhone is really impressive. My major concern is the touch interface. Cleary, it has its advantages, but I really like having tactile buttons. Just look at how all the Windows Mobile phones use a full Qwerty keyboard. Looks like RIM needs to go back to the drawing board if it has a chance at being competitive in the consumer arena.

  • Troy

    The iPhone is really impressive. My major concern is the touch interface. Cleary, it has its advantages, but I really like having tactile buttons. Just look at how all the Windows Mobile phones use a full Qwerty keyboard. Looks like RIM needs to go back to the drawing board if it has a chance at being competitive in the consumer arena.

  • L. M. Lloyd

    I find it really sad how people just eat up everything Steve Jobs said, and don’t even think about it. The information on this device so far does not indicate a single thing it can do, that you can’t do right now on a Windows Mobile or Palm device. It has a lower resolution than the best Windows Mobile devices, it is EDGE, it doesn’t have expandable memory, it doesn’t have a removable battery, it is locked to one carrier, and it doesn’t have a dedicated keyboard. In many ways, it is a step backwards, not forwards, for smartphones.

    What I really can’t understand, is if this is the kind of device you wanted, why did you buy a BlackBerry in the first place? There have been devices like this for years, so why did you not notice them until Apple put one out?

  • L. M. Lloyd

    I find it really sad how people just eat up everything Steve Jobs said, and don’t even think about it. The information on this device so far does not indicate a single thing it can do, that you can’t do right now on a Windows Mobile or Palm device. It has a lower resolution than the best Windows Mobile devices, it is EDGE, it doesn’t have expandable memory, it doesn’t have a removable battery, it is locked to one carrier, and it doesn’t have a dedicated keyboard. In many ways, it is a step backwards, not forwards, for smartphones.

    What I really can’t understand, is if this is the kind of device you wanted, why did you buy a BlackBerry in the first place? There have been devices like this for years, so why did you not notice them until Apple put one out?

  • L. M. Lloyd

    I find it really sad how people just eat up everything Steve Jobs said, and don’t even think about it. The information on this device so far does not indicate a single thing it can do, that you can’t do right now on a Windows Mobile or Palm device. It has a lower resolution than the best Windows Mobile devices, it is EDGE, it doesn’t have expandable memory, it doesn’t have a removable battery, it is locked to one carrier, and it doesn’t have a dedicated keyboard. In many ways, it is a step backwards, not forwards, for smartphones.

    What I really can’t understand, is if this is the kind of device you wanted, why did you buy a BlackBerry in the first place? There have been devices like this for years, so why did you not notice them until Apple put one out?

  • dapoktan

    cuz its shiny.

  • dapoktan

    cuz its shiny.

  • dapoktan

    Arite, seriously tho.
    I like the iPhone cuz it looks like it could be great.. like I was really excited for WM5 and palm phones before they came out.. obviously I wont buy one til I read reviews, and try it out myself.. If the OS is stable, give me respectable battery life, I’ll be happy! my ipod broke a month ago as well (dropped down stairs..GAH)
    what can I do other that oogle at this thing the day it was announced? its not any more than I did at any other phone..
    but full fledged webbrowser and html email is awesome.. I hope therell be an AIM app, and 8GB.. heck 4GB is enough space for me..

    and who said theres no removable battery?

    now to buy screen protecters and cleaning the screen every few minutes.. THAT’ll be annoying ..

  • dapoktan

    Arite, seriously tho.
    I like the iPhone cuz it looks like it could be great.. like I was really excited for WM5 and palm phones before they came out.. obviously I wont buy one til I read reviews, and try it out myself.. If the OS is stable, give me respectable battery life, I’ll be happy! my ipod broke a month ago as well (dropped down stairs..GAH)
    what can I do other that oogle at this thing the day it was announced? its not any more than I did at any other phone..
    but full fledged webbrowser and html email is awesome.. I hope therell be an AIM app, and 8GB.. heck 4GB is enough space for me..

    and who said theres no removable battery?

    now to buy screen protecters and cleaning the screen every few minutes.. THAT’ll be annoying ..

  • http://www.optimuscrime.com/ optimuscrime

    I’ve had a BB since the 850. And I’m ready to switch the minute the iPhone’s available in Canada.

  • http://www.optimuscrime.com optimuscrime

    I’ve had a BB since the 850. And I’m ready to switch the minute the iPhone’s available in Canada.

  • DJ

    Just finished watching the launch webcast. Demo was astonishing – user interface looks incredibly simple and so intuitive it even conference calling looked easy! My wife watched 1st few minutes of demo and an iPhone is now firmly on her birthday wishlist. Personally I might wait for bigger memory (surely >8gb is not far away) and, if not too long a wait the 3G version so I can use in Far East when I travel. Blackberry got some serious competition coming that’s for sure and anything using Windows CE might just as well give up now.

  • DJ

    Just finished watching the launch webcast. Demo was astonishing – user interface looks incredibly simple and so intuitive it even conference calling looked easy! My wife watched 1st few minutes of demo and an iPhone is now firmly on her birthday wishlist. Personally I might wait for bigger memory (surely >8gb is not far away) and, if not too long a wait the 3G version so I can use in Far East when I travel. Blackberry got some serious competition coming that’s for sure and anything using Windows CE might just as well give up now.

  • Hello

    Hello, have you ever typed with the onscreen keyboard on a PocketPC? It will be hard (impossible) to tap out an email on that screen. And while they tout it as running OSX, rumour is that its a first-party software only system. Only Apple software is going on there. Maybe a widget or two (widget == javascript). That makes it a more closed device than BlackBerry ever was. This just as the BB software community is hitting critical mass.

  • Hello

    Hello, have you ever typed with the onscreen keyboard on a PocketPC? It will be hard (impossible) to tap out an email on that screen. And while they tout it as running OSX, rumour is that its a first-party software only system. Only Apple software is going on there. Maybe a widget or two (widget == javascript). That makes it a more closed device than BlackBerry ever was. This just as the BB software community is hitting critical mass.

  • Thought

    I’ll have more in my article out later, but one thing to note: doesn’t Steve Jobs give the best presentations out there? The guy is amazing…the graphics used in the presentations are masterpieces of making their point in a simple, visual way…

    Lloyd: let’s see…with this phone you get a full web browser experience, you get a far larger screen for viewing still images and video…you get an amazing UI…you don’t need removable media because you get either 4 GB or 8 GB internal memory…although I would expect future releases to have some form of removable memory…the no fixed keyboard allows for the virtual keyboard, which allows for the far larger screen and its advantages…

    As to there being devices out there like this for years: can you name one?

  • Thought

    I’ll have more in my article out later, but one thing to note: doesn’t Steve Jobs give the best presentations out there? The guy is amazing…the graphics used in the presentations are masterpieces of making their point in a simple, visual way…

    Lloyd: let’s see…with this phone you get a full web browser experience, you get a far larger screen for viewing still images and video…you get an amazing UI…you don’t need removable media because you get either 4 GB or 8 GB internal memory…although I would expect future releases to have some form of removable memory…the no fixed keyboard allows for the virtual keyboard, which allows for the far larger screen and its advantages…

    As to there being devices out there like this for years: can you name one?

  • Thought

    I’ll have more in my article out later, but one thing to note: doesn’t Steve Jobs give the best presentations out there? The guy is amazing…the graphics used in the presentations are masterpieces of making their point in a simple, visual way…

    Lloyd: let’s see…with this phone you get a full web browser experience, you get a far larger screen for viewing still images and video…you get an amazing UI…you don’t need removable media because you get either 4 GB or 8 GB internal memory…although I would expect future releases to have some form of removable memory…the no fixed keyboard allows for the virtual keyboard, which allows for the far larger screen and its advantages…

    As to there being devices out there like this for years: can you name one?

  • George

    I find it funny that the most commented post in bbcool history maybe is of a phone from another company. Wow just goes to show you the hype surrounding this thing.

    Apple fanboy or not, you have to respect what they brought to the table. This thing is going to kick every other device manufacturer’s butt in high gear. Now even the 8800 devices don’t even look as hot.

  • George

    I find it funny that the most commented post in bbcool history maybe is of a phone from another company. Wow just goes to show you the hype surrounding this thing.

    Apple fanboy or not, you have to respect what they brought to the table. This thing is going to kick every other device manufacturer’s butt in high gear. Now even the 8800 devices don’t even look as hot.

  • L. M. Lloyd

    Thought, sure I can name one, the HTC Wizard, and it has a full touchscreen, as well as a full keyboard. Or how about any number of iPaqs? How about everything but the actual EDGE module, in any number of Cliés? The fact is, all this really amounts to, is what I always thought Palm should have done with the Treo. The only advancement this has over something like a high-end Clié from three years ago is that it it has the phone integrated (instead of using a separate phone through Bluetooth), and it is thinner. I would expect that after 3 years, and don’t really see it as even remotely innovative.

    Of course, I notice you left yourself plenty of wiggle room with the “you get an amazing UI” comment, because you can just discount any Windows device saying you don’t like the UI. However, Windows works for a lot of people, and they like it just fine.

    As far as “you don’t need removable media because you get either 4 GB or 8 GB internal memory.” Come on, you’re a smart guy. Definitely smart enough to know that any “it’s all the storage you’ll ever need” comment is bound to be a mistake. The number one requested feature on every smartphone to come out for years has been removable storage. It doesn’t matter how much it has, people like having the ability to add more. The lack of removable storage is a mistake. An SD slot would have let you put another 4GB in there.

    I will also point out that things like the OQO and Sony UX handheld make the “full web browser experience” and “far larger screen for viewing still images and video” look a little silly, as they have full, real browsers, and VGA resolutions. By the same token, Opera running on a VGA Windows Mobile device is a pretty solid web browsing experience as well. This is exactly where converged devices were going a few years back, before everyone decided to start chasing the BlackBerry. Only time will tell if maybe they should have continued in this direction, but personally, I think there were very good reasons people pulled back from the high-res touchscreens, and started going for the smaller screens with a thumb-board.

    Of course, you have to take into account the Apple-loving media effect, so any minor difference between the iPhone and anything else in the already crowded space between a laptop and a phone becomes a “huge industry defining innovation.” Personally, I think that this is just another compromise device that will enjoy a niche market until something useful comes out of the UMPC/TabletPC market.

  • L. M. Lloyd

    Thought, sure I can name one, the HTC Wizard, and it has a full touchscreen, as well as a full keyboard. Or how about any number of iPaqs? How about everything but the actual EDGE module, in any number of Cliés? The fact is, all this really amounts to, is what I always thought Palm should have done with the Treo. The only advancement this has over something like a high-end Clié from three years ago is that it it has the phone integrated (instead of using a separate phone through Bluetooth), and it is thinner. I would expect that after 3 years, and don’t really see it as even remotely innovative.

    Of course, I notice you left yourself plenty of wiggle room with the “you get an amazing UI” comment, because you can just discount any Windows device saying you don’t like the UI. However, Windows works for a lot of people, and they like it just fine.

    As far as “you don’t need removable media because you get either 4 GB or 8 GB internal memory.” Come on, you’re a smart guy. Definitely smart enough to know that any “it’s all the storage you’ll ever need” comment is bound to be a mistake. The number one requested feature on every smartphone to come out for years has been removable storage. It doesn’t matter how much it has, people like having the ability to add more. The lack of removable storage is a mistake. An SD slot would have let you put another 4GB in there.

    I will also point out that things like the OQO and Sony UX handheld make the “full web browser experience” and “far larger screen for viewing still images and video” look a little silly, as they have full, real browsers, and VGA resolutions. By the same token, Opera running on a VGA Windows Mobile device is a pretty solid web browsing experience as well. This is exactly where converged devices were going a few years back, before everyone decided to start chasing the BlackBerry. Only time will tell if maybe they should have continued in this direction, but personally, I think there were very good reasons people pulled back from the high-res touchscreens, and started going for the smaller screens with a thumb-board.

    Of course, you have to take into account the Apple-loving media effect, so any minor difference between the iPhone and anything else in the already crowded space between a laptop and a phone becomes a “huge industry defining innovation.” Personally, I think that this is just another compromise device that will enjoy a niche market until something useful comes out of the UMPC/TabletPC market.

  • http://www.rogercoleman.co.uk/ Rog

    I think this Apple iphone is a smartphone for consumers just like the BB Perl. IMHO I don’t think it will be too bad for RIM because the lack of keyboard and general flashiness will put off power users (which I see as the lifeblood of RIM). I’m hoping that the 8800 will be announced sooner rather than later so that RIM take advantage of the iphone hype. The iPhone is very expensive given the target market.

  • http://www.rogercoleman.co.uk Rog

    I think this Apple iphone is a smartphone for consumers just like the BB Perl. IMHO I don’t think it will be too bad for RIM because the lack of keyboard and general flashiness will put off power users (which I see as the lifeblood of RIM). I’m hoping that the 8800 will be announced sooner rather than later so that RIM take advantage of the iphone hype. The iPhone is very expensive given the target market.

  • Krad

    After 24 hours… and an online demo on apple.com… my impressibable factor has been put back to normal.

    There are pros and cons to this particlar device…

    Like the wii, we will see advertisements and other type of iphone malware when it is released. The battery life appears to be something to laugh at.

    For a glorified ipod it is great… but i am not sure how well this will actual work. I believe it might turn out to be the motorola q all over again…

    everyone gets a turn.. and moves on to what get things done.

    loading an entire os is very impressive though…

    could you imagine xp on a phone… bloat bloat.

  • Krad

    After 24 hours… and an online demo on apple.com… my impressibable factor has been put back to normal.

    There are pros and cons to this particlar device…

    Like the wii, we will see advertisements and other type of iphone malware when it is released. The battery life appears to be something to laugh at.

    For a glorified ipod it is great… but i am not sure how well this will actual work. I believe it might turn out to be the motorola q all over again…

    everyone gets a turn.. and moves on to what get things done.

    loading an entire os is very impressive though…

    could you imagine xp on a phone… bloat bloat.

  • Thought

    Lloyd: the fact that you have to name an assortment of devices that cobble together some of the features of the iPhone only makes my point.

    The HTC Windows Mobile devices with touchscreen and virtual keyboard are laughable compared to the implementation of those features within the iPhone.

    I agree that removable media would also be nice, but again, I expect that in a future iteration of the device.

    As to the full web browsing experience…sure the OQO and Sony UX micro PC offer that, but at over 3 times the price…over $2000 and still at a larger size.

    Bottom line: this device breaks ground in many, many ways. Sure, it’s not going to put all other vendors out of business, but it will make its mark.

    The only caveat is that we still haven’t actually used one and seen that it delivers on its promises. But knowing Apple and its penchant for perfection, it’s more likely than not that it will actually work as advertised.

  • Thought

    Lloyd: the fact that you have to name an assortment of devices that cobble together some of the features of the iPhone only makes my point.

    The HTC Windows Mobile devices with touchscreen and virtual keyboard are laughable compared to the implementation of those features within the iPhone.

    I agree that removable media would also be nice, but again, I expect that in a future iteration of the device.

    As to the full web browsing experience…sure the OQO and Sony UX micro PC offer that, but at over 3 times the price…over $2000 and still at a larger size.

    Bottom line: this device breaks ground in many, many ways. Sure, it’s not going to put all other vendors out of business, but it will make its mark.

    The only caveat is that we still haven’t actually used one and seen that it delivers on its promises. But knowing Apple and its penchant for perfection, it’s more likely than not that it will actually work as advertised.

  • Dan

    WiFi is the kicker. Here in Canada there are no devices with WiFi and data costs are insane. Toronto has a lot of free Wifi as well as the HydoOne network all over the downtown for $20 a month.

    So far Rogers and Bell have been able to dictate the removal of Wifi from devices, something tells me Apple won’t be willing to do that, so the savings in data alone, and being able to use it without that nagging feeling of my wallet emptying will be well worth the cost.

  • Dan

    WiFi is the kicker. Here in Canada there are no devices with WiFi and data costs are insane. Toronto has a lot of free Wifi as well as the HydoOne network all over the downtown for $20 a month.

    So far Rogers and Bell have been able to dictate the removal of Wifi from devices, something tells me Apple won’t be willing to do that, so the savings in data alone, and being able to use it without that nagging feeling of my wallet emptying will be well worth the cost.

  • Simon

    Lloyd, come on!

    When iPod came out Creative had 20GB hard discs, recording features video playback fm radio and loads of other stuff.

    Yet the iPod sold more.

    Why? well, it clear enough.

    To quote Steve:
    People don’t know what they want. You have to tell them what they want.

    Until today Nokia and co told people that they needed gps and 5mp cameras. Today Apple is saying you need the best user experience and ease of use. Who do you think will win?? Well look at iPod and you have your answer.

    If you don’t see it, then go buy an iPaq or a Jasjar (what a stupid name)!!

    I don’t care. i don’t even know you!!

    And to make a point here I’m going to tell you I’ll not buy the first gen iPhone either. Why? you won’t care anyway so have a nice day!

    Simon

  • Simon

    Lloyd, come on!

    When iPod came out Creative had 20GB hard discs, recording features video playback fm radio and loads of other stuff.

    Yet the iPod sold more.

    Why? well, it clear enough.

    To quote Steve:
    People don’t know what they want. You have to tell them what they want.

    Until today Nokia and co told people that they needed gps and 5mp cameras. Today Apple is saying you need the best user experience and ease of use. Who do you think will win?? Well look at iPod and you have your answer.

    If you don’t see it, then go buy an iPaq or a Jasjar (what a stupid name)!!

    I don’t care. i don’t even know you!!

    And to make a point here I’m going to tell you I’ll not buy the first gen iPhone either. Why? you won’t care anyway so have a nice day!

    Simon