Weekend Contest: the iPhone effect

Hopefully this is the last mention of the iPhone for a little while (and I don’t think I’m the only one who’s sick of the hype already). But the question needed to be asked. I’m not going to ask you to choose between the two, because if we’ve all come to any conclusion, it’s that RIM’s corporate business is still safe while on the consumer front, all mobile manufacturers are shaking.

This week we ask you: what will the iPhone’s effect be on the entire wireless industry? Will we see quicker releases? More innovation? Buy-outs? Civil war? Let me know. The winner this week, strangely enough, will walk away with a $20 gift certificate from iTunes (hopefully not to use on their iPhone in June).

Last week, NDA risk was the topic of our weekend contest. We asked if you would “take one for the team” and post leaked pictures and information even if you knew it could cost you or a friend their employment. Jason had a lovely and conscientious reply, so he’s walking away with three games from Magmic.

“I don’t know anything really about NDAs, but what I do know is that if you are really somebody’s friend, you don’t do something that can get them in trouble. It’s as simple as that. Whether you signed a paper or not, if your friend said they would get in trouble if anyone else saw it and then you still posted pictures of it on the internet, you SCREWED UP. But, I’m from Indiana, maybe things are simpler here.”

If “simpler” is what you want to call it, then we’ll let you, Jason. Congrats on the win. And everybody else - enjoy your weekend and check out the great editorial content that BBCool will be churning out over the next few weeks. New columnists, new angles, new stories, new things to bitch and moan about. Cheers.

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January 12th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Not this year, nor the next.

The ipod affected the industry when they had their 4th gen ipod. It was then when everybody and their mother wanted one. It was then when they introduced the ipod mini.

The first iphone is going to suck. It’s going to have major problems. The second one will be better, and the third one will be better still. When the 4th gen iphone comes out, and then other models of the iphone appear for the cheaper users… -that- is when the iphone will rock.

The first iphones cannot purchase songs from itunes, and that is going to be an incredible selling point when it happens, and I believe it will happen in their 4th generation of iphones.

The battery life will suck for the first iphones. The touchscreen will wear out after 6 months of use. The receiption will interfere with your white ipod earphones, and you’ll be disappointed with your shiny new toy. And when it gets wet it will blow up in fire and brimstone.

Have patience, and wait it out. Purchase the new BlackBerry 8800 and get a 2 gig microSD memory card and put your music on that. Transfer the music and video from your computer to your BlackBerry, and then when the major bugs have been settled with the iphone after 2 years, and dropped $200 bucks, purchase it and enjoy it then.

January 12th, 2007 at 6:34 pm

The iPhone will essentially change the way we look at phones. Currently cellphones are what they seem like, phones that help us make phone calls when we are out and about. One may say that phones these days are far more though. Phones have MP3 players, organizers, e-mail, web browsers, and the ability to do anything you would if you had a large computer.

I have owned many of these jack-of-all-trades phones (currently the blackjack). I hand someone my phone and they can barely understand how to make calls on it. Syncing is not the simplest thing, and is not meant to be multi-platform (just Windows).

It is easy to brush this off and say, “Well a jack of all trades phone isn’t for everyone”. Apple’s iPhone is ditching this concept and instead stating that a consumer’s cellphone should have more and better functions. To Apple you should be able to pick up a phone and know how to use all its functions, no matter how unfamiliar you are with the phone.

In the computing world, there is a big OS battle: Mac vs. Microsoft. Look at the development of that battle. Apple unveiled the iPod and that led to an interest in their computers. People began to try the OS and notice its extremely simple and friendly UI. While Mac OS X doesn’t have nearly the amount of compatible programs, the average consumer liked that they were able to understand how to get more out of the Apple platform than Windows. Keep in mind that just because you can get more out of a computer doesn’t mean that the computer can DO more.

Now let’s take a look at the world of phones. There are dozens of OSes or UIs for phones. However, let us focus on just the Blackberry, Palm, and Windows platforms. These phones tend to incorporate many functions that we all know. However, for the normal consumer, they are a) too buggy or b) too difficult to understand to use.

The iPhone changes how UIs and OSes will be developed. For years, Phones have gotten to be more and more stylish and compact. Look at how ugly the first cellphone was. It was a gray monstrosity. The iPhone follows the fusion of style into electronics. Sure the touch screen was a development, but the real development is making a cellphone more than a poor recreation of an MP3 player or even an email client.

If Motorola thinks that their typical UI will be successful after this phone, think again. If the Windows Mobile Smartphone software plans to exist for a lot longer, they better change it all up.

Like I said, Apple has redesigned hardware to an extent that will change how things look, but they have changed how easy it is to work your future cellphones. Think OS X vs. Vista, but in the cellphone game.

Coming to a wireless provider near you, the mobile OS war….

January 13th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

The iPhone fundamentally changes the way every mobile phone maker will develop their products going forward. It has to, or Apple will blow them all away as more iPhones come out at lower price points. Whereas every other phone maker accepted the common user interface deciding between a keypad or full qwerty keyboard and adding a d-pad, Apple created a totally new user interface from the start. Once this multi-touch technology was created, it gave them the opportunity to put a huge, seemingly beautiful screen on the device and it opened so many possibilities for intuitive use for music, videos, photos, web surfing, and really any application for digital media.

The real innovation in this device IS the multi touch technology. It allows you to literally grab hold of your media on the phone. Look at how you scroll through contacts, or go through photos, or resize photos with a pinch, or surf the internet and grab parts of the web page and zoom in, or use Google maps, or…well you get the idea. (I highly recommend going to the Apple website and watching the keynote address or downloading the podcast) If you have used two finger scrolling on the macbook pros, then you know what I mean. It feels like you are grabbing the page as you scroll. If in fact this screen proves to be durable, and there is no way of knowing this until time passes with device use, the implications for all of their products is huge. Anyone who says there is no innovation here, including some responders above, absolutely has no idea – not only is multi touch an amazing innovation, but the company filed for over 200 patents in creating this device. If that’s not innovation then what is?

I am an avid Blackberry user, owning them all and currently using a Pearl, and when I saw the keynote address at Macworld it made my Pearl feel like I got it 5 years ago. Yes, you can do everything on the Pearl today that the iPhone will do, but I don’t feel that ease of use and slick interface like the iPhone seems to have. I have never felt like that for any mobile phone and I have owned probably 75 different phones. IPhone changes the game. Apple will incorporate this technology in to all of their iPods and probably come out with a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone (think Nano sized vs. full video iPod size of iPhone).

Not only does the iPhone change the game for the mobile phone industry, but it also has large implications in the handheld/laptop computer market. It seems quite feasible that they may also come out with a small tablet computer utilizing the multi touch technology. Imagine they then loaded it with Leopard, Apple’s new operating system, and what if Leapard allowed for full integration of Windows APIs. A long shot yes, but it would have devastating effects on Windows market share. I would happily give up my macbook pro for a small tablet with some kind of dock and external monitor with or without the above mentioned Windows APIs.

Last, there is one issue that needs to be addressed – and that is that the iPhone that was announced this week may not be the final version. Maybe they add 3G capabilities, or actually do have the mobile iTunes Store application with over the air downloads in the works. It is absolutely ridiculous that some people and even some journalists have made predictions and given strong opinions of this device without getting the chance to fully use the commercial version of the device, not some prototype 6 months before release. So to complain iPhone does or does not have some functionality is nonsense until me or you can walk into a store and actually have the opportunity to buy one.

The game has changed. Motorola, Nokia, Palm, and even my beloved RIM (for only the consumer side of the biz really, the enterprise/gov biz will continue to be dominated by the Blackberry) better wake up or a large part of the consumer market will be handed over to Apple with this phone and more so, future iterations and the also rans will be left fighting over selling $50-100 flip phones with razr thin margins. WORD.

January 15th, 2007 at 9:23 am


From what I understand Jobs did mention Exchange support in his keynote but from my understanding it was only Exchange support via pop or IMAP.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/internet/ doesn’t mention any direct Exchange support.

Also I failed to mention in my previous post a story that to me illustrates the shock at the cost of a new data plan. I had a secretary buy herself a Motorola Q, which she promptly returned upon discovering she had to pay $45/month for unlimited data alone.

I know some old data plans were cheaper than this, but new unlimited data plans from cingular are in the $40-45 range. No reason to suppose they are going to be less expensive in June.

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