Thank God Stephen is providing some or I would have puked by now. Damn near every single feed I read has someone utterly breathless about something that will be “great when you get it”. The incredible power of slick design. Stephen’s piece is here and he posts some skeptical links here.
You know what? I don’t want to be hardware constrained. Its one reason I don’t like DRM.
You have to admire Apple’s ability to get things “right first time”, though I can’t help but see the Apple rapture as a kind of mania. Meanwhile if it was a Microsoft product we’d be saying ah yes “version 1 I will just wait till they get to version 3″… Well done Apple, you certainly got the telco industry’s attention. The question now is – what do you do with it? I want to see open gardens. 3 may still be the future, iPhone buzz notwithstanding. How many dogs can the tail wag? I can’t really understand why Apple didn’t do a better job mollifying Cisco; instead it just declared war on the network giant’s emerging consumer business.
I am a strange kind of contrarian, it seems, perhaps just a reactionary even. I don’t like lock in. But I am also not a design head… interestingly neither is Stephen.
“My gut feel verdict on the iPhone though, is that it will be like the Sex Pistols of the music industry. Hugely disruptive, headline stealing and immensely influential, but ultimately, others will come along who’ll take the good bits, dominate the market and make most of the money.”