So the iPhone is real. It’s no longer vapourware. And it’s perfect for me. Thank goodness I did not buy an E61 or Sony Ericsson P990. I can’t wait to see the recorder video stream of Steve Jobs’ Macworld keynote today.
If you think that this is simply a large-screen video iPod with some phone functionality ‘thrown in’ you are mistaken. The interface, which I have only read descriptions and seen still image of, is revolutionary. Goodbye keys. Goodbye styluses. Say hello to what Steve Jobs called the best pointing device in the world: your fingers. Not you finger but FINGER. The iPhone has a patented multi-touch screen where more than one finger can be at work.
You know the movie Minority Report. Remember how Tom Cruise used to enlarge pictures on the virtual screen by pulling them apart. The iPhone works basically on that pricnciple.
Also: goodbye little QWERTY keyboards. Apple claims that the virtual on-screen QWERTY keyboard is intelligent enough to make typing easy. This is very important to me. T9 is OK, but I always wated a Qwerty keyboard on my phone.
According to the demos on Apple’s site, the phone functionality seems to be great.
Amazingly this new device (can we really still call this a phone) runs a version of Mac OS X. Which opens up the possibility of powerful applications running on the iPhone. The Safari browser demo just looked great. There was no word in the keynote about third party applications, but I do hope that thinkgs like Skype will eventually come out of the mobile OS X.
Email is alos another thing I wanted to finally experience in a proper mobile manner. Sure my Nokia 6600 can access my POP mailbox (and I’ve done that a few time). But the presence of WiFi (as well as EDGE) networking in the iPhone will make the email experience much better. Push email (ala Blackberry) is another interesting feature og the iPhone.
Another prayer of mine that Apple have answered is the presence of a camera. OK it’s only a 2 megapixel camera which, surprisingly is at the back of the phone (and not in the front, for video conferencing for example). But I need a camera in my phone. Yes I have a proper digital camera too. But I use the phone as a casual point and shoot camera very often.
I am not a mobile media freak. I listen to some podcasts on my Nano. But when I saw the beautiful interface of the iPhones video and photo capabilities, the though of having something like the iPhone in my pocket started to become extremely appealing.
Finally, me being a Mac user, it is perfect that Apple have finally brought out a phone. I don’t have to worry about those annoying synchronization problem that I always get with my Nokia.
The only bad news: I don;t think this phone will reach Jordan before one year. It will be launched in the US in June. It will be in Europe in Q4 2007 and in Asia in 2008. Let’s see if American phones start making their way towards our region in the late summer.
Apple seems to be on track to prove, yet again, that the interface is holy grail of the digital experience age. Jobs claimed that the iPhone has more that 200 patents in it. This changes the game.
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