Apple’s iPhone – Answers to what it does and does not provide
Innovative thinking and design that goes against the status quo to produce something that chooses to carve a new path of features, software, and experience in a handheld device—or just another product to put in our pockets with no real answer to our problems?
Here are some potential problems with the iPhone that some blogs are identifying early and our responses to these potential problems. Do these “technical shortcomings” mean anything to users who are salivating at the iPhone’s hot design and fresh new features?
Does Not: A camera with zoom and flash
But… Do you ever even use the flash on your camera phone, or digital zoom that only makes your picture look worse?
Does Not: A chance to put your own or someone else’s widgets/software on it
But… It’s not yet proven that you can’t put someone else’s software/widgets on the phone. Anyone? Bueller?
Does Not: A chance to use this on EVDO/3G; instead you get EDGE/GSM
But… What can we say. It’s true.
Does Not: Business-level applications
But… The iPhone runs OS X.
Does Not: Synchronization (full) with Exchange (which business users would love)
But… OS X already runs an exchange program that is part of Mac Office.
Does Not: GPS
But… All mobile phones are required to have a built-in GPS for emergency reasons. If this hardware is accessible to the interface, a quick software update could add the GPS service.
Does Not: A second chance to change a battery, if, say, you watch a VIDEO on your phone, and (with a limited battery) suddenly your phone AND your iPod is dead.
But… How many people do you know who actually carry an extra battery around for when their current one dies?
Does Not: A hard QWERTY keyboard. How many of you actually use/have used an OS/soft keyboard with your FINGERS?
But… How many hardware QWERTY keyboards are updateable after they have been shipped? The fact that the iPhone keyboard is software will allow the advancement through software updates. I can understand the “feel” of a hard key system may be different, but is that bad? Also, it only takes one software update for them to allow the keyboard to update to a landscape mode for bigger keys and easier use. If the current layout isn’t popular, they can easily change it.
There will be a lot of FUD (fear-uncertainty-doubt) to overcome if this phone is going to become the next sleek piece of social currency, which is exactly what Apple wants (with a goal to sell 10,000,000 units in 2008).
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