Lev Grossman's story in Time describes how the iPhone germinated in a project to develop a tablet PC:The iPhone developed the way a lot of cool things do: with a false start. A few years ago Jobs noticed how many development dollars were being spent—particularly in the greater Seattle metropolitan area—on what are called tablet PCs: flat, portable computers that work with a touchscreen instead of a mouse and keyboard.
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David Pogue of the New York Times was given an audience with the Pope of Apple and spent an hour playing with the iPhone, confirming that the multi-function mobile device is way more that smoke and mirrors at this stage. Here are a few excerpts: It feels amazing in your hand.
Notable headlines:Well that iPhone was quite the looker eh? Onto the coverage: For starters a Techmeme longer than your arm.
What can you do about bad software? Tune into this podcast to hear David Platt, author of "Why Software Sucks" discuss the problem and some possible solutions.
I pinged several people at Macworld, including Apple executives regarding what's behind Apple's use of the iPhone name, given than Cisco owns it.
If you're having some trouble navigating all the news and views from Macworld here are some handy links:ZDNet's Macworld blog focus.News roundup.
We have video of Steve Jobs' introduction of the new iPhone and the demo of Apple's latest contribution to humankind. He shows off photo sharing, text messaging, Web browsing and mapping features.
I put together a photo gallery of shots from the Steve Jobs Macworld keynote. Jobs was in fine form as he announced that Apple has shed the "Computer" in its name and is now officially Apple Inc.
The impact of Apple's iPhone, rolled out at Macworld by Steve Jobs, is going to have a lasting impact on the tech industry beyond today's big splash. Here's a look at the winners and losers: Winners: Cingular: By becoming the exclusive carrier for the iPhone, AT&T's wireless unit is going to hit rivals such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint hard.
With most companies--those that use Webcasts--real-time blogging of an event isn't a necessity. Apple's Macworld keynotes are a different story.