It looks like Steve Jobs jumped the gun in sticking with the iPhone name, which is owned by Cisco. The two companies were in negotiation as Jobs took the stage on Tuesday to introduce his new mobile device, but didn't find a common ground...
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Wanted to point out a correction on a post I had yesterday. The post made it sound like the Apple-Cisco iPhone agreement over the name was a done deal.
Once the Macworld Steve Jobs glow wears off corporate types, which could be described as prosumers, are going to face a series of interesting decisions. Here they are: --Do I get an iPhone?
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.
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.
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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.