Last note on iPhone mania

Last note on iPhone mania

Summary: The iPhone is a grand step forward in computing by all reports, including from some of those who were skeptics. It's an elegant combination of Mac, iPod, camera, video player, browser, text messenger, cell phone that fits in your pocket.

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The iPhone is a grand step forward in computing by all reports, including from some of those who were skeptics. It's an elegant combination of Mac, iPod, camera, video player, browser, text messenger, cell phone that fits in your pocket.

I would put in some links here, but by now you have probably had your fill of iPhone mania.

The enthusiasm and associated euphoria of iPhone mania, triggering massive releases of geek endorphins, is a temporary antidote from the usual boring rollouts of me-too products, a tedious game of leap frogging without any profound invention or significant leaps.

Other companies have somewhat similar products, but without the benefit of the Mac OS and Steve Jobs' design sensibilities and negotiating skills. Apple just does it better in this round, and I stress "this round," despite the less than optimal AT&T network in broadband retarded U.S.

It's a first generation product too, so the best is yet to come, but it may not be just from Apple. At $599, the iPhone is not for people who just want a good cell phone, it will raise the bar for all consumer electronics device makers, at least those who have some imagination.

With iPhone mania abating, we will now return to regular summer tech programming--SAP vs. Oracle, Enterprise 2.0, Facebook mania, GPL v.3, security breaches, etc.--and you can catch up on news of the real world, such as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad describing war as an "imperfect science."

Topics: iPhone, Mobility

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  • Uh-huh, I'll believe it when I see it...

    <i>With iPhone mania abating, we will now return to regular summer tech programming?SAP vs. Oracle, Enterprise 2.0, Facebook mania, GPL v.3, security breaches, etc.?and you can catch up on news of the real world, such as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad describing war as an ?imperfect science.?</i>
    Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
  • I'm ready for something different

    No matter how impressed with the iPhone there have been too
    many stores to even worry about keeping up with them. It'll be
    good to see the number drop, but I feat it will take a while for the
    dust to settle. ATT will probably be the main culprit, but there
    will be stories about the back order and the low availability
    during the holiday buying season - maybe even the back-to-
    school buying season.

    I have to admit, though, that it has been a hell of a story since
    Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in January. The iPhone won't
    change the world, but it is going to have a huge impact on the
    mobile phone world and consumers are going to benefit over the
    next few years.
    Ken_z
    • Exactly!

      [i]The iPhone won't change the world, but it is going to have a huge impact on the
      mobile phone world and consumers are going to benefit over the next few years.[/i]

      Why? Because the iPhone is so profoundly different to other mobiles and so beautifully
      and elegantly built. Expect others to copy it shamelessly.
      Mikael_z
  • Other regular stories will include the iPhone

    The only ones who've put the iPhone in the clouds have been the nay-sayers. And
    they did so just so they could knock it down. But, it turned out to be a
    disappointment for them.

    The iPhone isn't going to fix the problems of the world, but its story isn't negligible
    either. For all of the false pretense of avoiding hype, ZDNet provided plenty of it
    by reporting from ignorance. Apple's contributions don't need to be exaggerated
    one way or the other. They just need to be reported--in the fashion that you claim
    to want to do--as regular stories. The day ZDNet covers Apple technology like
    other regular stories, will be the day that myths and false premises will end.
    YinToYourYang-22527499
    • That will not generate hits at ZDNet

      [i]Apple's contributions don't need to be exaggerated one way or the other.[/i]
      Mikael_z
    • Myths and pretenses

      You write: "For all of the false pretense of avoiding hype, ZDNet provided plenty of it by reporting from ignorance. Apple's contributions don't need to be exaggerated one way or the other."

      On behalf of all of our bloggers who have been covering the iPhone phenomenon, buying them, testing them, talking about theme, praising and criticizing it, I have to say you don't really know what you are talking about. People are passionate about the iPhone, and express their informed opinions and experiences, not some regular reporting from ignorance.
      DF
      dbfarber
      • And Adrian's IYAWN is an example of that

        Just one mind you...I think there is perhaps room to admit that there is pretense on both sides of this point.
        Busay
      • None of the ZDNet bloggers...

        were buying or testing iPhones during the big 'hype' period of the last few weeks.
        They, like everyone else, were merely posting opinions based upon conjecture, not
        fact.

        If any one of the ZDNet bloggers posted based on buying and testing before June
        29th, please let us know. There have been more than a few postings before that
        date.

        ZDNet did indeed provide plenty of hype 'by reporting from ignorance.'
        msalzberg
        • Ignorance

          Your point of views seems to be the we don't offer any reporting or opinion until we get our hands on an iPhone. We disagree...and you don't have to read or watch any of our coverage.
          DF
          dbfarber
  • Analyst: Apple sold 500,000 iPhones over the weekend

    If this isn't a good indicator of how well the iPhone is doing then I don't know what is .


    http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9026079&intsrc=hm_list
    I'm Ye, the MS SHILL .