I’ll concede that the iPod’s gargantuan marketing outweighed the fact that it’s not the best MP3 player on the market, but I have a strong suspicion that Steve Jobs has finally mistaken his cult leader status for genuine worldwide market power with the iPhone. Sure, there will be any number of faithful willing to drop +$600 dollars for a phone that, get this, plays music! But with Cisco already laying the trademark smack down over the name, and heavy hitters like the NY Times finally taking a good hard look at iTunes so-called ‘Fair Play’ DRM, this might turn out to be a groundbreaking device on the scale of say, the Newton. Already there are substantial questions as to what exactly this phone will be capable of.
Of course, my favorite breakdown of why the iPhone isn’t that big deal would have to be semi-humor piece that imagines Bill Gates discussing the device with the current face of Apple, Justin Long from the always interesting 10 Zen Monkeys.
I’m very much a “I just want my phone to make/take calls and maybe txt” guy (as my cellphone aversion is well documented here), so it’s a completely useless device to me, and I view it no different than something like the PS3 (ie, not particularly favorably). Does this kind of thing excite anyone here? Beyond it’s design, is there any function really so revolutionary that you’d have to have it?