Some good points in How Steve Jobs blew his iPhone keynote.
Feh. The whole argument comes down to "he introduced it too early" but makes absolutely no acknowledgment of the fact that this thing is gonna get submitted to the FCC pretty soon. Jobs even said during the keynote - "we wanted to be the ones to introduce it, not the FCC" - there's no way Engadget was gonna let the iPhone slip through. I think development had finally gotten to the point where they couldn't continue all the cloak and dagger with their third parties (Cingular, Yahoo, Google) without giving up the ghost.
As for giving the competition a head start - it's been five years, where's my iPod killer?
The point about cannibalizing iPod sales is a salient one, unless there's some special event next month where we finally get our full/touch screen 100GB video iPods.
Yeah, there's rampant speculation - will it run office?! - but people are talking and they're going to continue talking until they walk in to an Apple store in June and plunk down their $600.
posted by Jim Ray at 8:53 PM on January 24, 2007
They could just as well hurt iPhone sales by introducting the touchscreen iPod too soon. It will be interesting to see how they play this one -- my guess is that they'll sit on that new iPod for a while. Not the answer I'd personally want to hear, as I'm in the camp (presumably not alone) that could none-too-unhappily settle for the cool media features without the pricey Cingular contract if given the choice.
posted by Dave at 11:07 PM on January 24, 2007
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