Apple's iPhone Is Misnamed
Posted by: Rob Hof on January 10, 2007
And no, I don’t mean because Cisco sued Apple over the name. Amid all the potshots at the iPhone for not having this or that feature of this or that cellphone, I think a lot of folks are missing something important: The thing’s a freaking computer! Yeah, you’ll use it as a phone too. But assuming it’s not all vaporware, you’ll be doing a whole lot that you do on your computer now—email, Web browsing, listening to music, watching video. It’s not a complete computer replacement, of course. (I’ll be keenly interested to see if someone comes up with a little Bluetooth keyboard to work with it, for one. Apple will need to open up a lot more to let outside developers and device makers latch onto the iPhone’s coattails.) But the point is, I think Steve Jobs has much more in mind here than Motorola or RIM. I’m not sure that this particular iPhone will appeal to the masses. But finally, you can get a glimpse of how one day you might actually be able to carry your digital life in your pocket.
Update: I actually think the iPhone does face some real challenges, not least that it doesn’t exist as a finished product yet, so we don’t know how well it will really work. But this post offers an interesting response to the critics.