Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’
Apple announced some significant changes to their iPod lineup today. To summarize:
- The Nano now has widescreen with video.
- The regular iPod is now called the iPod Classic and comes in sizes up to 160GB.
- The iPod Touch is essentially an iPhone without the phone. It maxes out at 16GB.
- The iPhone has a price drop of $200, down to $399 for an 8GB phone.
- The iPod Touch and iPhone will allow wireless purchasing of music.
Well, it really sucks if you paid $600 for an iPhone only a few weeks ago. But with the price drop, proliferation of the already popular iPhone should explode. The Nano is infinitely cooler thanks to the new video, and the Classic is a beast of storage. If the Touch were 32GB or more, I would run out and get one tomorrow. 16GB is just not quite enough for me, though the wireless aspect of it is incredibly tempting. I would have liked to have seen a little more power out of the Touch, but Apple is going to slowly upgrade it to keep people buying more and more iPods. I’ll wait a year or so and get the second generation.
I found this list via Digg. What I have always loved about Apple’s design philosophy is how they make products more useful by taking features away (e.g. no on/off button on an iPod). It creates a simpler product that performs cleanly. Whether or not the design of the iPhone is successful will be determined in the next year or two. As far as the list of disappointments, there are certainly some valid issues on there, especially the issue of whether or not the keyboard will be usable. But I think some items don’t need to be addressed. For example, take these two:
2. There is no file browser on the device at all. Data must be organized (if at all) in the appropriate application.
3. The camera is a simple application that has ONE button: the shutter. Pictures come out okay on the device, but nothing too fancy on a monitor, especially if it was an attempt at a macro shot.
Are these things that I really want to do from a phone? Now, certainly some people will want to manipulate files and use advanced camera setting on their phone, but I’m willing to be most people won’t. Particularly with cell phone cameras, I think most people just want to point, click, and take a snapshot. Just because more features can be added doesn’t mean that they should be added. To each his own, but give me the simple approach.
CNet has an article about what might be the most overlooked innovation of the iPhone: activating a cell phone online. Activating phones in the store has to be one of the most frustrating consumer experiences. From the article:
Here’s the scenario: go online and find the phone you want when your contract is up. Once you pick out your new companion for the next two years, drive over to your carrier’s nearest location and wait for one of the sales representatives to ask you why you’re there in the first place. Once you tell them you want a phone, go look around at all of the cellies they have laying around while they confirm that you are eligible for the low-cost offer.
OK, so now that your sales representative has come back, tell them which phone you want, and begin the agonizing process of switching your number to the phone and signing documents. One hour later, you are finally on your way home with a new cell phone while looking down the barrel at hours more of inputting contacts. Sounds great, huh?
With the release of the iPhone, this process will be entirely averted. Here’s the new scenario: Walk in and tell the sales representative you want an iPhone. He or she hands you the box, and you pay the bill. See ya later! In just a few short minutes, you will have your new phone, and a half hour, at best, is not wasted. Now that is what I call a revolution.