I-Day iPhone perspective: News you can use

Here's a synopsis of the most newsworthy items regarding the iPhone on I-Day:

  1. The New York Times published an FAQ ('scuse me, a List of Often-Asked iQuestions) for the iPhone, following on the heels of The Register's cost projection of just how expensive an iPhone will be (two kilobucks a year?), and the Gartner critique of the iPhone's abilities. For those IT pros who must debunk bleeding-edge gear for what it won't do, and provide a cost-benefit analysis, this could be a timesaver.
  2. AT&T's gotten their EDGE 2.5 G network all shiny now with significant speedups, but AT&T nabobs caution customers not to expect radical speeds. This follows on the heels of my June 5 report on the subject.
  3. Want to wait? Europe's going to get a true 3 G version of the iPhone by year's end, with an announcement planned for the 2nd of July, also confirmed by The Register.
  4. WIRED issued a call to hack the iPhone, polling on what the mentally well-endowed should code for their iPhones.
  5. WIRED also leaked plans for a free online Office-type suite, iZoho.
  6. Push e-mail is available from Visto, but no BlackBerry on board.
  7. Apple has just launched a "Works With iPhone" program with an unexciting logo, but the offerings are scanty.
  8. A Piper Jaffray analyst is recycling news from the ATT grapevine that Treo 750 sales are suffering as a result of iPhone fever. Add this to the dark quarterly earnings announced today for Palm, and you can expect a comeback appeal with Treo price slashing.

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Tech Republic is "late to the gate" with most of this information, as almost all the information disclosed here has been on the Mac Rumors (and others) sites for days. Last Friday evening, people already had the iPhone apart, and pictures were up on the web. The iPhone is such a hot consumer device that the consumer-side news outlets hsve, nearly instantaneously, covered this event in excruciating detail.


I love my iPod. I love my MacBook. Fake Steve Jobs ( is not too shabby. Along with the rest of the universe, I was preparing to love the iPhone, until today when the real Steve Jobs announced the way third party developers would be allowed to add applications: the Web. That's right, the iPhone will come complete with Safari, and developers will be able to harness the power of Web 2.0 to create software with all of the same bells and whistles as native iPhone applications. According to Apple, this allows third party applications to "extend the iPhone's capabilities without compromising its security or reliability." Uh ... that's scary. It's already hard to get Web security right, and giving the Web browser access to your contacts, your photos, and your music just ups the penalty for getting it wrong. If the Web is the platform of the future, then cross-site scripting is the next buffer overflow. This is bad news. I'm going to stop writing iPhone and start writing iP0wn.


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