After the keynote

by Giles Turnbull

What does the rest of the world think about Apple’s announcements yesterday? Let’s see now…

Jason Kottke made a quick mock-up to see how the iPhone compared with other devices in terms of size and “holdability”. Pretty well, it seems.

The Age in Australia compares the co-inciding keynotes from Apple and Dell, remarking that while the Apple event was overflowing with people, the hall for the Dell speech was barely half-full. What’s more:

One person in the audience, Mark Parisi, said he liked seeing the products Dell introduced but he also was eager to leave the hall to get to some Internet access to find out what Apple had announced.

The iPhone is a threat to manufacturers of high-end phone handsets, reported Reuters. It quoted one analyst saying:

This (iPhone) does have the potential to shake up the competitive landscape even if it’s not a device that’s targeted to mass consumers. It’s clearly targeted towards the highest-value subscribers and they are the most profitable subscribers.

Engadget soberly reminds us that, technically speaking, iPhone is not a smartphone:

i.e. not a smartphone by conventional terms, being that a smartphone is a platform device that allows software to be installed


2007-01-10 08:29:11
I will be curious to see if they open the platform up, and what other details, if any, might change by the time it launches in half a year.