iPhone 10-day round-up

As we go into the 10 final days before the release of the highly awaited apple iPhone, I would like to recap my thoughts and discuss some new specs that have popped up since the last time I wrote a post about it.

  1. Battery life: apple announced this week that the iPhone’s battery will have 8 hours of talk time instead of the 5 Steve Jobs mentioned in his Macworld ’07 keynote. I still think that a lot of people are going to be very disappointed about the battery-life. If you use your iPod and surf the net as much as I do and make some calls on top of that, you will be recharging the thing every 2-3 days.
  2. Applications: in last weeks WWDC ’07 keynote, Jobs unveiled that all iPhone apps will be running in the safari app. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed about this. What I would like to see is the the ability to add applicitons to the menu squares according to your needs (for example a flickr upload app for pictures u took with the camera, a wordpress app …) I know that you are able to do all these things with the browser, but wouldn’t it be easier if the services you need had their own dedicated application with a shortcut in the menu ? Kind of like the widgets, maybe even widgets could serve as apps, who knows.
  3. Widescreen iPod: the fact that you can now use cover-flow on your iPod is pretty cool, but I think will go back to their regular artist-lists in no time. I know that cover-flow is really popular in iTunes, but you still have the ability to use the lists as well (I know you can go in full-screen mode, but do you really use that on the mac when you have front-row ?
  4. Internet communications device: it looks awesome, while safari on the mac is great but a bit slow at times, apple has really raised the bar for mobile-browsing. The interaction with the sites and the fact that you don’t have to use the baby-internet will make it the best mobile net-experience you’ll have ever had.
  5. Ringtones: looking at the tabs that the iPhone provides in iTunes based on slide Macworld keynote-slides we can speculate that appel might be selling ringtones through the iTunes music store. Don’t think that would be a good move, we already pay for our songs and now we have to pay for a 30 sec clip ? Just let us use our songs we buy and put on the iPod as ringtones …
  6. Pricing: since Americans have to put down loads of dollars to get their hands on this thing, there is very little hope we will be able to get an iPhone for under 600 euros (700+ dollars) … that’s going to hurt.
  7. Carrier: apple is apparantly having trouble finding a carrier for the iPhone in Europe which might mean that we will be able to get it unlocked … that’s great … if all the features are supported by your current carrier.
  8. 3: will the European version gave 3G ? It would be the smart thing to do. Let’s hope prices for data-service won’t be as ridiculous as what we pay for the phone.
  9. screen: love the multitouch, let’s just hope it doesn’t scratch as easy as an iPod.
  10. size: the thing might be a bit bulky to carry around compared to the ever shrinking array of phones that is availabe at the moment.

That about wraps it up ! It’ll take at least another 6 months before we get our version of the iPhone, thanks to America for being beta-testers 😉

Comments greatly appreciated as always.

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