Friday, January 12, 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007
02:55 PM
oooh gotta get me one of dese

Apple phone: no need to wait for June on this one.: "Xeni Jardin:

Michael Calanan says, 'Call me a luddite but I much prefer this vintage landline version of an, ahem, 'Apple' phone.' Link, and here's what it looks like with the top half closed: Link.

See also this story by John Markoff in today's NYT: 'Steve Jobs Walks the Tightrope Again.' reg-free Link. Snip:

The leading handset makers — Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Research in Motion, Samsung and Sony Ericsson — are all pushing in the direction of making their devices increasingly look like PCs you can put in your pocket.

Mr. Jobs is moving in that direction, too, but it appears that he wants to control his device much more closely than his competitors do.

‘We define everything that is on the phone,’ he said. ‘You don’t want your phone to be like a PC. The last thing you want is to have loaded three apps on your phone and then you go to make a call and it doesn’t work anymore. These are more like iPods than they are like computers.’

The iPhone model, he insisted, would not look like the rest of the wireless industry.

‘These are devices that need to work, and you can’t do that if you load any software on them,’ he said. ‘That doesn’t mean there’s not going to be software to buy that you can load on them coming from us. It doesn’t mean we have to write it all, but it means it has to be more of a controlled environment.’

Previously on BB:
  • Cisco vs. Apple: lawsuit over The Jesus Phone. Plus: Zunephone.
  • Macworld keynote: iPhone, Apple TV


    (Via Boing Boing.)

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