One word can describe the feeling I had when I first saw what Steve Jobs had in mind in his keynote speech. Excitement! I believe the rumors were true folks. Apple has done it again. I believe they have taken the idea and ran with it here. Combining the audio player (iPod), phone, and network communications into one package is not a new idea, but Apple takes it to a whole new level.
I believe it was Scott McNealy who said The answering machine put voice mail by the desk, and then it went back into the network. He continued, Your iPod is like your home answering machine. I guarantee you it will be hard to sell an iPod five or seven years from now when every cell phone can access your entire music library wherever you are. The folks at The Register had this to add: Well, sure. Unless your iPod is your cell phone.
How true that it is all coming into focus now. Well, now you have it Mr. McNealy, Apple has raised the bar. You can't help getting pumped up while Mr. Jobs is introducing this new product. I did at first, but then my business brain kicked in and developed questions and possible answers to those questions in the form of business opportunity. For example, the iPhone looks very fragile and the screen is going to be very important to preserve, so why not produce a protective cover? I wager they're already out there by now though.
It is possible to come up with various pros and cons just by Steve's demo. You'll see what I mean:
Fragility. Don't drop this thing! Scratch city folks. The more gadgets the more that can break.
Price: I can only imagine.
Storage: ONLY 4 or 8 GB? Looks like I can't really have my entire music collection on there, needless to say only a couple of movies.
Bringing all these technologies together is a good thing, but each piece of technology has it's limits when brought together here. For example, they now have only 4 or 8 gb of storage for videos or music or whatever and that's only as much as the top side iPod Nano. The more you bring together in one device the more you narrow the margin of utility for each feature.
iPod functionality: Just as Steve said it You can touch your music.
Sensors: A must have especially with the touch screen.
Sleek design: Just as the other Apple products are visually appealing, this one carries on that tradition.
Network Functionality: Just what we need: more crackberry addicts. What would we call the iPhone addicts? iAddicts?
All in all I'm totally pumped and curious about this new gadget. I hope to own one later on down the line, but I'll wait until the time is right in the product life cycle for that.
Get ready everyone. It's going to be a heck of a ride.