Oh for God’s sake, get this on the iPhone for me!
The mainstream journalistic coverage of Smith’s death is among the first such stories driven, in large part, by an editorial perception of public interest derived mainly from Internet traffic. Throughout the afternoon Thursday, editors across the country watched the number of “hits” recorded for online items about Smith’s death. These days, it’s the rare newspaper whose meeting to discuss the content of the next day’s edition doesn’t include a recitation of the most popular stories on the paper’s website. It’s a safe bet that those numbers helped shove Anna Nicole Smith onto a lot of front pages.
What makes this of more than passing interest is that serious American journalism is in the process of transforming itself into a new, hybrid news medium that combines traditional print and broadcast with a more purposefully articulated online presence. One of the latter’s most seductive attributes is its ability to gauge readers’ appetites for a particular story on a minute-to-minute basis. What you get is something like the familiar television ratings — though constantly updated, if you choose to treat them that way.
So now it’s a week later, and I’ve come full circle to where I was when I first heard the announcement: I think it’s not a phone. It’s an entertainment-focused mobile computer.
But if you look at the iPhone first as a mobile computer for entertainment, with phone features added in where convenient, things look very different. The lack of a keypad then becomes a reasonable compromise to get a large screen (great for video and browsing) in a tiny device. The price is still high, but Apple has continuously offered iPod products in the $400-$500 range. The iPhone is close to the price of a high-end iPod, and has a host of additional features. iPod sales have been running at about eight million units a quarter, so ten million iPhones in 18 months is not a ridiculous number. If Apple can get a reasonable percentage of loyal iPod owners to step up to the iPhone, it won’t have to attract all that many new users to make its 10 million number.
Give me a choice of any Bluetooth keyboard pairing with it (as easily as it does with other Macs) and let a word processing/text editing app get on it and I’m on my way to happy.
I’ll have more to say on what I think the iPhone absolutely needs to have later.
As late as mid-2006, Apple had planned to release iLife ’07 and iWork ’07 in January at Macworld Expo, as the company has done in previous years. But discontent over the quality of some of the new additions to the software, including Apple’s first standalone spreadsheet application, saw the release pushed back. At the same time, according to sources, Apple made the decision to wrap Leopard-specific features into the new iLife and iWork suites, originally planned for future releases of the software, possibly to further encourage sales of all three products.
–emphasis added by me.
I’d rather have it *done right* and “late” than “on time” and half-baked.
As Mike Cane has said repeatedly, it’s more important to get it right than to get it out early
This is my advice for all tech companies: Shut The Fuck Up about concrete release dates! In fact, don’t show a goddammed thing until you are Insanely Certain that it can appear within a specific timeframe. Apple wasn’t lambasted for not showing anything other than Apple TV and the iPhone at the January Macworld Expo.
Contrast this to Nokia which fucking lost its mind and not only said the 770 would appear within a certain timeframe, but also showed — and released! — a product that should have stayed the fuck in their labs for at least another year. What was the rush, Nokia? What did you get other than the contempt of smart people and the sycophancy of eejits? Most importantly from a practical business aspect: What was the rush to beat which competitors?
Microsoft was also raked over the coals mercilessly for perceived slippage of Vista’s release date. And now that there were no midnight lines to buy it — as there were for the Wii and PlayStation3 — has Microsoft learned anything?
Shut up and do it right before setting any release date!
I get such a headache from the shitheads who quote that pile of rubber, Yoda for Christ’s sake!, and his eejit, “Do or do not… there is no try.”
I also get a headache from all the eejits who think, “If I just find the Right Organizing System, I could get this pile of shit called my life into some order!” (Said people then spend the remainder of their pile of shit lives organizing instead of doing.)
Do it fucking NOW!
There is no later.
See also: How Everything Happens