Apple reveals iPhone

posted at 5:28 pm on January 9, 2007 by Allahpundit

A slow news day + the prospect of easy content + a seriously high awesomeness quotient = a free ad for Apple.

I wouldn’t say I’m aroused. But I wouldn’t say I’m not, either.

June. $599.

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I’m not really a computer geek, but $600 for 8gb,seems a little pricey.

vcferlita on January 9, 2007 at 5:31 PM

Dude, just look at that thing.

Okay, I am aroused.

But only by an additional 20 microns.

Allahpundit on January 9, 2007 at 5:33 PM

I’m not really a computer geek, but $600 for 8gb,seems a little pricey.

vcferlita on January 9, 2007 at 5:31 PM

you’re more paying for the name and the “functionality”.

It is pricey, and frankly I’m rather enjoying my 70 dollar mp3 player / jump drive. They can keep that stupid thing. I mean who would pay that MUCH for a piece of electronic equipment that doesn’t rub their back for them?

>>looks at xbox 360

One Angry Christian on January 9, 2007 at 5:33 PM

your forum doesn’t like my text.

One Angry Christian on January 9, 2007 at 5:34 PM

What the hell is high technology? Can you put your weed in it, or something?

Editor on January 9, 2007 at 5:36 PM

You lost me at “$599″.

thirteen28 on January 9, 2007 at 5:44 PM

I’m going to tell my husband buying this for me will prove he loves me.

Then, an hour later, when he stops laughing…

I don’t have an ipod or a cell phone that does anything other than make calls–I don’t even remember the voicemail password–because it’s not easy to use those devices while carrying a baby/toddler. And I’ve 3 of those in the last 6 years! But I used to buy lots of cool technology (with other people’s money) and it sure would be nice to have something that other people would recognize and envy.

I get a moment or two of shallowness every once in a while…

MamaAJ on January 9, 2007 at 5:47 PM

$599?

And you… call people on it, right?

I think Steve Jobs got a little too clever with this one.

Mark V. on January 9, 2007 at 5:49 PM

It’s a phone and a blackberry and a web browser. Are you guys even following the link?

Allahpundit on January 9, 2007 at 5:50 PM

It is intriguing, but very pricey.

Rick on January 9, 2007 at 5:56 PM

It’s a phone and a blackberry and a web browser. Are you guys even following the link?

Allahpundit on January 9, 2007 at 5:50 PM

Yep.

Once the novelty wears off, buyers will realize that they just shelled out $599 for a device that gives them stuff they probably already had by other means.

I’m just not someone who needs to have internet/email access 24/7 no matter where I’m at – and I’m happy with that. But to each his own.

thirteen28 on January 9, 2007 at 5:58 PM

My AAPL stock just got a nice shot in the arm :)

BirdEye on January 9, 2007 at 6:00 PM

It’s a phone and a blackberry and a web browser. Are you guys even following the link?

Allahpundit on January 9, 2007 at 5:50 PM

I agree. Trust me, I’m a sucker for this crap – that’s why I’m glad I don’t have Cingular as my wireless provider (and will still have over a year left on my contract with the current provider).

Rick on January 9, 2007 at 6:02 PM

plus you left out the iPod part, AP. Still, give me my phone, my Nano & my PSP over this, anyday. Phone was free, while both Nano & PSP were $249. Seems I got out for $100 cheaper with better items.

Editor on January 9, 2007 at 6:02 PM

Pretty pricy, but Cingular will practically give it away for the usual 3 year agreement with the substantial early cancellation penalty. You gotta admit, it is cool though.

My neighbor bought his 8 year old kid a Razor phone for Christmas. Now my 11 year old daughter is raising hell because I think she is too young.

What’s the right age for a kid to have one? I told her she could have one when she can pay for it.

BacaDog on January 9, 2007 at 6:04 PM

by the way, I think i figured out what they mean by high technology: It’s design is based on Baby Einstein technology.

Editor on January 9, 2007 at 6:04 PM

C’mon guys, Steve Jobs needs some more money to commit fraud with!

Spassvogel on January 9, 2007 at 6:18 PM

Way cool. And as for the price – I paid that three years ago for a Samsung phone with a built in Palm that it now obsolete!

Ann on January 9, 2007 at 6:19 PM

Why would anyone want to watch porn surf the net on a phone?

Guardian on January 9, 2007 at 6:21 PM

Here This little interactive demo will show you the true awesomeness. There is definitely nothing else like this on the market.

JaHerer22 on January 9, 2007 at 6:21 PM

Wow!!!!!!

A phone…that can play MP3s?!?!?!?!?

I just wonder what Apple will invent next…a phone that has a built in digital camera? A phone that lets you send messages?

They really are leading the way….

uptight on January 9, 2007 at 6:21 PM

oops – it DOES send messages and take pictures!!!

the future is here

now all the phone manufacturers will have to catch up

uptight on January 9, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Phone, mp3 player, TV clips, web browser plus EV-DO tetherable to your laptop, microSD memory slot up to 1gb for music, vids & pics for $79 after rebate. Click on Jet.
If you’d prefer a camera and don’t care about tethering broadband to your laptop then click on Hollywood for as little as $49 after rebate you get what many say is one of the best phones Motorola has made.
These run on Verizon’s network – better coverage than Apple’s Cingular.
And you get to remain in no way associated with that Mac creep on TV who wants us all to believe we don’t go Mac because we’re bumbling boobs.

I get a moment or two of shallowness every once in a while…

MamaAJ

Yup. And iPods are pretty but nearly all it’s competitors sound better. Not that Pod-people care about such things.

Stephen M on January 9, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Pricy but complete . . . A phone, a 2 megapixel camera, iTunes player, iPhoto storage, a complete computer that’s internet capable and totally intuitive. Actually, its pretty slick if your into those things.

rplat on January 9, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Whoa.

The Perfect Storm of money-wasting:

- I have Cingular,
- I need a new phone,
- I don’t have an iPod, and want one.

Jaibones on January 9, 2007 at 6:36 PM

Phone, mp3 player, TV clips, web browser plus EV-DO tetherable to your laptop, microSD memory slot up to 1gb for music, vids & pics for $79 after rebate. Click on Jet.
If you’d prefer a camera and don’t care about tethering broadband to your laptop then click on Hollywood for as little as $49 after rebate you get what many say is one of the best phones Motorola has made.
These run on Verizon’s network – better coverage than Apple’s Cingular.
And you get to remain in no way associated with that Mac creep on TV who wants us all to believe we don’t go Mac because we’re bumbling boobs.

I get a moment or two of shallowness every once in a while…

MamaAJ
Yup. And iPods are pretty but nearly all it’s competitors sound better. Not that Pod-people care about such things.

Stephen M on January 9, 2007 at 6:28 PM

But Apple’s products are so much more hip and condescending than anyone else’s!

NTWR on January 9, 2007 at 6:37 PM

If there’s anything I try to avoid it’s lots of phone. I listen to music at home & in my car & it’s mostly a bunch of dead white guys. TV, home. Online, home. I don’t text. I don’t IM. And I’m not 25.

Bada bing bada boom. End of interest.

Sure looks like a cool item, but I’d have minimal use for it.

Coronagold on January 9, 2007 at 6:39 PM

Allah. Hotair is not accepting my posts anymore.

nukemhill on January 9, 2007 at 6:39 PM

They don’t get it, Allah. They just don’t get it.

Yes, it’s expensive. Expect the price to drop, probably significantly, in the next couple of years. Remember, the RAZR was selling like hotcakes when it first came out, for a ton of money. Nobody was getting discounts originally. That didn’t stop them.

It’s the merging of several different technologies, with a new interface, that makes this so unique. Now, it may actually be a complete bomb. We won’t know for quite a while. But I’m thinking not.

It uses a lite version of OS X, which kicks the cr*p out of anything that Microsoft or any other OS manufacturer can put out. It’s got several very sweet aspects to the interface that may be paradigm shifting in their totality. For example, you can browse your voice mail in a non-linear fashion, rather than having to listen in order. The ability to dial people, and connect/disconnect conference calls, is amazingly simple. The proximity sensor that automatically cuts off the music when you are bringing the phone to your ear is awesome. Just for a few examples.

Like I said, this may be a total bomb. But I’m thinking that Apple broke the mold again with the iPhone. Motorola, et al, are going to be playing catchup for years….

nukemhill on January 9, 2007 at 6:40 PM

Oh. Doesn’t like cr*p, eh?

Silly.

nukemhill on January 9, 2007 at 6:40 PM

It also detects wireless networks so you can surf at the coffee shop using their network. Pretty cool but it’ll be better when someone is able to keep music and files on a Google server (just an example) and your phone connects to that location instead of keeping everything local on your pda, phone, or ipod. Sucks if you spend all that money only to have it lost or stolen. Might as well be able to buy a new gadget and then connect it the network and then sync all your contact, phone numbers, emails, and music on the go. Just a thought.

Jiggity on January 9, 2007 at 6:47 PM

It’s sort of goofy looking. Looks like a kid’s toy.

Also, as other previous posters have noted … I’m not sure it has anything new. Maybe if it came with a taser.

Gregor on January 9, 2007 at 6:50 PM

very sexy. another killer device. in a year, nobody will be buying a new phone or mp3 player which isn’t this or a clone. and the clones better have multi-toutch screens or no one’s going to want those either.

jummy on January 9, 2007 at 6:59 PM

the sony mylo it treading similar waters. the phone client is skype. (how come skype hasn’t taken off like nuts?) but i don’t think you can get it with 80g and the os and interface are nothing new. and its sony, so you got that thing where you either like their flash media format or eat poop.

jummy on January 9, 2007 at 7:03 PM

If there’s anything I try to avoid it’s lots of phone. I listen to music at home & in my car & it’s mostly a bunch of dead white guys. TV, home. Online, home. I don’t text. I don’t IM. And I’m not 25.

Bada bing bada boom. End of interest.

Sure looks like a cool item, but I’d have minimal use for it.

Coronagold on January 9, 2007 at 6:39 PM

i’m sort of there with you, except it’s exciting to see new tech obviate the desktop. soon we’ll be walking around with an interface with our profiles on it. period. you just won’t have a tower anywhere.

jummy on January 9, 2007 at 7:08 PM

Yeah, that’s arouse-worthy.

Very cool device.

Man, the Zune wasn’t around very long before Apple found a way to blow it out of the water.

Slublog on January 9, 2007 at 7:09 PM

AP

I wouldn’t say I’m aroused. But I wouldn’t say I’m not, either.

Ace, we’re going to need you to get on that…

Anyway, I already don’t like this…. Cingular? WTF?!

RightWinged on January 9, 2007 at 7:11 PM

$600 for a little “pocket top” computer that I can call people on?
I am awsome-ized !

bbz123 on January 9, 2007 at 7:26 PM

Okay, Allah.

Which is hotter?

The new iPhone…or Melissa Theuriau?

Slublog on January 9, 2007 at 7:32 PM

Add Tom Tom – style GPS and I’m a buyer!

RushBaby on January 9, 2007 at 7:39 PM

the Big Problem I see with this is Cingular

Cingular Sucks, GSM phones are cool but in the US Verizon rules with whats important, coverage. Verizon’s mobile internet is pretty dang inpressive too.

jp on January 9, 2007 at 8:03 PM

It is awesome. It’ll be even more awesome in a couple of years when they introduce the 20GB flash 3mpix model at the same price.

Patience…

CliffHanger on January 9, 2007 at 8:05 PM

if you want to be turned off by this phone….go to the Demo from link above and click on the “break through internet” demo thing. The first thing they go to while surfing net in Safari is the New York Times and the “Democrats Take Congress” headline then zoom in on a closeup of Nancy Pelosi.

jp on January 9, 2007 at 8:12 PM

Pretty cool.

Did’nt like their choice of examples on the browser demonstration though, news articles of Dem takeover.

Still pretty cool though. I’m old enough to remember when the Commodore 64 was state of the art. 64,000 bytes of memory! Will wonders never cease.

Scot on January 9, 2007 at 8:15 PM

Don’t you worry, RushBaby. Steve won’t let you down.
My cheapass old Kyocera Rave phone has some kind of GPS feature in it, but I went into the config and put it in the mode that doesn’t use it unless I hit 911 first. So I have no doubt that it’s on the list of things to add. Besides, Apple is working on geographical features for OS X Leopard, which seems to imply that GPS will be involved.

After they sell a few kajillions of these, they’ll come out with a new model that adds the GPS functionality, instantly rendering the old ones obsolete.
Then a 4~6 months later, they’ll add some other feature that most people didn’t realize they needed. Lather, rinse repeat.

The Monster on January 9, 2007 at 8:18 PM

Still pretty cool though. I’m old enough to remember when the Commodore 64 was state of the art. 64,000 bytes of memory! Will wonders never cease.

Ah, memories.

I remember the Trash-80, as well. Green letters, black screen.

Slublog on January 9, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Sweet, I want one. We are getting that much closer to Tricorders. Beam me up, Scotty.

marianpaul on January 9, 2007 at 8:27 PM

$100 phone, $200 iPod, $100 camera, $200 palm pilot…

Hmm… the math works out in a fusion sort of way.

I love Macs (we have 4 of ‘em at the house and a couple of skanky p.c.’s) but it’ll be a while B4 I get one of these babies.

Mojave Mark on January 9, 2007 at 8:32 PM

But Apple’s products are so much more hip and condescending than anyone else’s!

NTWR on January 9, 2007 at 6:37 PM

Ooooooooh…

Anyone think it’s odd that Apple TV is “capable of playing 720p” HD content but the device does not have an HDTV tuner and iTunes does not offer any HD content?

Pay $299 for that? No thanks.

ScottMcC on January 9, 2007 at 8:40 PM

After they sell a few kajillions of these, they’ll come out with a new model that adds the GPS functionality, instantly rendering the old ones obsolete.
The Monster on January 9, 2007 at 8:18 PM

Many of you people didnt read before commenting. It has all that stuff you are talking about already.

Resolute on January 9, 2007 at 9:01 PM

All you Apple haters belong to us.

JackStraw on January 9, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Now my digital lifestyle will be uninterupted when i leave the home.

For only 600 dollars this phone will do everything my treo does, but without the keyboard! To think I’ve been weighing myself down with a the little keyboard when i can be using apple’s new intuitive interface(fingers).

Gosh, Steve, you’re one bright guy.

Vincenzo on January 9, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Al Gore left the first message on it so it must be worth it…

flyboy777 on January 9, 2007 at 9:19 PM

Introducing…the IProduct!

RMSpuhler on January 9, 2007 at 9:24 PM

Yeah, Teh Steve’s politics are a tad left-of-center. He also had “American Idiot” album art up when demoing the iTunes functionality.

I grit my teeth, only because he at least tries to be subtle about it. I think he understands his position as a corporate leader and doesn’t try to take advantage of it by bludgeoning people over the head with his politics.

Besides, there was more than a little bit of irony over the fact that a) Greenpeace tried to paint Apple as some nasty polluter, and b) the EPA came to Apple’s defense.

There’s gotta be something karmic about that, on some level.

nukemhill on January 9, 2007 at 9:48 PM

Resolute, I read the article, and didn’t see anything about GPS. Do you have a pointer to that?

The Monster on January 9, 2007 at 9:49 PM

With the new congress coming in and who knows who is going to be prez, we won’t have money to buy any of this stuff, we be giving money to buy this stuff to the government for health care for the lazy, maybe build a new dock in Arizona for future ocean front property ;), and the Democratic Party’s big party where only rich people can attend and hope for more poor people.

StuLongIsland on January 9, 2007 at 10:49 PM

Greenpeace, on the one hand, aren’t complete idiots because they have-finally-admitted to targeting Apple because other manufacturers can’t help but copy the company.

On the other, 24IQ-handed side of things, Greenpeace has utterly failed to realize how much they hurt themselves, their causes, and their sympathizers with all the cheap stunts and crap propaganda. They rated Apple “less green” than several other manufacturers because Apple had fewer press releases and made fewer promises. Meanwhile, actually investigating Apple’s practices reveals the company to be in the forefront.

JoeEgo on January 9, 2007 at 11:04 PM

if you want to be turned off by this phone….go to the Demo from link above and click on the “break through internet” demo thing. The first thing they go to while surfing net in Safari is the New York Times and the “Democrats Take Congress” headline then zoom in on a closeup of Nancy Pelosi.

jp on January 9, 2007 at 8:12 PM

Yeah, I noticed – they sure focused on that, didn’t they? That ugly picture of San Fran Nan smiling like she had just won the lottery.

Rick on January 9, 2007 at 11:35 PM

At the least there hasn’t been any mention of GPS on the device, though it does hook directly into Google Maps. That should be good for getting directions and work well enough for people who can read street signs ;)

That there is worth something to me. If I remember to get directions before I leave then I’ve got to deal with printing them out to take with me. Why am I dealing with paper again?

RE: jummy, it’s 4GB and 8GB of flash storage, not 80 or 40.

About $200 for a nano, about $100-$200 (or more) for a smart phone with similar features. Figure $400 total if you’re going for a better phone.

You’re still missing the massive screen (160pixels/inch!), the usability, and probably the wifi connectivity. Additionally, only the higher end smart phones are likely to play as nicely with your desktop computer. The final icing on the cake is the iPhone being a good video playback device; those Verizon commercials that show video on a flip phone are just silly.

Cingular, online, shows several Blackberries and a couple Treos at $99-$149. All are outclassed. There are several $200-250 phones.

The best matchup is the Cingular 8525 for $399 after mail-in rebate. Twice as thick with a slide-out QWERTY. It only gets to 2GB storage after adding an SD card for $50, and perhaps can take a bigger card for more $$$.

The 4GB iPhone is $499. There are indications user apps will not be loadable, though nobody has really gotten their hands on one yet (the floor models @ the Expo are in glass globes). The interface demo movies are just plain amazing.

Maybe it isn’t worth another $100 over the 8525 for some people. Maybe both are too expensive and you can do with a dumb, educated, or semi-smart phone for less money. But watching this thing in action is like seeing flying cars roll off a GM assembly line. It is just plain cool.

Nobody has gone whole hog with a phone design like this because the devices have worked well enough and throwing in faster connectivity, better cameras, and bluetooth has worked well enough. I don’t care that the iPhone is “only” EDGE. I’ll buy one because the future is here, with shiny touchscreens on tiny devices that just work the way you want them too without having to dig through a user manual.

And that is why Apple will sell several tons of these phones.

JoeEgo on January 9, 2007 at 11:50 PM

I’m surprised by the negative reactions, this is possibly the coolest invention ever to grace the planet. Now I can see play Hot Air video clips and read the blog anywhere, anytime. Live in your hole if you must. I for one will be logging on here with one the first day in June I can get it.

lan astaslem on January 10, 2007 at 1:40 AM

Once again the Mac fanatics will claim this to be a trend setter, but from what I see the only thing it offers is good Industrial Design… that I’ll give it.

The one flaw with this device however is the fact that putting a big touch screen up to your ear makes it pretty dirty ( skin and hair oil) very quickly. But that’s what a earpiece is for. I would have thought that that would have been part of the design – integral earpiece with microphone.

Anyway let macheads have their fun… yes Jobs is genius – not! He just know how to make his sheep squeal like little school girls and then takes their money. The system works, so let it be.

You should all know that in the presentation Al Gore’s name was on the appointment demo page…. gag!

Bob on January 10, 2007 at 6:09 AM

I’ve read several times in this thread that Verizon coverage is better than Cingular’s. We currently have Cingular (with a contract up in 2 months) and I was under the assumption that with the AT&T coverage Cincular would be better. We do have drops though (living in Eastern PA and travelling daily into NJ along I-78 and I-80). Is Verizon really that much better?

I’ve been looking into the once-mentioned 8525 from Cingular, as it would do everything for me (phone + pda, as my Axim has died), but even that price is $399. Now they want how much for an Apple product? I don’t have a single Apple product. Maybe I should just get a cheap camera phone and then a cheap pda instead of the 8525.

Any tech-heads care to impart knowledge on me, I’d happily take it.

Darksean on January 10, 2007 at 8:00 AM

You can stab me, kick me, even shoot me–just don’t bore me.

This thing bores me.

The new iPhone…or Melissa Theuriau?

Slublog on January 9, 2007 at 7:32 PM

Melissa of course. No contest there.

TwinkietheKid on January 10, 2007 at 8:32 AM

I look at this and immediately think: great another generation of my kids’ and my husbands’ toys will be going to Goodwill. Enough already. (Yes I am a proud techy Luddite).

honora on January 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM

You should all know that in the presentation Al Gore’s name was on the appointment demo page…. gag!

Bob on January 10, 2007 at 6:09 AM

And Steve played an Al Gore voicemail during the presentation. Al “couldn’t be there” because he was in Nashville training people on his slideshow/presentation….

That and the NYT site matter how much here? It’s not like Steve isn’t name checking Disney every 20mins either. If Apple & friends insisted on cramming this stuff down our throats then I’d care.

But if you bother to look at the way Apple does business, you’ll find they’re a prime example of a capitalist company. They make their products, do their business, and live & die by the market. Just because they do it with a different style or emphasis on marketing & presentation doesn’t mean they’re not just as profit driven as anybody else.

JoeEgo on January 10, 2007 at 12:03 PM

I’d have a more positive response except for one thing:

Cingular.

Tying this gadget to one network was stupid.

jeffshultz on January 10, 2007 at 12:12 PM

I have a Mac. And four pc’s. I use my Mac exclusively. I also have an iPod. But I also have a CL Zen Touch. The sound quality on my Zen is far better than that of my iPod–because Apple’s mp3 decoder is crap. But my iPod plays videos, the zen does not. But again, iPods are notorious for crapping out after 18 months.

I have no interest in an iPhone. I have zero interest in a blackberry or a palm or whatever. I even hate my stupid “flip phone.” My wife and I want a simply phone that doesn’t flip, but that is out of the question–Verizon doesn’t even carry them!

Yes, all the “Macatrons” will rush out to buy one. But look what has happened with the Sony PS3–no one wants one because no one wants to pay $600 for “blue-ray” technology.

robblefarian on January 10, 2007 at 12:18 PM

the thing is….

My Palm Treo 650 already does all that. And has for years.

I have a 2GB SD chip I put movies and stuff on that I can watch if I’m bored.

I have a keyboard for the type-ity type-ity

and I can call people on it.

Yes Mr. Jobs, Welcome to 2005.

Jones Zemkophill on January 10, 2007 at 2:03 PM

For those that want to watch it, here is the iPhone portion of the Keynote address. (it’s a .mov, so you will need quicktime or quicktime alternative to watch it.)

Frankly, those of you poo-poohing the iPhone are missing the point. The iPhone is what PDA’s and so-called “Convergence” devices have been promising for YEARS. It’s a powerful, intelligent device that actually does what it says it will do, and does it well, with an easy to use UI.

Never discount anything Apple does, because they almost always do it better than anyone else.

wearyman on January 10, 2007 at 2:10 PM

I also have to add that many of Apples products are just pure crap. The mighty mouse that came with my mac. Crap. Over-priced products is the mantra of Apple. Although their OS is reasonably priced and you don’t have to kiss Bill Gates’ feet to activate it. You can walk into any cafe/resaurant with wifi and instantly pick out the “Macatrons” before you even spy what they are typing on. Metrosexual men with short hair and black-framed glasses wearing trendy shoes. Often sporting the “cool” stubble. Mostly hangers-on of their by-gone college days. There is also that aura of superiority that emanates from their self-rightousness! Of course not ALL Mac people are like this. Just walk into any Apple store in this country. The first thing you will say to yourself, is “damn, this is really 2001 Space-Odyssey-ish…and totally gay!” The next thing you will say is “geez…HOW much is that?” Then you will accosted by an employee–a Macatron wearing a black shirt and tight pants, who believes he is serving “the cause” just because he is being paid minimum wage by Mr. Steve Jobs! HA!

Now, I must return to…my iMac! Hehehe…

robblefarian on January 10, 2007 at 2:16 PM

Never discount anything Apple does, because they almost always do it better than anyone else.

HA! Nope. The iPod is known for it’s ability to break. Their mice have always been trash. Their built-in screens don’t make it past two years without fading. I’ve been using Apples at school for nearly ten years. I’ve seen firsthand the problems that are inherent in their over-priced products.

There are any number of mp3 players out there that sound MUCH better than an iPod. And now Apple is touting their shuffle as the “smallest mp3 player in the world.” Whatever. There have been thumb-drive players out for YEARS that are just as small and sound better too.

The one thing that Apple does best? Brainwash and market! HA!

robblefarian on January 10, 2007 at 2:23 PM

Ouch robblefarian,

Sounds like someone has some issues they need to work out. ;)

Look. I don’t own any apple stuff. No iPod, no Mac. I don’t even have iTunes for Windows because I don’t like their DRM. However, I am honest enough to know when I see a good product. OSX is absolutely a breeze to work with, having had both Windows and Linux boxes in my house, and then working on my Father’s new Powerbook, the overall experience was much nicer on the Powerbook. Apple has the UI thing down COLD. They absolutely blow away both Windows and Linux in the ease-of-use department.

Yes, they have had a few QC problems, but the iPod is not “known for” it’s ability to break any more than any other player is. In fact, the Mini is much MORE durable than your average MP3 player due to it’s aluminum enclosure. If Apple really made inferior products, no amount of marketing in all the world would be able to make the iPod the market leader.

That’s Capitalism at work, my friend. The consumers decided that a simple-looking, easy to use product with a clean UI was what they wanted. If they didn’t want that, then all the crufty, button-encrusted, chrome-coated, oddly-shaped other players that were and are available out there would be doing much better than they are. The point is that those “iPod Killers” aren’t. It’s disingenuous to sit there and call all iPod users “Macatrons” just because they chose the market leader.

My 60 year old Father, who lives in a small town in PA bought an iPod. He wanted an MP3 player so he could listen to MP3′s of the business seminars he attended and to classical and acoustic music.

He said he checked out a bunch of different MP3 players, but liked the iPod because it was easier to use, and more intuitive. It also had better storage capacity and was smaller, all this at a COMPARABLE price to competing units. He made an educated choice based on the available information, and he chose iPod. He loves it too.

When he needed a new laptop, after spending years working with Windows machines, he chose a Powerbook. Again, he chose it after spending WEEKS reviewing his options. He loves it and has no regrets leaving the Windows world.

Is my 60 year old, business-suit-wearing, business-seminar-attending, balding, father a “Macatron” now? No, and your stereotype is just that, a stereotype. Like most stereotypes it’s founded on BS and bluster, rather than real facts.

Apple has made, and continues to make, some fantastic products. Are they all great? No. Some of the early iMacs were underpowered and poorly made. Does that mean All, or even Most of their products are that way? No. Apple actually has a reputation for making VERY GOOD products. No amount of marketing can make up for poorly made product. Word-of mouth advertising is still the most powerful in the world, and if word gets out your stuff is crap, well then you’re done. (See Firestone tires for a recent example of this) If Apple made crap, they would be done as a Computer and Electronics maker. They might survive as a niche OS maker, but not as a hardware maker if a large percentage of their product was crap.

Ultimately, it comes down to a matter of taste and personal preference. If you don’t want a convergence device like an iPhone, then don’t buy one. It doesn’t make the iPhone a bad device, it just makes it not what you personally need in a phone.

That’s Capitalism at work. Customers making educated decisions on what they want to buy based on the choices and information available. Ain’t it great?

wearyman on January 10, 2007 at 3:39 PM

Wearyman, I’m just bored and yankin’ your chain! HA! Except for the Matactron stuff, that is–that’s true. Hehehe…

Yes, I agree–OSX is simply awesome. I just have a problem with Apple’s pricing and often-times poor quality. I also run Ubuntu and XP AND the beta version of Vista (have too many computers at home). I’m done with Windows. I’ll never buy another PC (or build one)–but I have to admit that my Zen has much better sound quality than my iPod.

I am going to the Leopard Developer’s Conference in Atlanta in a few weeks. I’ll take pix of the Macatrons for you! HA!

robblefarian on January 10, 2007 at 4:05 PM

I also have to add that many of Apples products are just pure crap. The mighty mouse that came with my mac. Crap. Over-priced products is the mantra of Apple. Although their OS is reasonably priced and you don’t have to kiss Bill Gates’ feet to activate it. You can walk into any cafe/resaurant with wifi and instantly pick out the “Macatrons” before you even spy what they are typing on. Metrosexual men with short hair and black-framed glasses wearing trendy shoes. Often sporting the “cool” stubble. Mostly hangers-on of their by-gone college days. There is also that aura of superiority that emanates from their self-rightousness! Of course not ALL Mac people are like this. Just walk into any Apple store in this country. The first thing you will say to yourself, is “damn, this is really 2001 Space-Odyssey-ish…and totally gay!” The next thing you will say is “geez…HOW much is that?” Then you will accosted by an employee–a Macatron wearing a black shirt and tight pants, who believes he is serving “the cause” just because he is being paid minimum wage by Mr. Steve Jobs! HA!

Nope. No repressed hostility there! Keeerist. You need to get out more….

nukemhill on January 10, 2007 at 4:43 PM

For 600 bucks,…. I think I will wait. My next major tech purchase will be an HDTV as our all-powerful government is about to outlaw anything else. I have to save a few bucks for one though.
Also 600 bucks will purchase a lot of Bud.

gary on January 10, 2007 at 6:52 PM

There are a few details which make it seem less then the hype that I thought at first because it was misportrayed in some media accounts
1)It doesn’t seem to have actual GPS just integrated google maps
2)It is for some reason limited to Cingular and not at the highest speed tech?
3)It doesn’t actually run OSX10. Some reports said it did that would have been amazing like carrying a mini laptop but apparently it isnt the case. Media people who got that wrong should be slapped

Resolute on January 10, 2007 at 10:04 PM