Can anyone duplicate the enthusiasm Apple has built here? Like me, I am sure you’ve read all about yesterday’s Apple event. Perusing the forums this morning and it feels a bit like Christmas, doesn’t it?
Apple over delivered on a promise they under sold. Originally an SDK was a no go. Then, Steve gave it some thought and built something amazing and amazingly simple at the same time: a way to get applications through them to the public all while maintaining control. How excited are the developers? I think the SKD download server crashes says it all.
I think Fake Steve Jobs sums it up best,
Seriously, folks, it’s game over. This announcement today is as big as the announcement of the original Macintosh in 1984. At airports all around the world they put flights on hold so that people could stay in the terminal and watch the news as it was announced.
Has Apple found the magic combination by leveraging a hugely popular and familar brand (iPod) with their larger business aspirations? Over at Salon.com, Farhad is crowning the iPhone for finally living up to all they hype. How many execs started smiling at the Exchange support announcement? This road warrior sure as heck did.
So who can catch them? Palm? Uh, Palm, hello? Palm/Handspring gave it a good try. They had the Palm Pilot/Visor that was popular, they had a great design and they had a loyal (to a fault) dev base. But nothing fed those flames and they’ve slowly died out. Rim? The RIM UI still makes me giggle, it is so 1998. Windows Mobile? I still can’t find access to some settings on my phone and it has been a year in the looking. Symbian? To Euro to care about America.
Now the question becomes, how will Apple continue to feed the flame? At the one year mark we see iPhone 2.0 software. Logic would seem to say, hold off on 3G iPhone until September/October to ramp up for the holiday season both on new phones and on discounted left overs. $5 says the 3G iPhone has the same dimensions so that 6 months later, they’ll intro iPhone Slim, perhaps the width of the touch. Then what? Clearly Steve’s got a road map and it looks to be a good ride.
Can anyone throw a roadblock?