Everybody knows that the iPhone can make phone calls, play movies & music, surf the web, and a lot more. But, Will It Blend? That is the question.
The Economist takes a look Apple and innovation.
There’s something special about the Safari 3 Public Beta – there’s a Windows version. Why? Safari is the browser for the iPhone, that’s why. It’s the best way to get Safari into the hands of web developers, who might just want to become iPhone developers. If the sales equal anything close to what the hype suggests, it could become the platform for mobile web development, goodbye WAP/WML!
Some things need to be complex, like, say, the control system of a nuclear power plant. Other things don’t. Like BMW’s electronic “dipstick”. It replaces the old-fashioned “stick with level marks on it” with a sensor and indicator on the dash. Now, you don’t need to get out of the car to see that you’re low on oil. Sounds good, right? Wrong. It lacks the ability to tell you how low on oil you actually are. As a result, BMW owners have been overfilling their engines and causing expensive damage. Supposedly, the only way at present to determine the true oil level is to take it to a BMW dealer, have the oil drained and then measure the amount that comes out. Like I said, some things just don’t need to be complex to work well.
Maximum PC does a listening test between 128 kbps iTMS songs and the new 256 kbps DRM-free ones to see if people can tell a difference or not. They also threw in some Shure ear buds ($400 US) to see if they made a difference in detection ability.
Palm has released details about its Linux-based “mobile companion” called Foleo. But it’s really more of a companion for your smart phone than for you and it will cost $499. I’m not buying it (pun intended).
The Treo 755p will be the last Palm OS device as Palm moves to a Linux base.
To be honest, it doesn’t matter much to me what the OS is, it was the user interface of Palm OS that I liked – it wasn’t trying to be Windows that you could hold in your hand. I’ll be very interested in seeing how the iPhone interface actually works since that is likely to be my next phone.