People have been buzzing about the iPhone since it was released by Apple last summer. Actually it was released precisely one year ago yesterday (Monday). Many people purchased the iPhone and seem to be happy but the sales figures don’t support the hyperbole. According to Apples’ own sales report, iPhone sales went down 20% in the last quarter. Interesting enough, RIM (Blackberry) sales have jumped a like percentage. Have people gotten over the gadget-shock?
With the release of iPhone G3, the device moves to a new level of sophistication. Gone are the slow network speeds and no GPS support. Now those particular changes are included. Apple also opened it’s doors to a host of new developers who have been working diligently to create a variety of application suited specifically for the iPhone. Think Palm applications for the Palm devices. Man, the next few months should be pretty interesting as Apple moves more and more mainstream.
When I recently got a windfall opportunity to purchase a computer for school, I tried to buy a MacBook Pro but both models I purchase has small problems. I returned them both. I then went PC laptop, Dell specifically. However, as time has worn on, as I get deeper into the field of development and design, it is pretty clear Mac is the weapon of choice. What am I saying?
Apple’s marketing strategy continues to amaze me. After taking over the MP3 device market, and with a steady foothold in the web development community (something which isn’t shrinking), the next step is mobile phone domination. Will Apple have enough power, marketing poise, and support to pull it off? I’m not sure, but it looks interesting.
By the way, this entry was typed on my Mac desktop.