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i just found this i think apple is scared
Apple will release its iPhone SDK next week, as well introducing new business-focused features similar to RIM's BlackBerry. SAN FRANCISCO - Apple will give details next week of how outside programmers can create software for its iPhone, a move aimed at spurring demand for the multifunction device.Apple also said it will unveil new iPhone features aimed at businesses, potentially stepping up competition with Research In Motion's popular BlackBerry devices.Apple will detail the software road map for the iPhone on March 6 at its Cupertino, California headquarters, the company said in an invitation sent to reporters.Shares in Apple were up 2 per cent at $121.50 in afternoon Nasdaq trading. The stock has fallen 30 per cent in the past three months on concerns that a slowing economy could hit sales of its Mac computers, iPods and iPhones.When Apple launched the iPhone last June, it only allowed outside software developers to make web-based programs, not ones that could be installed and run on the device itself.The policy sparked an outcry among developers, who quickly found ways to crack Apple's restrictions and offer unauthorised programs. Within months, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs backtracked and promised to open the phone up to outside software
~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~heres the rest of the article they stepped in the wrong game
"Apple has understood the importance of local applications and they are responding to that, and it will help them sell more iPhones," said Tim Bajarin, principal analyst of Creative Strategies."It should release a plethora of creative applications and it will make the iPhone much more practical as a mobile applications tool," Bajarin said.Unlocking concernAnalysts have expressed concern in recent weeks over iPhone sales and the practice of "unlocking" them to run on networks other than that of AT&T, the exclusive US carrier.Bernstein Research last month estimated that more than a quarter of iPhones were "unlocked," pressuring Apple's business model since the company does not collect a portion of carrier fees from those users.Cracking down on unlocked phones could scare some users away and cause Apple to miss its sales target for the device, whereas allowing them could erode profitability and make it tough to sign more carriers to similar revenue-sharing deals, Bernstein said. Apple's invitation did not indicate whether it would address the unlocking issue at the March event.Apple also gave no hint of what enterprise features would be unveiled, but many professional users have clamored for "push email" that sends full messages from a corporate mail network to the phone.That is how Research In Motion's Blackberry devices work, but iPhone users must manually pull the messages down from their accounts."Apple has acknowledged that there has been great interest in the enterprise community for the iPhone," Bajarin said. "There's no question it has great potential in enterprise given the right application."- REUTER
Apple...lost in space?
I believe that the most interesting aspect of the iPhone is the story that surrounds it. It's anyones guess how this will play out, especially since Apple's user base is so unique.
As nothing more than an effort to see what all the "hype" was about, I purchased an iPhone when they were released. At no time did I consider this device anything more than "another phone" in my collection of phones. Fortunately going into the purchase I was fully aware of most of it's shortcomings and adjusted my expectations accordingly. Upon using the device I found that the newness wears off very quickly and the shortcomings are too many to overlook. Luckily I dumped mine on ebay just a few weeks after I bought it, for a sum close to what I paid for it.
A few weeks before Mr. Jobs decided to cut the throats of the loyal buyers that paid $600, only to find their phones were devalued by 1/3 with the price "roll back" of $200.00. Yes, indeed a very Walmart like move.
I have a perfectly equal 50/50 positive vs. negative experience and opinion of Apple. As a long time customer who has enjoyed certain models of their laptops and iPods, I have also experienced their incredibly arrogant attitude and culture. I have had both good and bad service experiences. I have enjoyed the beautiful industrial designs of their products, as well as the seamless integration of hardware and software. I have experienced the poor choices they have made in shipping products that were far from ready for release to the customers.
Just one brief example is the experience I had with my first MacBook Pro. After years of using PowerBooks very successfully, my first MacBook Pro was a disaster. It overheated to the point of warping the case.
Now just what company who claims to produce highly superior, premium products and collects a premium price, would release a machine with such glaring faults that it was rendered useless in less than 30 days?
That aside, the 10 years I have been an Apple customer have been filled with very interesting and sometimes unacceptable experiences. I am to the point of being very cautious, skeptical, and wary of anything they say or do. I'm no longer an early adopter of Apple products. I'm not writing them off just yet, however each time I witness the failure of Apple to live up to the "hype" that is created by one Mr. Jobs, I become less and less interested in their product line.
Yes, this promises to be the best "story" I've followed in a long time.
~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~i personally think it back fires in their face I think it lasts maybe 2 or 3 generations
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