Steve Jobs is a great storyteller. If he were a fiction writer, he would stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Tom Clancy and John Grisham. Mesmerizing in prose, master of the climax. His performance at the Macworld Keynote was no different. We hyper clicked, reloaded websites and traded SMS messages trying to find out more details about new iPhone, the real thing, not the poser that came to market a little while ago.
We decided to investigate Steve Jobs claim that Apple had over 200 patents for the technology behind the iPhone and came up with a list of the 21 we consider to be the most important. In compiling the list we were amazed at how accurately some of the patents fit with the iPhone specifications. Of course we have the benefit of hindsight but given the content of these patents we would expect somebody to have predicted the touchscreen iPhone?
With the unprecedented success of the iPod, which has turned around Apple, there is a strong feeling that iPhone will be another smashing hit, increase the Apple’s revenues to the next levels. I think this will almost certainly be true. So how can we tap on this iPhone making money phenomenon?
Here’s the names of most of the 31 movies found in the first iPhone ad. Most of the movies have a link to more information about the film. This ad must have cost of fortune in copyrights clearance. I haven’t check to see if those movies are now all available in the iTunes Store. Maybe Apple is slowly announcing something new for the iTunes Store as well! Just guessing!
As the time passes, the iPhone gets closer and closer to the release date. Meanwhile, Apple is looking for a powerful European partner that will be able to distribute the wonder-device in many countries all over the continent. Vodafone has the most chances to win the competition, but Apple refused to comment on anything related to this subject.
Mike Lazaridis, Co-CEO of Research in Motion, said he sees no threat for the Blackberry coming from the iPhone. And if you look closely to the RIM strategy and the device, you will understand why. The iPhone and the Blackberry are simply two different kind of products with two different kind of markets.
The day of the iPhone launch, David had meetings with Steve Jobs and then Phil Schiller, Apple’s director of worldwide marketing. He basically played with the iPhone the entire hour.
Here are some of the things you can’t tell without actually handling and using the iPhone.
Nokia has had a phone that supports Safari for a while. A Nokia chap was at the first Ajax Experience in San Francisco last May showing off the phone. It had the same features that Safari on the iPhone has (zooming around web pages).
There are three major problems with traditional voicemail, Apple’s solution gets around all that, providing a simple visual interface for voicemail. That’s not revolutionary; a lot of companies have tried to fix voicemail.
Conan comes up with some pretty funny and silly stuff for this iPhone commercial spoof. It’s no wonder why NBC is lining him up to replace Leno in a few years.