Steve Jobs gave an interview about an Apple PDA..<br><br>He said basically the PDA was going to make way for the cell phone, and since the carriers controlled the cell phone market, there wasn't any real way for Apple to make any money. <br><br>
Here's my crazy whacko prediction:<br><br>I don't think we're going to see the "next level" of PDA/Cell Phone technology until we see the PDA go the way of a miniaturized "digital hub." I mean, you're screwed if you buy a Treo and you move to a new area with crappy coverage for the carrier... the components of the PDA need to be swappable. I want to choose the phone technology/carrier for my PDA, I want to be able to add GPS or other types of communication items at a whim. I don't want to be locked into a PDA/Phone marriage when I'm ready to either update my PDA or my Phone service. My thought is that it's going to come down to a group of manufacturers coming up with a small electronics interface that would make the various components of GPS/Phone/PDA swappable with each other regardless of the brand. If that happened, you'd see an explosion of options available to consumers—more options means you capture more of the fence sitters. palmOne has does have the Universal and USB connections that make expansion easy (PocketPC has its own set of interfaces), but until you see a standardized interface/API for these handheld devices, we're going to have these hard and fast separate markets for now.<br><br>
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