Up until now (and by now, I mean June 2008), the iPhone and RIM were not really competing against one another. That seems to be changing.
<br><br>According to Jobs it will more than simply "seem to change." Over-exuberant, wishful thinking on Jobs' part? Or will he actually manage to disrupt the entire mobile market now?<br><br><br>Let's be honest, RIM has taken a black eye or two because of their server outages. Having a middleman like that does increase the risk of failure.
<br><br>Yeah... I have a few Blackberry using buds who, according to them, have extra grey hairs of frustration because of "intermittent RIM failures."
<br><br><br>I really have no intention of using my personal iPhone for work related issues.
<br><br>Jobs seems to think (or hope?) this will all lead to companies exchanging their wares for iPhones.<br><br><br>f I absolutely needed such access I could and have used OWA which is a pretty lousy solution, but works in a pinch.
<br><br>Why would you opt for a lousy solution when, at the end of June or shortly thereafter, you could have the ideal solution?
<br><br><br>I'm more excited about the SDK open to developers
<br><br>Oh man, no kidding... you and me both, buddy!
<br><br><br>This will bring new possibilities and was the one major weakness to the platform.
<br><br>Yeah. Actually, I didn't think Apple would "open it up" as much as they apparently have decided to. There are a couple of things that could be a typical Apple pain in the wazzoo, such as someone creating a really nifty way to completely change the iPhone's UI and Apple not liking it. I could see Apple at that point rejecting the software... completely "banning" it. Steve does seem to have a way of wanting us to use the Mac's UI the way HE
wishes us to use it. Let's hope this doesn't happen with the iPhone. <br><br>I would like being able to [natively] use the background of my choice behind my icons on my home screen... the way other mobile phones allow. Even the ability to fade that background if desired.<br><br><br>I recall how some would not classify the iPhone as a "smart phone" because it wasn't open to developers. That doesn't seem to be an issue now.
<br><br>Yup, I was one of them. So much better than other "smart phones" in many areas... but its lack of "native" apps was killing it for me. Still, nothing like the iPhone out there, yet.<br><br><br>BTW, there could be a slight potential problem with some developers... some are already yappin' their displeasure over Apple's desire to, in typical IRS fashion,
heist a full 30% off the top of a dev's profit. Which, I must admit, sounds a bit steep to me. If I were a dev I don't think I'd like it either. I think 10-15% is more than fair. 30% is a little arrogant to expect. <br><br>Then again, maybe that figure is a trial balloon floated from Apple to see if everyone actually goes for it without complaint. Then in the event of loads of complaints Apple would readily compromise that figure. <br><br><br>I tend to find things a bit boring without a troll to beat down every now and then. Oh well, I guess we can't have everything.
<br><br>Hey, I saw a couple of posts from Akula here already. Maybe you guys can entertain us with a few rounds of hostile tech-disagreement every now and then?
Just kidding! (actually I'm not... but like you said, we can't have everything!)