That's a very astute observation. I used to be a "helper" in the Apple Discussion boards and it was a bloodbath in there when OSX was released initially. And that was at a time when only the Mac faithful were using them.
Off topic regarding MacUdate. Just could never get used to using it. Always went to VersionTracker and loved it until C/net bought it and ruined it IMHO. I use the App Store sometime. Interface is pretty familar to iOS users. Is it perfect? No but it ain't bad.
And you expected something else on a Apple-centric website? Seriously you're just here to stir the pot as it were. That's what I don't get. I own a Mac so Windows users call me a Mac fanboy. I have a PS3 so XBox users call me a Sony fanboy. I have a Dodge truck so Chevy and Ford drivers call me a Dodge fanboy . well you get the picture. Maybe I am. But there's one thing I'm not. I'm not going to Windows, XBox or Ford specific websites and expecting unbiased reporting from...
Well maybe sinking ship is a little strong but at this point I don't see much upside to developing for it. They're just so late to the party. Honestly if I were in the market for a non- iOS phone I'd look at WP7 just because it's enough different to make it compelling to me. Obviously what you've been taught about developing for many platforms is valid and smart, but many just go where the money/volume is and at this point WP7 ain't it.
And all three WebOS developers declined Microsoft's offer. Seriously though I would assume at this point if I were an exclusive WebOS developer I'd be a bit gun shy. MS to me seems like another sinking ship......regardless of whether it's warranted or not.
At first I was with you. I thought it looked like a phone booth then I realized that the cube is still the same, just without the sections and brackets. Man that's some engineering. Some dolt will probably walk right into it since it's much less visible . at least from the picture.
I wouldn't do it myself but I see the appeal somewhat. It's a festive atmosphere, everyone all psyched up waiting for their new toy, being one of the first to have it, etc. Again I wouldn't do it but I can see why a lot of people do. Now what I really don't understand is people buying them off ebay later today for WAY more than MSRP.