To Jeff and Animal Farm,
I found that he wasn't offering up anything, merely throwing out counter arguments that were merely the opposite of the quote. He wasn't exactly adding to his points and building the conversation in way that would have been possible if he had of analyzed the big picture and went from there.
I may not post much on AI, but I am aware it's sort of common to do that, I just didn't get where he was coming from and was looking to him actually writing what he thought, instead of counter points, as a better way to understand his overall opinion. I might be missing the obvious here.
P.S. I think I'll post here more as the folks at MacRumors seem to cluster and not have as much "discussion"'
Well, actually, I will first say that the lack of correlation between my post is because my opinion has changed by reading other people's thoughts. I guess why I should make clear is my opinion on what the iPod phone should be (So I'll make a list
- Focus still on the media
(First big thing) [Music, Photos, Movies]
- iPod Simplicity Remains
[Maybe even a dual mode idea (one iPod one more complex with PDAness)]
- PDA like abilities
This entails the basics but more 3rd party software support
- Phone (of course)
Through VOIP or cell, I really don't know or care. I support whichever works best.
Why should Apple enter the market? What isn't tapped? The fact remains that the PDA market is a mess, and the Cellphone market is undefinable beyond the RAZR and that other new one (the new think motorola). The PDA market is trying to take the cellphone market and has failed. I think the iPod could evolve over the next generations into the best of all those worlds. Hell, it wouldn't be that hard if Apple got carriers; personally I can't see them running into problems since their brand is so strong and the carriers would love more subscriptions.
I see it having PDA-like functions, but not in such a clumsy way as most PDAs have morphed into. Jamming windows onto a micro-tablet (I guess Pocket PC) is a stupid idea. The OS needs to be unique. I think Apple could pull off making the best OS for these devices. It would be another extension of the great halo effect by bringing the Mac experience to the iPod.
P.S. I guess somethings I've said came out a bit wrong in terms of tone and what not, but I find this to be a respectable discussion as a whole, I just have had trouble putting together your perspective.