Originally Posted by 8CoreWhore
I let my .mac subscription expire. I'll let others be the Guinea pigs for mobileme.
Its not just about hosting a website, having portable storage, no way, not even close, in fact, most users of iPhone are PC not mac users. The #1 complaint is the way that iTunes works (one way street) and getting info to and from phone to PC. Plus of course, corporate needed PUSH, no doubt about it.
For anyone looking at Apple and @me as a matrix, a web server, a photo gallery is missing the boat and the larger picture big time.
Let's side track for a moment.
Mini= no games (on board GPU)
Macbook = no games, onboard GPU again, translation, cripple to keep PRO users buying top end machines.
Mac AIr= Worst selling, said back in the day, it would probably go the way of the cube, great machine for $700, but that's about it.
But you know what? Apple doesn't care, the market is in the iPhone and iTunes store, in fact, the GPU is said to be better than the Macbook as it has open_GL, plus, there are works for touch keyboards that change depending on what program you are using to new keyboards for the iPhones.
So why all this fuss? Well unless the come back to the Pro user, which they sort of dumped ad made "kissy kiss" by giving them say Logic and Jam Packs for $499, they are focusing on mom, dad and puppy dog tails.
Take a look at the mobile me. Does it not look like a PC application to some extent? It does, it does indeed and with the proliferation of S.D.K., expect huge PC applications and the iPhone to sell like madness and perhaps go down in price in time as we finally dump land lines.
Still, you're missing the bigger picture. 3G and some 4.5G are almost CABLE speeds, and soon to be satellite speeds and its over. The iPhone is a computer in your pocket, period, end of story and has all the requirements and security that the Exchange requires. WIth programs like "SLING BOX" that allow you to watch your DVR and even control it in real time mean TV on demand, on the road, sort of makes net streaming moot (although that is up for debate once FIBER 200MB per second hit the homes, a topic for another day), but for now, it will give you everything you need and then some. In fact, some speculate we could see atom (INTEL) CPU's in the iPhone, then you have amazing power. As it is now, you can hook it up to a TV and then SLING BOX your TV to someone's house that has no HBO for example, and that is just one feature.
Apple's plan is to dominate the mobile market, then media market, and expect (and you can quote me), don't act shocked when someone that has no interest in a phone can purchase a "TOUCH" and then pay $30 for internet access, perhaps of their choice, take it home, hook up a keyboard, and record vocals, write a song, book, journal, create web sites, add a monitor and much more.
@me (and imobileme I presume), and thinking it's a matrix, add on, will someday be tied to ISP service (@me=free) ad then, all your devices are kept up to date, alarms, GPS, where you are, where your friends are, galleries, TV anywhere, song writing, oh yeah, and making calls, and then video, faxing, and remote control device.
Apple is trying to take over a much larger market than just a phone and with it will come faster computers, lower priced, an things like production (need a good song to replace for you movie or scan a medical record to send to E.R. or perhaps the position of all your soldiers on the ground), the possibilities are endless.
It's going be huge very huge. It's just a matter of time.