Originally Posted by Seahawk Fan
Apple needs to rewrite their entire mobile OS to compete with the current Market.
You are missing the point entirely, Seahawk Fan. Steve Jobs quoted Wayne Gretzky something like zillion of times: "Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is."
If you look at the iPhone as a platform, it is the best positioned mobile OS on the planet. Microsoft is already re-writhing their OS. Palm will need to, because their "mobile optimized" OS is targeted where the puck is. The hardware capabilities will grow considerably during the next, say, 5 years, but Palm's brand-new OS has no room to grow. From now on, it will get patches at best.
In contrast, iPhone OS and it's development environment are already mature (especially compared to the offerings for the other platforms), their AppStore distribution model spawned a number of "me too" copycats, and the peripherals infrastructure is huge compared to the rest of the pack. Their 3rd party device support with iPhone OS 3.0 will move the iPhone even further ahead from the competition. The iPhone is way ahead in gaming as well. Many reviewers are going as far as comparing the iPhone with the dedicated game devices (e.g. PSP), but what about other PHONES
As far as performance is concerned, the iPhone's performance is acceptable for tens of millions of people as it is. We could reasonably expect 1.5x - 2x performance increase with the next version. With the proper software to take advantage of this (e.g. basic video editing) it will jump ahead of the competition even more.
Ah, and stop those multi-tasking whinnying please! I am afraid it may not be enough to keep Palm afloat. As I wrote many times before, iPhone OS CAN
multitasking right now. I can usually count some 30-40 processes running in the background on my phone without explicitly launching a single application. This means that Apple can introduce background apps at any time, absolutely no need to rewrite the OS. They various options, e.g. background apps for selected partners, or whatever they find appropriate.