All those Blackberry-killer wannabes can now step aside and watch Apple’s new iPhone take firm hold of the crown. All I’ve read so far are some effusive news reports and blog posts but if the iPhone lives up to expectations, we’re talking about a device that could easily match the iPod’s success. From all accounts the iPhone sounds ultra-cool with a 3.5″ screen, a two megapixel camera, an MP3 player, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, rich e-mail, a Web browser and a touch screen interface. Of course, you’ll have to cough up $599 for the pleasure of owning an 8GB iPhone or $499 for a 4GB model (As part of a two-year contract with Cingular) but I doubt price will deter many people.
As someone with a MacBook, iPod, Palm and Blackberry, I’d jump at the chance to use an all-in-one-device that combines Apple’s features strength industrial design. Goodbye Motorola Q, goodbye Treo, goodbye HP iPaq; it’s been nice knowing you. Now, how long do you think it will take Research in Motion to beef us the Pearl with a real Web browser and a better MP3 player.
For all the details from Steve Jobs’ keynote at Macworld, check out the Unofficial Apple Weblog, as well as Engadget. One more thought, if you were a high-tech reporter, where would you rather be: CES or Macworld?
Update: Investors are clearly enthused about Apple given the stock jumped $7.26 to $92.72 today. Any guesses on how long it takes Apple to hit $100? How about tomorrow?…:)