You really can’t blame Cisco Systems for its lawsuit against
Apple Computers — they own the patent to the term “iPhone” fair and
square, through a series of mergers going back over a decade.
Why then Apple decided to name their new device iPhone is
anybody’s guess — would “iPod Phone” really be that bad? Why not
iCell, PodPhone, MacPhone,
or any one of dozens of names that simply and legally combine the idea of Apple
iPod meets cell phone? It really is a surprisingly stupid start for such an
incredibly amazing product.
What effect this whole legal schmazel will have on Apple’s
newest venture is unknown, but it’s safe to say Apple is going to sell a lot of
phones regardless of what they’re called, and will steal market share from the
likes of Nokia, Ericsson, Sony, LG, Research In Motion, Palm and other
I probably won’t be buying in. I’ve wanted to buy an iPod for a
long time now, but I seem to always keep waiting for the next-next version to
come out before taking the plunge. I’m glad that Apple is progressive and
constantly updating their products, but I’d hate to buy one thing only to wish
I waited three months and bought something slightly better.
It seems that no sooner is one version of iPod released than
we’re already hearing enticing rumours about the next model coming down the
pipe. First it was expanded storage, then it was the colour screen and ability
to watch television and movies, then it was the promise of flash-memory based
versions that were easier on batteries and could take a beating. Did I want
massive capacity or long battery life? Did I want movies and television shows,
or was I content to stick with music?
The iPhone rumours are about two years old now, as well as the
rumours that Apple was working on a new type of touch screen that would enable
the creation of a full-screen iPod. The fact those rumours came true, and in
the same product, beat everyone’s expectations.
But while it seems like I’ve been waiting for something like
the iPhone for a while, I’ll probably continue to wait just a little bit
For one, I want to see exactly what this thing can do before
taking the plunge. Will the screen scratch? How will the battery hold up? How
much of the four to eight gigs of flash memory is occupied by software? How do
users rate their cell/wireless plans? Can I record audio onto it with the right
accessory, like other iPods? Is the camera any good? And, most importantly, is
Apple going to come out with something better in the next year?