Tuesday, March 17, 2009

iPhone 3.0 event today

Event ended a moment ago. Bottom line: a yawn. RIMM, PALM and others can sleep safely tonight.

Here are two of the highlights:
1. In one of the demos, the guy on stage was unable to spell correctly while typing on an iPhone. And he was an American, presumably educated, and an experienced iPhone user.
2. They highlighted a new app where the theme is "virtual play date for dogs" in which you can buy virtual sweaters (!) for dogs (!!) for some $0.99 each. Then watch these cartoon dogs "play" with each other. It is becoming easier every day to understand why over 60 million Americans voted for Obama. In related news: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison are rolling over in their graves.

General George Patton would have sent these people to the front.

One more thing: The iPhone will soon be getting copy/paste. Welcome to a feature the Blackberry has had since inception 10 years ago, 1999.

All these things available this Summer (when the 3rd generation iPhone is launched) as a software upgrade to the previous iPhones and iPod Touches. Presumably, this will be right about the time of the launch of the Palm Pre, as well as many new Blackberries, perhaps operating on OS 5.0. Then add a long list of Google/Android devices by September/October.