Odd news day
Tue, 24 Apr 2007
Wild Mac stories
There's been some contentious announcements doing the rounds of late. While I'm the editor and have final say on all of Macworld's stories, I'm not some Mac-czar that vetoes anything he doesn't like, so I'll have my say here:
iPhone aimed at business users: Not quite sure what to make of this - because I've seen the iPhone up close, and Macworld's deputy editor Karen Haslam has held it. And we both know for a fact that it's clearly not aimed at business users. Not least of which because it doesn't handle Office documents, or hook up to corporate email, or do anything that business users want from a phone.
We also guess that convincing your head of finance to splash out on movie and music playing mobile phones may be an uphill struggle. But you're free to try - we know we will.
Posted by: Mark Hattersley
I don't think that the iPhone is aimed at business users. It's aimed at people. Some people are business users, so some business users will use iPhones.
The article linked to mentions all the usual negative aspects of the iPhone that Microsoft want people to believe.
I'm quite sanguine about that sort of negativity. It will mean that some users won't be clamouring to get their hands on iPhonesat first, so demand will be more controlled. Once people actually see them for themselves, they'll realise that the 'Talking Points' from Microsoft were wide of the mark as usual. They'll end up buying one, but will be followers instead of early adopters.
Admittedly there are far more other and vertical apps for WM5, but I reckon that Apple is going to produce a rabbit out of the hat on 11 June, and probably include basic reader software for Word & Excel files, and maybe even a cut-down version of Keynote.
As a Nokia 9500/N73 user, I feel that iPhone will certainly meet most of my needs, but most importantly, allow me to sync painlessly with my Mac desktop & laptop.
sip: Those rabbit ears are already poking out...
The iPhone runs Mac OS X: already TextEdit can open up Word docs, Keynote can open PowerPoint, Preview understands PDF. I can't believe some of those resources diverted from Leopard aren't going into iLife '07 - with a spreadsheet reader...
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