In your astounding brilliance, you’ve managed to make the coolest thing ever. Again. The iPhone has an 8 gig hard drive, a 2 megapixel camera, and OS X. It can play video, it can connect to WiFi networks and view normal websites.
In my bag, I usually carry my laptop, a black and white Palm device, a lovely iPod, my cell phone, and my 4 megapixel Olympus 4040Z. I love all of them, and have no deep desire to part with any of them (though upgrades are always welcome).
This new iPhone can do much of what each of those devices can do, and it looks damn good while doing it. It even has push email, the main weapon in Blackberry’s dominance of the smart-phone market.
Of course, it won’t be available until June, it costs a good chunk, and I’m not on Cingular.
The other thing I’ll note is how easy Apple’s life has been because it chose to build OS X on a Unix/Mach base. They made a tremendously smooth transition to Intel chips, and now they have the OS running on a cell phone. It’ll be interesting to find out what they had to do to port it to that third platform, and whether programs like Skype will work on it. The idea of being able to carry a videochat-capable device around in your pocket is pretty cool.
It’s like we live in the future, at last.