Through the week I've been thinking about the iPhone.
I was in the Windows Mobile team when we launched the first Windows Mobile Smartphone many years ago...
When I look at the iPhone I'm really intrigued - what they are doing is interesting from a design perspective but the capabilities in the device are nothing new... in fact Windows Mobile has been able to perform most of the functions for many years.
The interface might be a great demo but all the feedback I've seen is that users want more tactile feedback on their devices not touchscreens. You can now see the work we've been doing with ZenZui, Deepfish and also the Carousel view on the Samsung devices!
I've been reading a number of blogs today about some the challenges Apple is having with battery life... John C Dvorak is claiming someone in Cingular told him it currently stands at 40 minutes.... (and the battery isn't replaceable)
Now Apple has delayed the launched of "Leopard" as it's had to pull developers from that project onto iPhone to ensure that iPhone ships on time in June.
Before all the Apple fanboys jump on me.... I'm not gloating over the above points... I think Apple are discovering (just as we did) that bringing a complex mobile phone to market is incredibly hard. We've learnt a hell of a lot over the past 6-7 years of developing Windows Mobile connected devices.
The announcement above does show that Apple is very serious about the iPhone as they have prioritised that over Leopard!