It’s like that sceen from Return of the King, where Gandalf and Pippin are out on their balcony looking down on the plains of Gondor and at the mountains of Mordor in the distance. It’s dark and forboding and Gandalf says something about it being the last breath before the big battle.
I’m speaking about the imminent release of iPhone 3G, the iPhone 2.0 software, and the new MobileMe service from Apple. And I’m exaggerating just a touch.
Apple took .Mac offline at 20:00 (except for mail) to start the cut-over to their new MobileMe. I guess things should be up 02:00. I don’t know if we’ll have the full MobileMe service or what. As usual, Apple isn’t saying much but then maybe they’re busy.
I am one of the folks that isn’t planning on getting a 3G iPhone. I like the iPhone I have just fine. I am looking forward to the new 2.0 software and the new push model for mail and the like. I am really looking forward to syncing calendar events without having to go back to my laptop and iTunes!
Is Apple’s latest phone going to change the world? Probably not, at least not suddenly. No, it will be much more subtle. More like a stream nibbling at its banks.
I’ve had handsets from Motorola, Nikia, Samsung and BlackBerry. All of them had some form of calendar, note pad, etc and I never used them because the user interface wasn’t simple enough for everyday. While I like to think of myself as “tech friendly” a cell phone isn’t something I want to spend my life tinkering with.
The iPhone isn’t perfect but it delivers on the “everything in one place” idea and it’s simple enough for every day. I don’t have to spend time thinking about how to use it.
And that is much more important!