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January 09, 2007


David Cushman

Thanks for posting Tomi - how have you contained yourself? Can't wait to see what you have to say about what this means for your favourite device; the I-pod :D
Another victory for convergent devices.


Fascinating to see how the partnership with Cingular plays out, and whether that can really deliver the integrated end-to-end experiences (e.g. visual voicemail) that have been so needed in this space.
Full specs here:

Tomi T Ahonen

Hi David and Stephen

David - yes the convergistas seem to take the day with the iPhone. Its such an obvious strategy for Apple, they really - REALLY - should have done it a year ago. My guess is they decided about 18 months ago, and were frustated along the way with some false starts, not understanding how complex and difficult the equation is to fit the features, processing power, form factor, battery life etc into a reasonable cost and remain competitive... And ha-ha, I couldn't contain myself :-) I wrote two more blogs on the topic ha-ha..

Stephen - Yes, lets see the integration. With Apple there is honestly a fresh outlook to it, and with Apple also there is an unheard-of level of commitment to making the user experience right. If you ever thought a Nokia phone was doing the thinking for you, being "intuitive" - we will now surely see a whole next generation in user-friendliness of the device. Totally similar to the revolution in the computers with the Lisa and Macintosh, and the Newton PDA, and the iPod...

In that way, Cingular is the big winner here (and similarly, I really think Apple is the loser. They could have been stronger in America if they had not limited initial offer to Cingular. But that is the power of the operators. Wait until Apple fights with the sibling rivalries in all the countries in Europe and Asia. There will be many ulcers yet ha-ha)

PS on visual voicemail, yeah, stop-gap obsolescent service that will only work in America, among the old fogies who are digital immigrants. The digital natives (under 25s) will be all abandoning their voicemails - if they bother to use them - like their European and Asian sisters and brothers - in favour of SMS text messaging. Like the Finnish Prime Minister says in his voicemail greeting, don't leave me voice mail, send me a text message instead... But yes, many similar innovations are waiting to be discovered and deployed, around communities, video, collaboration and music of course

Thanks for writing

Tomi :-)


Hi Tomi,

couple of points.

Jobs said that they started on the iPhone 2.5 years ago. So they must have gone already through several fail-and-learn cycles before launch.

Apple plans to go to Asia only 2008, so time to add 3G. GSM-EDGE is just fine for US and Europe.

Indeed the iPhone has only a touchscreen UI, and I also see it as most critical for success how well it really works. Not only secretely sending SMS, but also one-hand operation (Jobs always used both hands), and what about sticky, wet, gloved, sweaty fingers?
Not possible to judge this from a demo.

You might like the UI of the SMS application: it looks like iChat, i.e. showing conversations rather than the Inbox/sent model.

Ajit Jaokar

great posts Tomi.

As I said, in my blog
The iPhone is extraordinary not because of it’s UI but because it’s the tail wagging the dog .. But the real question is: How many dogs can it wag?

So .. What I am saying is
The iPhone is cool, sexy etc because it works closely with the one Operator where its launched(namely Cingular in the US). In that deployment, Apple seems to be the dominant partner rather than Cingular if you consider features like Visual voicemail (which is unlike the norm i.e. Usually, the Carrier is the more dominant partner in such relationships). The caveat is, as more Operators deploy the iPhone, either it becomes too complex or it becomes least common denominator. Thus, the jury is out still IMHO.

kind rgds Ajit

Tomi T Ahonen

Hi Alex and Ajit

Thanks for comments, yes I agree with both of you. And great post Ajit on Tail Wagging the Dog, but how many dogs can it wag. I'd blog about it, except that we have so many blogs about the iPhone already - and I will have to do my iPod review blog as promised when Apple release iPod final sales for the Christmas quarter next week - that I don't want to do yet another iPhone posting for now. But it is an excellent posting, I urge all to go read Ajit's posting at

Thanks Alex and Ajit for writing

Tomi :-)


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