Image Source: Apple Insider – Artwork by audiopollution. There is an amazing session of name-calling going on over in the forums at MacRumors in response to a piece entitled “iPod Touch: ‘Mainstream Wi-Fi Mobile Platform”. It makes for some frightfully entertaining reading! http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/22/ipod-touch-mainstream-wi-fi-mobile-platform/ The vast majority of the comments miss the most salient point, overlooking what […]
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There is an amazing session of name-calling going on over in the forums at MacRumors in response to a piece entitled “iPod Touch: ‘Mainstream Wi-Fi Mobile Platform”. It makes for some frightfully entertaining reading! 
http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/22/ipod-touch-mainstream-wi-fi-mobile-platform/

The vast majority of the comments miss the most salient point, overlooking what we have known for a while– that the iPhone and the iPod Touch are NEXT GENERATION devices that radically change the playing field of mobile technology.

The iPhone and the iPod Touch have done much of what UMPCs tried to do two years ago – put real web-based computing in a small, easy to carry, affordable device with amazing battery life.The original promise of the UMPC was that it would “Go Everywhere-Do Everything”. The reality was a bit different. It turned out that the first and second generation devices were costly, far from pocketable and had horrible battery life. I should know, as I had three different ones in rapid (and brief) succession. The UMPC platform is maturing and will get a second chance when the first Intel-Based Mobile Internet Devices (MID) are released mid year. 

With the iPhone and the iPod Touch, however, Apple has already staked its claim and things are taking off. And all this even before the SDK is released and sanctioned 3rd party apps start flooding the market and make these devices even more functional. This is especially remarkable in the case of the iPod Touch which, when released just a few months ago, was initially advertised as a touch screen Wi-Fi enabled iPod. A short while later it has already grown into a far richer and more usable device. 

So now the question is this– was this a pleasant surprise to Apple or was this part of the grand plan all along? Are the iPhone/iPod Touch and the new MacBook Air only transitional devices toward Apple “Next Big Thing”? Is the stage now set for a truly “Mainstream Wi-Fi Mobile” device?

Mike Cane makes a pretty compelling argumentHERE
And I for one, hope he’s right! 

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