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January 10, 2007

Apple Solves the iPod Dilemma

The iPod is an amazing machine. It works like humans would expect it to work, and it does so for a long time. And they sell like hotcakes.

The only issue left remaining for me was the annoyance of carrying around two portable handheld devices - an iPod, and a mobile phone.

At some point though Nokia and Sony Ericsson were destined to absorb the iPod's features, and potentially offer a phone that would become sole occupant of the wearer's pocket.

Or Apple could have released a mobile phone of their own.

And they just did.

Image source: http://www.apple.com/iphone/technology/specs.html

At first glance, the iPhone looks to be an impressive machine in the tradition of the iPod.

The site claims "This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.", but throwing caution to the wind they have announced it anyway.

Running a handheld version of MacOS X, I am hoping that the feel of the phone is not as sluggish as the Nokias of late, and the lack of support for 3G networks is a potential oversight.

But if this device is anything like the iPod, Apple will do well.