Ed Colligan Laughs At Apple Phone
November 20, 2006
Mercury News reports:
Colligan laughed off the idea that any company -- including the wildly popular Apple Computer -- could easily win customers in the finicky smart-phone sector.
''We've learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,'' he said. ''PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in.''
This guy is an *****.
If Apple releases a phone it may not have all the capabilities of a Palm Treo but it will certainly have a number of new features that are NOT in a Palm Treo. It will be these features, that are not found in a Treo, that will set this phone apart from all others and redefine what a smart-phone really is.
Apple thinks revolutionary, unlike Palm which thinks evolutionary. Perhaps this is why Ed cannot grasp that Apple will be a serious competitor.
- 11-20-2006, 11:45 AM #2
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- 11-20-2006, 11:59 AM #4
''PC guys are not going to just figure this out.''
What Palm seem to have 'figured out' is that it's a good idea to get one someone else to do the OS and another someone else to do the hardware. Doesn't really seem like the most solid ground from which to start launching criticisms.
Do you think he knows that the Microsoft that makes the OS on his phones is the same one that does the PC stuff? "Who is this on the stage next to me - looks just like Gates the PC guy"
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Fact is the iPod is nothing special and never has been, it was the iTunes store and the strict $0.99/song price that made the iPod take off. And I was watching video on my 600 long before Jobs admitted he was wrong about video.
Let me act as the readers imagination here.
An e-mail system: an e-mail system that is better than the Treo's or even a Blackberry by giving you access to your "desktop" account (or any other account that you may have) while keeping you in perfect sync with it.
Carry this idea through with iCal events. Once Leopard comes along in the next couple of months, we will see the introduction of iCal servers. This will let you edit your iCal events where ever you are and keep them in sync across many computers. So say Apple releases a phone; it could have the ability to automatically have access to this data in a live manner. No syncing required. It is always just there and is always current — maybe you have it accessing your Mac at home to get this information, or maybe your Mac at work (a desktop machine or a work server) or maybe even just simply having a .Mac account in which Apple's servers would provide this always available syncing capability.
Contacts? Instantly available everywhere as well. Say you get a slew of new contact numbers at a business meeting... at Joe's Pub... :-)
they are instantly available on the desktop.
No docking of the phone at the office needed. It is just available. You may even get to choose in which manner they are instantly available. Maybe via wi-fi, maybe via Apple's .Mac services... maybe via... something else, like maybe a new T-Mobile partnership (purely far-fetched speculation but certainly possible as far as I know; keep in mind all of this is just projecting based on what Apple is capable of and based on their usual business tactics).
These ideas will of course carry through with iTunes. And it seems obvious as well that iTunes songs will take on new functionality in various ways. Like providing users with new ringtones and allowing them to use these very same songs that are on the phone as "Please Hold" music. This will all be done with ease utilizing Apple's incredible UI. An Apple phone could probably even have access to the iTunes Store.
I do not think it would be very far-fetched to expect an Apple phone to be able to interface with an iPod either. The phone would of course be able to communicate with a Mac and it would probably be able to communicate with the .Mac services so it would also stand to reason that it could communicate with other Apple products such as the iPod.
This would be done to give users more capabilities and flexibility but also to secure a Halo type effect in which you would be more inclined to purchase additional Apple products.
Maybe you are on the road or at work and you want different music on you phone. Just plug it in to an iPod and get what you want (this would certainly be possible now that Apple has no restrictions on uploading music from the iPod, as long as its registered).
Apple has been using these companies as a test bed and learning everything they can to incorporate into their phone - should they release such a device.
It would also seam feasible that Apple could incorporate a motion detection system into the phone to possible use as an interface element. They have been using this kind of technology in other products like Mac Books and iPods and the Nike/iPod device to do things like sensing sudden acceleration and then instantly parking the HD to protect it. Maybe they could use these same sensors to detect other types of motions (maybe multiple opposing motions for example), like sensing if the phone is squeezed in order to quickly turn off that embarrassing ring in the middle of a theatrical production without fumbling for your pockets in the dark and trying to find a switch.
Well, these are just some of my ideas. I have many more but not the time.
- 11-20-2006, 01:57 PM #13
Can Mr. Colligan scoff dismissively at Apple (or anyone else)?
This depends on the answer to a simple question: "Can Apple (or anyone else) design and ship a phone that people like better than anything produced by Palm?"
Until Palm has the worldwide, perpetual monopoly on brains, creativity, and capital, I think they're at risk. Moreso because Palm seems to navigate largely by reference to a large rear-view mirror.
- 11-20-2006, 02:37 PM #14
And as I recall, that was just a marketing slogan doing everything possible to stop others from laughing and to project that they were not laughing (whether seriously naive or rather smug is perhaps another issue altogether).
It went like this: Welcome, IBM. Seriously.
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Not going to play this, especially since I was called upon in this very thread on 5 different occassions to list possible features that an iPhone might have.
This is the most screwed-up forum I have ever frequented.
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- 11-20-2006, 05:06 PM #23
There are better music download services than iTunes, but iTunes is a dominant force.
There are better portable music players than iPods, but iPods are a dominant force.
Whether or not Apple proves more or less innovative than the current crop of CellPhone players, I have a high expectation that their entrance would be disruptive to the status quo.
Oh, and as far as Apple vs. IBM getting the last laugh, most would lump IBM in with all the other PC manufacturers Apple has battled. So I don't think citing IBM's exit of the laptop business as their final defeat is relavent to the debate/bragging-rights. That said, I own a Mac Mini Duo - by my measure, the best PC I could get in it's category (very small, virtually silent, diminutive PC) - upon which I run Windows XP :-)
- 11-20-2006, 05:35 PM #24
Apple's hallmark has always been elegant and simple-to-use user interface. Seamless integration of hardware and software functions with a focus on customer experience.
So what kind of "smart" phone can we expect from apple? Something that is inherently smart so that the user doesnt have to be. This would not be aimed at the corporate power user for email and calendars but rather the average user who would like her phone to double as an entertainment device. Something with a limited set of functions - focused on, say phone, music and camera/video. It would sync effortlessly (maybe OTA?) with iTunes/iPhone software where you could integrate your music, videos, photos, contact lists and so on. And it would definitely have an elegant form factor (read "thin") and UI (keypad, screen).
Disclaimer: I don't own either an iPod or Treo currently
- 11-20-2006, 06:09 PM #25