- 06-23-2007, 11:33 PM #52
- 06-24-2007, 12:01 AM #53
Just look at the first phone, the N95,--surely this is not a business related phone. But why is it there? Because it has some of the features the iPhone does. So, you put it on the list. Same with the Treo. It has some of the same features (play music, surf net, etc.). So it goes on the list too. It may not be a direct competitor as the market is slightly different, but it is enough you need to address because of the overlap. A consumer is going to consider both, at least in passing. But to say Apple is now targeting the enterprise market and therefore because they are missing feature x the phone is a flop and will never hold up against a Treo is extremely far reaching. Frankly, right now for Apple, there is far more money to be made in the consumer market selling the iPhone to consumers than to be selling the iPhone as a business device.
- 06-24-2007, 12:23 AM #54
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- 06-24-2007, 03:43 AM #57
^^That said I think there is at least one indication that Apple perhaps has at least an eye on some sort of business use: the inclusion of Word and pdf viewers.
As it stands though it's pretty hard to make the case that Apple really intends this as a serious player in the enterprise smartphone market. If they did wouldn't they have licensed corporate email (EAS etc), included Office compatibility beyond just Word viewing, added security features like remote device wiping, etc, etc? Perhaps they intend to go after this market down the road, but it seems very obvious that that's not the focus with this first gen device.
- 06-24-2007, 03:54 AM #58
Actual he continued to compare his phone to other smartphones, calling it:
What we want to do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been, and super-easy to use. This is what iPhone is. OK?
- 06-24-2007, 04:00 AM #59
Anyway, let's not bury the lead. There aren't many reports of using the keyboard foe any length of time and this one finds that it really isn't very good. Sure it's just one person, an anonymous one at that, but it's the first report since Mossberg's. These are his less-than-thrilled first impressions:
“They are claiming that through clever software they have figured out a way for this to be actually far more accurate and efficient than you think it will be, and I’m testing that proposition,” he said. “And I can tell you that in the first hour it works a little better than I thought, but I’m still not sure it works as well as a regular keyboard — and the first hour is not a very fair test, so I’m going to keep going at it.”
The Newton was widely ridiculed for its predictive text capabilities (which were hopeless in the first models). I wonder if the iPhone will suffer a similar fate?
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We know, but do those prosumers wlling to spend $600 on a phone know this? If they watched the keynote they may not. He said its smarter than a blackberry, with a better keyboard, gets exchange e-mail and is easier to use. Why would it not work with enterprise?
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- 06-24-2007, 06:59 AM #73But while Apple is not marketing the iPhone specifically to businesses, there is little doubt companies will have to accommodate the thousands of employees and executives who will insist on buying the device.
"As if that will stop people from buying them anyway when they hit the market in the US next week," writes Seth Weintraub, editor of Computerworld, in response to the Gartner report.
"The reality is that no matter how hard IT administrators try, the iPhone will be snapped up by their employees - and not just the average Joes either. The device is a status symbol that will likely be bought by business leaders as the digital technorati. Try telling your CEO the iPhone doesn't play well with your IT systems."
Mr Weintraub believes the iPhone will prove popular in business, in part because the Apple handset is expected to be easy to use, making some tasks faster and "companies love productivity from their workers".
And also, he says, because "everyone knows that this is the phone to have".
"As much as the enterprise IT guys will want to recite better specs for rival Windows Mobile devices, nobody wants to hear that. I can imagine any number of CEOs saying: 'I don't care! Just make the iPhone work on our systems!' And if it works for the CEO, you can bet the sales folk will want in on the action, too."
You cant fight the hype.
- 06-24-2007, 09:19 AM #74
IT depts will do whatwver their business wants, and if hooking up $600 PMP's to their network is what the execs want, so be it. I just thing when they have to sign off on the costs and risks, many will pause.
The iPhone is an entertainment device/toy. It is not a "productivity" enhancer.
- 06-24-2007, 10:14 AM #75