Buy my Books!

The Sketchnote Workbook is a fully-illustrated book and video, showing how to use sketchnotes in new ways, along with advanced tips and techniques.
Learn about and buy the book →
Download a FREE chapter →
Watch a FREE video sample →

The Sketchnote Handbook is a fully-illustrated book and video, designed to teach regular people how to create sketchnotes.
Learn about and buy the book →
Download a FREE chapter →

Mike Rohde (Color - Square)

ROHDESIGN is the website of designer Mike Rohde, who writes on design, sketching, drawing, sketchnotes, technology, travel, cycling, books & coffee.
Read more about Mike →

SIGN UP! Get the Rohdesign Newsletter.

« Departing for Belize | Main | My Podcast Interview on The Micro ISV Show »

iPhone Thoughts & Observations

iphone.jpgThe iPhone has landed.

Looks like a winner so far, even with its limitations and flaws. Let's be real, it's a v1.0 product so there will be limitations and flaws.

Overall, I think the iPhone is well balanced for a smartphone aimed at the mass market — I and that's important because I believe Apple isn't targeting only geeks with this device.

Personally I'm not getting an iPhone just yet, mostly because it's impractical for my lifestyle. I'm not mobile enough to make effective use of the thing, no matter how cool it is. :-)

I saw a CNet story about the iPhone's effect on Palm already:

Palm reports profit drop, expects iPhone effect

In that story (which doesn't bode well for Palm or the Treo) I had to chuckle at this quote from Palm Chief Executive Ed Colligan:

"They will have 30 days to return (iPhone) so we hope we'll benefit from that, if that happens" — Ed Colligan, Palm CEO

Riiiiiight! We'll benefit IF they return their iPhones?

That's all you've got Ed?

In the words of Jayne Cobb of Firefly, "I'm smelling a lot of IF coming off this plan!"

I think Palm is in trouble. Not that the Treo isn't good for what it is — but they were caught flat-footed. What do they have in response? Another Treo, this time in other pretty colors?

Or maybe a crippled pseudo-laptop thingamabob?

Yeah, I think Palm better get cracking quick on something revolutionary that customers will actually buy in this new iPhone influenced market, and not another re-hash of an the same-old solution from 1999.

The iPhone is not perfect, but it is re-shaping the entire wireless phone world, even if it's pushing competitors to respond to it.

iPhone Web Apps
I have a gut feeling that web-based iPhone apps are going to be huge. On par with the Palm app eco-system. Sure, the iPhone doesn't have a native API and may never have, but I think the next progression of Web 2.0 applications are bwoser apps for mobile devices (e.g. Safari).

Already we're seeing apps for the iPhone appear, like OneTrip and Quip and more are going to come. There's even iPhoney, an OS X-based app to test your iPhone apps.

Web developers and designers — this is your opportunity!

Related Links
Daring Fireball: Jon Gruber's Fist Impressions of the iPhone
iPhone User Guide (via Daring Fireball)
iPhone Dissasembled (via Daring Fireball)
The Talk Show Podcast: Dan Bejamin & Jon Gruber Talk iPhone (34 min)
Fake Steve Jobs Blog: Crack you up humor from a pseudo Steve. (Rated R language)
The Morning After - Scobelizer
Tech Ronin: First Person Report on my new iPhone
Derek Punsalan: A look at the iPhone, after all the ritz and glamor
37signals: Ta-Da List for iPhone
Geek With Laptop: Palm Pushes OS-II to 2008 (via Phil)

Reader Comments (5)

Hi Mike! Another great insight as usual.

For Palm being able to create something revolutionary, since when did Palm created such a thing? The Palm Pilot corrected the flaw (size and price) of the Newton. The Treo being just an evolution of the original Palm Pilot. If the iPhone would fail, then Palm would somehow take that opportunity again to correct what's needed to be corrected (but in this case its the Treo that became first to market). Let's see how it goes.
July 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWinston Chiu
Winston, thanks for the comment!

I really like Palm, so I hope they rebound with something awesome. I just have this sense that there's nothing revolutionary in the pipeline.

I suppose the Treo is a great business device, and that Palm's market isn't the same (completely) as iPhone, which I think is much broader. Phones like the Treo and Blackberry are niche machines � focused on communcations (particularly email).

I will be interesting to see how Palm reacts (how all of the phone manufacturers react) and what they see as an answer to the iPhone.

But Apple won't stand still. If you look at the first iPod, it was pretty rudimentary compared to current standards. But Apple focused on a small market, and some key features and then continued to update the device.

Should be interesting! ;-)
July 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
I'm interested to see how the web apps take off and what payment processor wins the mobile wars. Personally I think that Paypal will end up being the payment processor of choice for many, but we'll see how it plays out.
July 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdaniel Schutzsmith
I think PayPal has a good base, so it has a lead. Should be an interesting time in this new space.
July 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
I did read a rumor in a Philadelphia paper I think it was that there may be a 2nd and 3rd iPhone model as early as late this year and Spring or something next. I was concerned this would slow current prospective buyers -- thinking they should wait. But I also, (1) would be excited to see improvement and differentiation that fast and (2) I wanted to say you might be right to wait a bit. I am guessing, myself, that a 16 gig version could be available by January as flash is dropping in cost. More storage would be nice and that will drive the 8 gb model down in value thus making it a cheaper option.
July 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Tokerud

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.