Yesterday Apple introduced another device that is sure to become a blockbuster hit for them. By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the iPhone, a device that looks like it has come from the future. To call it a cell phone doesn’t do it enough justice. It’s an iPod, a smartphone, and an Internet communications device all wrapped up with that Apple magic that makes all of their products so amazing.
From it’s high quality touch screen, groundbreaking gesture system for navigation, and it’s use of accelerometers to automatically detect if it’s in landscape or portrait mode, the iPhone just screams innovation. It syncs with iTunes to upload your music and videos, runs a full version of OS X, and includes not only a cell radio, but a WiFi chip as well. After taking a look at what it can do, you’ll agree that in one fell swoop, Apple has managed to turn the cell phone industry on it’s ear in the same way that the iPod shook up the music industry five years ago.
Make no mistake, the device will be expensive when it’s released in June. $500 for the 4 GB verision and $600 for the 8 GB version. On top of that, it will only be available through Cingualr Wireless, who will be re-branded as AT&T by the time the iPhone drops. But this device does so many things, and does them so well, that there will be people lining up to buy the thing. I can foresee shortages and waiting lists, even at those prices.
What does this have to do with all the other Adventure stories I typically run? Absolutely nothing! But I just had to share my technolust for this gadget. I love gear, and this is going to end up being mandatory gear, at least for our urban adventures. Mark my words.