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Analyst: iPhone testers showing ‘concern’ over keyboard

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Monday, June 18, 2007
News Categories: iPhone

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu has released a new report covering several key issues surrounding the iPhone launch. First, Wu states that he is picking up on “some concern from beta testers and supply chain sources” regarding the device’s virtual keyboard. He notes that while the keyboard will likely require a learning curve, he is not overly concerned. He also mentions the lack of a removable battery, and suggests Apple move to a replaceable battery design. Regarding e-mail, he states that “sources indicate that iPhone works with corporate e-mail systems based on Microsoft Exchange, but will not be as robust as the push technology offered by Blackberry.” Finally, he claims that the iPhone’s high price is likely not an issue for early adopters, and has picked up on “lower cost iPhone prototypes for release at unspecified future dates,” therefore he does not believe high pricing will be a long-term issue.

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1

Blah. I know I am repeating myself ad infinitum on this issue, but will Wu EVER say something that is NOT just a recap of the last two weeks worth of rumors that were all over the place?

Posted by Bad Beaver on June 18, 2007 at 12:35 PM (PDT)

2

I wonder if it’s better to be an analyst, or a fortune teller.

I assume analysts make more money, but fortune tellers get to hear juicy details about dying relationships and the like.

Other than that it’s the same job.  Tell people what they already know, stating the obvious as if you invented it.

Posted by dasmb on June 18, 2007 at 2:42 PM (PDT)

3

iLounge, please STOP wasting your posts with Shaw Wu—I’m sure the guy just reads this site and creates a synopsis out of it.

Ridiculous and unnecessary.  I wonder how much they are paying this guy, he doesn’t even need a high school diploma for this.

Posted by dumb on June 18, 2007 at 6:58 PM (PDT)

4

iLounge People, here’s a suggestion for an article: Tell us why tech analysts like Shaw Wu are paid to do what they do, who their analysis is for, etc. I’d seriously like to see a piece on it.

Posted by Multimoog on June 18, 2007 at 8:24 PM (PDT)

5

I want a prepaid iPhone option with TV out like on the video ipods and the ability to use my Nike+ Sports Kit.  Then I will buy one.

Posted by bud on June 19, 2007 at 5:23 AM (PDT)

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