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Apple job posting points to iPhone Exchange support

A new Apple job posting for an “iPhone Windows Outlook/Exchange QA Engineer” points to possible future support for the Microsoft email protocol on the handset. Many users have pointed to the iPhone’s lack of Outlook/Exchange support as a roadblock to wide-spread corporate adoption of the device. The job description says “The iPhone Quality team is looking for a motivated, highly-technical Exchange test/sync engineer with excellent problem solving and communication skills. You will join a dynamic team responsible for qualifying the latest iPhone products. Your focus will be testing Exchange and Outlook functionality with Apple’s innovative new phone. The successful candidate will complete both documented and adhoc testing to ensure high quality releases.”

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About time. Also, the iPhone is not innovative. It is a three year old phone with a nice UI passed off as groundbreaking. Nokia, SE and the others had this technology years ago and surpassed the iPhone. It should be called: “iPod with phone”, as the most basic phone features are lacking.

Posted by Don Trammell on December 13, 2007 at 12:46 PM (CST)


Ahhh Don, but the UI is the rub.  That’s the whole point.  Apple understands this, and it sets them apart from their compet-itors.  Many geeks write it off the UI as not important or at least secondary to functionality/features, but for many average consumers the UI is of primary importance.  Joe Blow doesn’t care that the cell phone technology the iPhone contains is 3-years old, only that it is simple and fun to use and the UI is beautiful and sexy. 

I’ve used the much more powerful and functional Windows Mobile platform for 8 years, but was so happy to leave it behind for the UI of the iPhone, iWarts and all.

Posted by dodo on December 13, 2007 at 1:02 PM (CST)


Cheers dodo. I agree the UI is the deal-maker. No doubt. However, as Nokia (they are pretty good as well) step up to the plate, Apple will have to listen to the demands of it consumers. The “3G uses to much power” is just a marketing ploy. EDGE uses as much, if not more than 3G. 3G cells have to be closer together and at lower heights, while EDGE network phones are constantly going in and out of EDGE.

I disagree with you about the average person not caring about technology. In the US maybe as most mobile users are quite behind the curve in mobile knowledge and well, are simply not as sophisticated as the Europeans. I see this daily while living in the most mobile savvy country in the world, Finland. Many here have already said that they will not buy an iPhone with only EDGE or even 3G. HSDPA is the flavor of the day and Apple is coming up way short.

Posted by Don Trammell on December 13, 2007 at 1:23 PM (CST)


Totally agree about the differences between European and U.S. markets.  I was thinking of Joe Blow American.

3G doesn’t mean as much here yet as 3G on AT&T has yet to reach most Americans.

Posted by dodo on December 13, 2007 at 1:46 PM (CST)


Most people don’t use half of the current functionalities of phones. Their experience will be dictated by the UI. While the iphone has some serious lacks, most people who DON’T READ this blog will be just happy with it.

See, my wife used the iphone in 5 minutes, doing with it things - web, games, YouTube, music, she would never do with her Nokia. And she loves the phone applications (contacts, sms…). I’m sorry, but that’s innovation that matters more than the hardware and functionalities for 80% of the people.

Posted by Crops on December 15, 2007 at 6:20 AM (CST)

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