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Mix: EMI praise, Multi-touch, NAND flash, Dvorak rant

EMI chief executive Eric Nicoli said at this week’s CTIA event that the wireless industry needs to look towards Apple if it wants to succeed in mobile music. “Apple makes stuff that people love to own,” Nicoli said. “They love the simplicity and user-friendliness of the iPod and iTunes. Apple doesn’t employ any sorcery or dark magic to achieve this. They listen to what consumers want. And that shouldn’t be Apple’s unique privilege.”

David Pogue of the New York Times hints that Apple worked with NYU researcher Jeff Han on the iPhone’s multi-touch interface. “After the Jobs demo, I called Jeff Han, fully expecting to hear how angry he was that Apple had stolen his idea without permission or consultation (it’s happened before),” says Pogue. “Instead, he knew all about Apple’s project. He didn’t say that Apple bought his technology, nor that Apple stole it—only that he’d known what had happened, and that there was a lot he wasn’t allowed to say.”

DigiTimes reports on a possible shortage of NAND flash memory: “The considerable demand from Apple’s iPhone, the growing number of high-density MP3 players (4-8GB), and handsets with built-in memory should fuel NAND flash demand substantially. A severe shortage is likely to arrive in the second half of the year, he highlighted.”

John C. Dvorak says that Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone before it’s too late. “What Apple risks here is its reputation as a hot company that can do no wrong. If it’s smart it will call the iPhone a “reference design” and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else’s marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures. It should do that immediately before it’s too late.” [via DF]

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1

Anyone think Dvorak is smoking crack?

I mean really… hand off the iphone to some other company.  I read the guys article and while I understand what he is saying I think that he is just way off base.
Don’t get me wrong, i don’t think every iPod owner is going to drop their current carrier or go in default of their current contract to get their hands on the new iphone but I don’t think that it will not be successful.  However I do have reservations about using Cingulars network. (Guess that did too since they originally wanted verizon)

What do you think? Does his article make since or is he just way off?

Posted by 3rdeye on March 29, 2007 at 10:07 AM (PDT)

2

The EDGE vs 3G on the iPhone is a bigger problem that Apple cares to admit. I’ve used PDA/Phone devices on Cingular’s network using GPRS, EDGE, and 3G. Once you’ve used 3G….the rest are pigs. Apple can say all they want about it not being a problem, for a $600 phone with a 2-year commitment they are wrong.

Posted by Rand on March 29, 2007 at 11:04 AM (PDT)

3

Rand, 3G is a non-issue to most of us. It’s simply not available to most people in the US

Posted by urbanslaughter on March 29, 2007 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

4

But by June 2009? Or even 2008? Might be. Of course it all depends on Cingular finishing their rollout. Admittedly I’m spoiled. I live in Texas we’re pretty much covered in the major population centers. So subconciously there is probably some whining of disappointment going on there on my part.

Posted by rand on March 29, 2007 at 12:54 PM (PDT)

5

On another note… I do think Dvorak is flawed in comparing an iPhone to a regular trendy handsets. I have had PDA phones for some years. They have a little more legs in their lifecycle than just 3 months.

Posted by rand on March 29, 2007 at 1:01 PM (PDT)

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...3G is a non-issue to most of us. It’s simply not available to most people in the US

Sadly true (perhaps), if you’re a Cingular subscriber. Over on CNET, they reported yesterday that Cingular/ATT may actually be scaling back their 3G roll-out plans.

Well, there’s always Verizon or Sprint, as long as you can do without an iPhone. And supposedly my provider, T-Mobile, is finally ramping up their U.S. 3G system (but I’ll believe that when I finally see it). But Rand is right…once you’ve tried 3G (I play with Verizon’s on my wife’s Samsung u740) there’s simply no going back.

http://news.com.com/2100-1039_3-5718624.html

Posted by flatline response on March 29, 2007 at 1:48 PM (PDT)

7

Dvorak hasn’t been relevant (or even close to correct in his predictions) for years. He’s compensated by making more and more outrageous statements, in a clear effort to keep himself in the headlines. Although he can no longer be considered a pundit, at least he’s entertaining.

Posted by m.s. on March 29, 2007 at 2:24 PM (PDT)

8

I have to agree with the article, cell-phones are short-term status symbols. (Cool today, not tomorrow)  He didn’t say that the iPhone will have a life-cycle of 3 months, but if it wanted to sustain its cool factor Apple better have a few more improved versions ready for roll-out at a moments notice.  Like he said the mp3 market belongs to Apple, the cell-phone market not so much.

Posted by B on March 29, 2007 at 2:24 PM (PDT)

9

Yes style in phones changes, but not as fast as every three months.  Most companies tend to do a full line turn over once a year.  The Motorola Razr is still one of the most popular telephones and it’s been out nearly four years in various incarnations, all physically looking pretty much the same.

Apple probably won’t be able to sit on their product quite as long as they’re used to, for example the 5G iPod, but a rev every year will keep them in the game.

Clearly Apple’s not going to control cellular phones like they do the MP3 market.  But if they have even a fraction of the market it’s pure cash for them.  The iPhone will be a status symbol, less than a mass market product.  More like owning a Mac, than a iPod. 

But for everyone they sell it’ll be cash in the bank.

Posted by Jeffery Simpson on March 29, 2007 at 5:23 PM (PDT)

10

I suspect some people will buy the iPhone for the widescreen iPod alone.  This feature, along with 802.11x wireless compatibility puts it leagues above “trendy handsets”

Posted by The Raven in USA on March 29, 2007 at 5:29 PM (PDT)

11

I think Dvorak is a raving idiot and that the iPhone is significantly different that it might create its own pocket of the market that behaves differently to the rest. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how this pans out.

Posted by Japester on March 29, 2007 at 5:37 PM (PDT)

12

When has Dvorak ever been right about anything concerning Apple? To whit:

- He thought the iMac would fail.

- He thought the first-gen iBook wouldn’t sell because to him it looked liked something Barbie would use.

- He thought Apple would switch to Windows.

- He thought the iPod would fail because no one, in his opinion, would want to carry around that much music with them.

- And perhaps most tellingly, he said that Apple would never release a video iPod.

In almost all of his major predictions about Apple, he has consistently been dead wrong.

Posted by Rob in Memphis on March 30, 2007 at 9:31 AM (PDT)

13

may i just take the platform to tell all of you that i simply love all my apple people for contining to keep apple in business.

and ‘rob in memphis’  thank you for that succinct note on dvorak’s prophecies.

peace peeps!

Posted by pklunavat on March 31, 2007 at 2:29 PM (PDT)

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