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The iPhone Phenomenon
Monday, June 08, 2009
I must start out and say that June 2009 has been an amazing month for technology. Lots of Google news, Microsoft Bing news, and a new iPhone is launched. I have to admit that I jumped on the Apple bandwagon (how can you not?) when I purchase an iPhone a few months ago. This technology is so amazing to me. The world is at my fingertips. Although I work in the Search industry I would not necessary classify me as a techie. I am more of a digital immigrant.

However, Apple's innovation with their iPhone is quickly changing that. I love my iPhone and frankly I rarely use it as a phone. In the months that I have had my iPhone, it has allowed me to:
  • navigate the streets of New York
  • order pizza from a local pizza place
  • add notes about a meeting
  • create my own personalized ringtones
  • play table hockey
  • check hockey scores from the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • download the new Chickenfoot CD
  • take pictures of my family
  • set an alarm to wake me up while in Chicago
  • listen to my favorite songs via my personalized playlists
  • check movie listings
  • entertain my friend's children
  • play solitaire
  • enjoy a game of pac-man
  • monitor my caloric intake
  • check my email
  • update my Facebook status
  • text message teammates from my softball team
  • perform some math
  • bowl
  • find out the name to a song on the radio and from TV commercials
  • check out the weather forecast in Las Vegas, New York, Kelowna, Vancouver, Grande Cache, Chicago and Seattle
  • bid on items from eBay
  • research baby names
  • plan my agendas
The list goes on an on. As you can see I rarely use my iPhone as a phone. There is just so much you can do with it. As little as ten years ago I never thought that I would own a phone that allows me to do what I can do with the iPhone. This is truly a remarkable product, and as we all know remarkable products can be few a far between.

Earlier today Apple (AAPL) announced the launch of the new iPhone 3GS. The launch, although speculated, was a lot sooner than anticiapted no doubt to take some of the air out of Palm's and Google's Android technologies. The iPhone is changing the way we live. It is just that revolutionary not to mention popular. Don't believe me? Check these stats out:
  • In April, Apple hit its 1 billionth app download
  • There are over 50,000 applications available in the App Store (for the record, Palm has 18 apps)
  • 40 million iPhones and ipod touches have been sold
The reason for this? Popularity. Some of the new features that are pretty cool include:
  • The new “Find My iPhone” feature where if you lose your iPhone anywhere and have a MobileMe account, you can find exactly where your iPhone is on a map on the web. I know three or four people who could have used this in the past month.
  • the ability to ping your iPhone remotely, which puts out an alert noise to show where it is
  • the ability to send a remote wipe command, to delete everything on the phone if your iPhone is stolen
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The iPhone Phenomenon

With the launch of the iPhone 3GS, storage sizes have doubles, the battery life is longer and the downloads times are faster. The development of the iPhone is a bit of a phenomenon and truly is an extraordinary event. We all know how innovative Apple is, but they have had issues with their price points with regards to the iPhone as the folks at TechCrunch point out.

However there is more than the novelty of just owning an iPhone. It's about being able to quickly access and share information. Having an iPhone allows users to connect in a manner that previously was unheard of from anywhere, anyplace at anytime. You can bet that the conversations taking at place at WWDC 09, will continue to revolutionize and grow the development of the iPhone. Inviting developers to bring their code and concepts to iPhone labs just speaks to the innovation and phenomenon that is Apple.

I'm not a tech-geek, but the iPhone makes me want to be one. When I was younger I seemed to fear technology and the change that was born from it. Now I love it and cannot wait to see what is coming around the corner. If Apple can win me over, they can win anyone over.

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