Would have been a good show to be on (and thanks for the messages and tweets from the guys in the MBW chat room seeing if I was about) but as I was away from my Mac and not monitoring Twitter via Tweetie it was a missed opportunity.
Anyway, the reason for this post is to add in something I would have chipped in with had I been on, regarding the discussion on the iPhone and the Palm Pre.
Alex made a great point about the chinks in the armour of the iPhone and how it was missing some key features such as copy and paste, video camera, higher memory capacity, higher resolution camera or even a camera you can focus.
It led me to ponder on why Apple would leave out such important features that seem to be available on most other smart phones from the get go.
My only reasoning is that it’s a deliberate policy from Apple to ensure that next generation iPhones have an immediate take up from existing iPhone users.
There aren’t many companies that have the confidence (or long term vision) in a product to deliberately leave out key features with the intention of bringing on stream later, giving early adopters a clear upgrade path.
I would expect the next couple of generations of iPhones to include some or all of these features making it a no brainer for the majority of the existing 10+ million iPhone users upgrade plus bring on board the many millions of people who are holding off until these new hardware features are available.
OK, except for Cut & Paste, goodness knows why that isn’t on now!
I must give Leo my cell phone number in case of emergency MBW duty!