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iPhone, revolution or revolution?

The iPhone arrived … finally! Many (including myself) anxiously awaited Apple's revolutionary mobile phone. The presentation of the iPhone has also overshadowed the excellent Apple TV, whose only fault was that of being presented simultaneously with an object around which an unparalleled expectation had been created.

All happy and satisfied? It seems so: the truly revolutionary product and promises to make a change in the telephony market as iPod has made a change to that of portable music.

In spite of us, we want to strive and go against the current. Not that the writer is not enthusiastic about the product, indeed! For perhaps it is also necessary to stop for a moment, stop the emotion and think. Not only to the revolution, but also to what is already there, or more precisely, there should be. Because if the iPhone represents the non plus ultra in terms of technological innovation, it seems that it picks from the point of view of what should be the basis already established in the telephony market.

In the midst of so much of the next generation of God, some may turn up their noses. For example, the temporary choice of not supporting UMTS or HSDPA, the new technologies that have been emerging in the telephone operator market in recent years. Perhaps these two technologies have not yet had the success that everyone expected, but it does not seem entirely a good choice to stay one or two generations behind the competition.

And what about the fact that, as we announced in our "hands-on", the phone could only be supported by a telephone operator unless it certainly could undermine the likelihood of penetration and dissemination of the device. In the Italian case then, the choice of the manager would seem obligatory, given that the only operators to have EDGE network are TIM and WIND. The choice of TIM, certainly a company that holds the greatest coverage and market share between the two, comes from s.

Perhaps it would be necessary to study an alternative configuration of the iPhone, specifically for the European market and this would require greater flexibility of the device, in addition to decidedly different marketing policy choices.

Another not entirely convincing note concerns the impossibility of synchronizing the phone via bluetooth or wi-fi: why ever? Because we can connect a Nokia 6630 to Mac via bluetooth without problems, while we can't do it, we don't say with a Microsoft product, but an Apple one.

The inability to install programs on the device, armoring the software in a certain way could also represent a gap, even if this lack could be filled by a new section of the iTunes Store. Admittedly, however, everything appears to be in line with Apple's other choices: iPod, Apple TV and iPhone, everything revolves around iTunes. A centralization on the online store also for iPhone, therefore, hoping that the ?armor plating? will not disappoint those who would like a more customizable and versatile device.

And the battery? how long will the battery stand by for a device of that type? For now we only know that it lasts 16 hours listening to music. It does not seem, always as we read in our article, it will even be possible to replace the battery, something of a certain relevance for a telephone device. It would then be opportune to hope that a battery charger is included in the package, not just a USB cable like the iPod.

In short, the revolution is certainly the iPhone a window on the future, on the history that will be. For you can not even at the same time not hope that Apple has learned from the mistakes of the past (one name, Newton) and that some of the shadows that stand out on the iPhone are the result of the anticipation of the launch and that can be filled thanks to the time which is still missing in the actual presentation. After all, there are 6 months to market in the USA and a year to that in Europe and everything can still change.

We are free to make all the considerations we want; for the conclusions, fortunately, we still have a lot of time.

Meanwhile, welcome iPhone.