Friday, June 29, 2007

iT Came Out Today

Today, Apple released its long-hyped iPhone; the latest gadget that's one part cell phone, one part Internet, and one part music library. The iDiot pictured above is one of the few thousands who were able to fork over $600 for the first-generation piece of electronics and also fork over hours of wasted time calling Apple tech support in hopes of debugging it. Many camped out this week at the flagship Apple store off of 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan awaiting the arrival of the sleek electronic carrot.

(Taken from ****- Some bullish Wall Street analysts have predicted sales could hit as high as 45 million units in two years.

“That’s nuts,” said Rob Enderle, an industry analyst with The Enderle Group. “Over-hyping this thing just puts it at risk of being seen as a failure.

“Apple will break (sales) records for a phone of this class,” he said, “but selling tens of millions of units so quickly is going to be tough. First-generation products always have problems that you don’t know about until the product ships.”

More likely, Enderle and other analysts said, Apple will grow iPhone sales by refining its models and improving the software features — much as it did with the iPod, which has fueled record profits for the company.****

In the end, the best thing to do is wait. Maybe by Christmas, Apple will iron out all the kinks with the phones and quite possibly a second generation model will be around the corner. Personally, I don't have any near-future plans to cop the iPhone. Maybe when they release the iPhone Nano for $249.99 and can allow you to hook up with a better carrier than AT&T.