iPhone kerfuffle makes me wonder whether anyone bothers unplugging anymore

I find the OS X platform exceptional for development, but what buggy code I do produce is almost exclusively for the web. Therefore, I don’t follow what goes on at Apple Developer conferences – it just doesn’t concern me. But today I heard that Apple had announced a new iPhone at their Worldwide Developers Conference, and almost immediately the news turned sour. Amongst the spoiled grapes, users were peeved that AT&T was not going to allow existing iPhone owners to upgrade equipment at subsidized prices unless existing contracts allowed for it, and that MMS and internet access tethering wouldn’t be available right away either. People are downright hostile, over a phone.

I’ve toyed around with an iPhone, and I don’t understand the attraction. But it certainly seems like a fatal one. It’s got a pretty, but delicate screen. There’s no tactile keypad or keyboard. You can’t swap batteries when the charge dies. You can install applications on it, but only those the manufacturer approves (and delivers). Rumor has it the manufacturer can “brick” the phone, of any “owner”, any time it likes. But my goodness it plays music. And you are always “connected” when you have it.

Considering the magnitude and intensity of the obsession with the device, I wonder whether the always connected mantra is becoming a neurosis.

It sounds like you need to unplug man. What do you think DeJour…should we take him with us? Definitely.

Forget the white rabbit. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg…heck…Oprah Winfrey – they’re handing out their own brand of blue pills.

I doubt those passed even phase 1 trials, hence the side effects are anyone’s guess.


Mandianne says:

They couldn’t help themselves. Used to be the phones killer app was just talking .. the techies had to keep banging away until they had more people convinced that the phone was a great place to put their ‘fantastical’ technology and voila, it’s now ‘always connected’ that has us convinced that talk is less important than always being connected (or listening to music .. sheesh). Good one on the Neo connection.

@EW – Yes…and the privacy issues. That side effect will definitely be excluded, even from the finest of print.

@MB – We can extrapolate much more useful information from a phone call versus, say, an email or an instant message. I think it falls just behind face-to-face in that regard. Further, every time I see an iPod user I first wonder why they’re so hell bent on eliminating one of their five senses.

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