This it the third part in a series on Apple's hyped up iPhone. In part I, I covered all the crazy hype over the iPhone. In part II, I covered the iPlan rates and why business users might want to take caution before investing. I will be writing a couple more parts in this series, with the final part consisting of my full iPhone review.
The historic release of the iPhone is just one day away. My fellow geeks and I have been calling each other nonstop and sending instant messages. Last night, I went outside my geeky world and interviewed some people, who appear to be normal, about the "Jesus phone". Juan, 29, of Manhattan Beach, California thinks I, as well as other people excited about this phone, really need to get a life. “It’s only a phone!” he laughed. "I’m saving my money for more important things, like my daughter's education." His wife Victoria, 30, seemed to have more sympathy.
“Even though I have no desire to get this phone, I’m not going to judge anybody,” she said, in a serious tone, but laughed afterwards. Victoria finds business phones like the Treo a lot “cooler.” A lot of business users may end up taking her point of view as well, since it has been revealed that that the AT&T network the iPhone runs on is excruciatingly slow.
“I’m going to wait until they fix all the bugs in the first version,” Mikhal, 44, of Redondo Beach, said. “Usually, first generation phones like this are buggy as hell. I remember the problems they had with the first generation iPod. Now, the things perfect,” he continued. However, there have been no major software bugs in early reviews of the iPhone. Things may change when the iPhone gets into consumers' hands tomorrow.
It is important to note that consumers will not need to sign up for their plans at an Apple or AT&T store. Instead, they will be required to have the latest version of iTunes on their MAC or PC computers, sync their iPhones, and sign up with a plan online. It looks really easy on Apple’s demonstration but one has to wonder how simple it will actually be when thousands of people, all at the same time, are trying to activate their phones. Bad news for people trying to buy the iPhone and use it as a media player: the iPhone’s features can only be accessed by signing up with an account.