July 6, 2007


I finally got a chance to play with an iPhone, now that the crowds have left the Apple Store. Ten minutes at most, but that was enough time to try a lot of things.

It is beyond awesome. (Yes, yes, Scott, I knows about all the various things it won't do, and I'm sure that if I were away from WiFi the EDGE network would be a big negative.) I have a good phone, and Charlene has a Treo, but this is just another world.

You know that old SF cliché, about how any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic? It was sort of like that. I was riffling through a photo collection by flicking it with my finger, and almost immediately lost any sensation of working with a machine, or with data, or files. Or pixels on a screen.

I took the picture below, first try, and e-mailed it to myself, without any feeling that I needed to consult the owners manual. I just did it. The keyboarding is weird, but I improved quickly. I bet someone soon invents a stylus that mimics the electrical qualities of human skin, to use with iPhones...I started tapping with the corner of my finger, to be more precise...

Photo taken with iPhone

Posted by John Weidner at July 6, 2007 12:22 PM
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