One is encouraging, the other: rather depressing.
With less than two weeks before Apple’s massively hyped, hugely anticipated and increasingly tiresome to write about iPhone goes on sale in the US a few important firsts have surfaced.
On the hardware side the phone’s first Bluetooth headset accessory has only just passed FCC testing which I would say is leaving things a little tight. The publicly available documents reveal little about the 2.4GHz peripheral other than it has the model number ‘A1221’ and uses a single button for accepting incoming calls. There’s no information regarding pricing or availability either – though 29 June seems like a good date to me.
The Bluetooth headset – which was shown briefly at Macworld Expo – will be followed by a more traditional wired headset with integrated mic that (given the iPhone’s price) I hope is bundled with the device itself.
Moving to all things software, the first third party app for the iPhone has appeared since Job’s revealed add-ons would be limited to Web 2.0 + AJAX coded programmes. The announcement led many to worry at the limitations this would impose on writers and initial signs aren’t good. First app: ‘OneTrip’ – a web-based shopping list!
Interested potential iPhone users can check OneTrip out here though only through the newly Windows capable Safari web browser. Why? In the words of the coder: “Because that means extra work and I can’t justify that since I’m really only targeting iPhone users. Sorry.” Inspiring.