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Old 10-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Apple loosens grip on iPhone software - CNN.com
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Some love for the iPhone community.

Apple loosens grip on iPhone software - CNN.com
I saw this too...I am sure some people are going to be pretty excited.
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maybe the iPhone will be worth getting once new software is out!!

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EZ back away from the crack pipe! Yes, it is SO sexy BUT no keyboard and no push email.... Now quite staring at that short skirt and long legs and remember who ya love!
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This should make iPod Touch more attractive to me as a PDA. However, I want Bluetooth, so an unactivated iPhone at eBay prices (i.e. $150-$200) might become more attractive, who knows...

I don't want another phone -- but I'd like a powerful pocket computer that's running a near clone of a desktop operating system (MacOS X), capable of doing videos and photos with the good pinch-zoom manoever, able to run ports of 3D games, connecting to Bluetooth keyboards, doubling as a handwriting notepad, etc.

At $200 (predicted 2008 price), the iPhone/iPod Touch should make a real KICK-ASS pocket PDA computer... Great 3D chip, great resolution, great widescreen iPod, fast ARM processor, great graphics API's. The specs TOTALLY BLOW AWAY ALL IPAQ'S (except maybe Dell Axim X51v, but it's much more fun to program for a Mac platform anyway)

And possibly a new skillset for my computer programming skills; as I currently earn a living programming for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile. I, for one, look forward to expanding my skills. [and maybe increasing my salary ]. Probably fairly easy, if you have some Linux and/or Mac knowledge -- because you can simply telnet to the iPod and develop directly on-device using gdb or choose your favourite IDE, etc. -- since MacOS is just essentially a UNIX flavour nowadays). Or Xcode is rather nice in many ways, mind you, and for those Microsoft Visual Studio users, can always write a plugin. Visual Studio can now be used as a shell for any programming language -- you can write your own plug-in debugger for any programming language of your choice these days. We even have a BlackBerry plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio now! Plenty of development choice.

I'll still hang onto my Blackberry for email and everything else, though.

But I gotta have me one of these as a second device, come February!
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very good move by apple.
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This should make iPod Touch more attractive to me as a PDA. However, I want Bluetooth, so an unactivated iPhone at eBay prices (i.e. $150-$200) might become more attractive, who knows...

I don't want another phone -- but I'd like a powerful pocket computer that's running a near clone of a desktop operating system (MacOS X), capable of doing videos and photos with the good pinch-zoom manoever, able to run ports of 3D games, connecting to Bluetooth keyboards, doubling as a handwriting notepad, etc.

At $200 (predicted 2008 price), the iPhone/iPod Touch should make a real KICK-ASS pocket PDA computer... Great 3D chip, great resolution, great widescreen iPod, fast ARM processor, great graphics API's. The specs TOTALLY BLOW AWAY ALL IPAQ'S (except maybe Dell Axim X51v, but it's much more fun to program for a Mac platform anyway)

And possibly a new skillset for my computer programming skills; as I currently earn a living programming for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile. I, for one, look forward to expanding my skills. [and maybe increasing my salary ]. Probably fairly easy, if you have some Linux and/or Mac knowledge -- because you can simply telnet to the iPod and develop directly on-device using gdb or choose your favourite IDE, etc. -- since MacOS is just essentially a UNIX flavour nowadays). Or Xcode is rather nice in many ways, mind you, and for those Microsoft Visual Studio users, can always write a plugin. Visual Studio can now be used as a shell for any programming language -- you can write your own plug-in debugger for any programming language of your choice these days. We even have a BlackBerry plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio now! Plenty of development choice.

I'll still hang onto my Blackberry for email and everything else, though.

But I gotta have me one of these as a second device, come February!
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