David Pogue Goes (Re-)Bonkers for iPhone (2.0)

NY Times columnist David Pogue has loved the Apple iPhone from launch last year, but he has up a column today that argues the iPhone 2.0 software coming in June is truly transformational — Blackberry-damaging. The money quote:

You’re witnessing the birth of a third major computer platform: Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone.

For all but the David-Pogue-is-in-the-Apple-tank skeptics, that’s heady stuff. That said, and this may seem picayune in light of these Big Thoughts, but I don’t get why push email in the new iPhone software is limited to Outlook. Sure, it’s got big market share, but it’s an expensive and evil server-killing dinosaur. I want Gmail push please.

[via Pogue]


  1. Aren’t these talks about the iPhone being a Blackberry killer a bit, well, premature? Weren’t iPhone sales less then expected? And what about the fact that it’s only available via Cingular (and T-Mobile in Europe)? Is iPhone going to be available through other carriers– Verizon, Sprint, etc?

  2. Tmobile blackberry service – $29.
    Mailstreet blackberry service (server side/outsourced MS Exchange, additional cost for BB) – $9.
    Iphone with activesync – $0 (right)?
    That’s enough reason for me to switch. Even a $400 iphone pays for itself in less than one year.

  3. I think Pogue is excited about the sheer volume of apps he expects to be produced for iPhone. Apple’s iPhone SDK looks like it’s aiming to make “programming for the rest of us” for the iPhone platform, hauling in 10’s (if not 100’s) of thousands of developers overnight, many of whom have never coded anything before. I’ve already been through a fair amount of their documentation, and it truly makes it seem like anyone can learn software development from scratch, everything from initial design considerations to code development environment and object oriented programming concepts. Not to offend, but comparing this to Blackberry is setting the bar laughably low – does anyone even remember who the “entrenched market leaders” were when the iPod was first unleashed?

  4. Anything-killer talk is always a crock, as if there’s only room for one at or near the top.
    Who was calling it a Blackberry killer? If anything iPhone’s debut has caused even more interest in Blackberrys and smart phones in general. Their approaches are different enough that I don’t see that much overlap. That tactile repsonse to typing away on a Blackberry is pretty tough to beat for a lot of people who are perfectly happy with them. It’s Windows Mobile that has more to fear from Apple.

  5. Alejandro says:

    Dude where do you leave Symbian? The biggest platform there is as of today? Do not be too much US centric. Do your homework!!