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RoughlyDrafted Archives: January 2007

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Index page for articles from January 2007.


January 2007 (newer articles on top):

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The Egregious Incompetence of Palm
Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Linux, and Symbian currently power the world’s smartphones. How does each stack up against Apple’s OS X in the iPhone? This article presents an overview of Palm. Palm’s early products actually followed a trajectory strikingly similar to Apple’s original Macintosh. Differences in the choices made at Palm provide an interesting glimpse into “what if” scenarios of a parallel universe.

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More Absurd iPhone Myths: Third Party Software Panic
Yesterday’s More Absurd iPhone Myths: iSuppli, Subsidies, and Pricing took apart misinformation about the cost, subsidy and pricing of the iPhone. Here’s a look at the third party software panic orchestrated by analysts who really know better.

More Absurd iPhone Myths: iSuppli, Subsidies, and Pricing
Sometimes it’s best to just ignore analysts and hope they go away. A new breed of Internet pundits have become increasingly difficult to ignore, however, because they insist on spewing the most absolutely absurd ideas, which are subsequently regurgitated by Digg and other leading sources of sensationalized misinformation.

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The Spectacular Failure of WinCE and Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Linux, and Symbian currently power the world’s smartphones. How does each stack up against Apple’s OS X in the iPhone? Here’s an overview looking at the merits of each, starting with Microsoft.

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OS X vs. WinCE: How iPhone Differs from Windows Mobile
In contrast to Microsoft’s NT and WinCE, the version of OS X used on the iPhone–and apparently also the new Apple TV, aka iTV–shares far more in common with the desktop Mac version, from its Mach/BSD kernel to its Cocoa frameworks.

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Apple’s OS X: How Does it Fit on the iPhone?
How can Apple squeeze Mac OS X into the iPhone? On a Mac, a minimal installation of OS X takes up at least 10 GB of disk space, and happily consumes all the RAM it can find. The iPhone doesn’t have a hard drive at all. Here’s a look at the system, how its parts add up, and how it can fit into a reduced environment.

Why OS X is on the iPhone, but not the PC
Some analysts are puzzled as to why Apple hasn’t started selling Mac OS X for other vendor’s PCs. Others are confused by Apple’s latest announcements regarding the iPhone; despite running a specialized version of its operating system–which Apple seems to be calling OS X, and which some pundits like to compare to WinCE–it will not immediately offer third party developers the ability to create and distribute their own iPhone applications.

Apple iPhone vs LG Prada KE850
Some analysts are puzzled as to why Apple hasn’t started selling Mac OS X for other vendor’s PCs. Others are confused by Apple’s latest announcements regarding the iPhone; despite running a specialized version of its operating system–which Apple seems to be calling OS X, and which some pundits like to compare to WinCE–it will not immediately offer third party developers the ability to create and distribute their own iPhone applications.

Phone Wars: iPhone vs TyTN, Treo, Pearl, E62, P990, Q
Steve Job’s ambitious goal to grab a fifth of the smartphone market, coyly understated as ‘just 1% of the entire billion unit mobile phone industry’, indicates that Apple is looking at the industry very differently than every other vendor. While most phones are cheap or nearly free, the iPhone aims at the high end of smartphones.

Smartphones: iPhone and the Big Fat Mobile Industry
Here’s a look at the mobile industry at large, and smartphones in particular, and how Apple plans to enter the already crowded market with its new iPhone.

Cingular Apple iPhone vs. Verizon Motorola Q
Analysts complaining about the iPhone compare it in price to cheap, popular phones, but in features to pricey phones that aren’t selling well. Why are they being so disingenuous? Well, there’s simply a huge amount of money in play in the mobile industry, and the iPhone has turned conventional wisdom upside down.

Zune vs. iPhone: Five Phases of Media Coverage
Here’s a comparison of the five phases of media coverage of Apple’s announced iPhone, still six months away, and the announcement and release of Microsoft’s Zune from the last half of 2006.

Inside the iPhone: FairPlay DRM and the iTunes Store
Here’s a look at DRM, and how the iPhone will address the issue on the iPhone

Inside the iPhone: Wireless and Sync vs. Palm, WinCE
Here’s a look at DRM, and how the iPhone will address the issue on the iPhone

Inside the iPhone: UI, Stability, and Software
The iPhone isn’t just a standalone hardware device. It’s an iPod, and like the earlier iPods, its integration with iTunes will provide it with a variety of advantages in the areas of sync, software installation, and simplicity.

Readers Write About iPhone, 3G Wireless Networks
In response to the article Inside the iPhone: EDGE, EVDO, HSUPA, 3G, and WiFi, many readers have written to point out other likely reasons behind Apple’s decision to initially target common and existing standards rather than the very latest 3G networks, and present more information about the future beyond EDGE, unlocked use of the iPhone outside of the US, and details complicating the delivery of a world phone.

Inside the iPhone: Third Party Software
Any chunk of interesting hardware can become more interesting with new software applications. Apple’s new iPhone certainly has the potential to run new applications, and its various motion sensors, radio networking, and computing features all beg for full exploitation in software. That’s left a lot of people wondering: will there be any third party development for it?

Inside the iPhone: Mac OS X, ARM, and iPod OS X
Critics have been fairly quiet about the iPhone’s use of OS X. What does it mean for users?

Inside the iPhone: EDGE, EVDO, HSUPA, 3G, and WiFi
Slashdot presented yesterday’s Macworld: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone next to several gloom and doom reports in the first volley of Apple, Inc. nay-sayers. What was interesting is that the RoughlyDrafted myths article identified more potential complaints than many of the critics actually managed to think up on their own. Here’s another look at a few key misunderstandings that still remain. This article presents some clarifications related to data networks: the EDGE and WiFi supported on the iPhone, and the EVDO and HSDPA that are not.

Macworld: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone
With only a brief preview of its new iPhone, Apple has yanked the rug from under the rest of the industry. The talking heads desperately need to something to say. Here’s what they’ll all be saying, and why they’ll be wrong.

Macworld: Scorecard and Secrets of the iPhone
As delicious as it is to see my ideas for the Generation 6 iPod leap of the page and into a real product with even more functionality than I could have imagined, the really interesting bits of Apple’s latest releases are the things that were not predicted at all, or which turned out completely different than expected. Here’s a look at how things turned out compared to expectations, and why any of it matters.

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Macworld: Apple’s New AirPort Extreme
While the star of Macworld is Apple’s new iPhone and the Apple TV, Apple also released a new version of its AirPort basestation offering faster 802.11n and expanded sharing services.

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Macworld: Apple’s New Apple TV
The star of Macworld is Apple’s new iPhone, but its companion, formerly referred to as “iTV,” was also revealed in full detail, and assigned a February release.

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Macworld: Apple’s New iPhone
The star of Macworld is Apple’s new iPhone. It also happens to be the Generation 6 iPod, with not only a larger screen than the Microsoft iPod Killer, but far higher resolution. It looks suspiciously like the ‘iPod Blogger,’ but delivers all the wish list features using an entirely customized interface, and running Mac OS X.

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ArsTechnica: Mary E Tyler Admits Greenpeace a Fraud
Considering that Greenpeace will no doubt be panhandling at MacWorld, here’s a four step plan for recovering from a Greenpeace brainwashing, following the experience of ArsTechnica’s Mary E Tyler.

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Macworld 2007 Wishlist: Mac OS X Leopard
Macworld 2007 is just days away. Here’s a look at what’s likely to be revealed, some promising ideas that are less likely to get delivered, and things that have no chance of happening. Part four covers Mac OS X Leopard.

MacWorld 2007 Wishlist: Mac Software
Macworld 2007 is just days away. Here’s a look at what’s likely to be revealed, some promising ideas that are less likely to get delivered, and things that have no chance of happening. Part three covers Mac software.

MacWorld 2007 Wishlist: Macs and MacBooks
Macworld 2007 is just days away. Here’s a look at what’s likely to be revealed, some promising ideas that are less likely to get delivered, and things that have no chance of happening. Part two covers the Mac family.

MacWorld 2007 Wishlist: iPod, Phone, iTV
Macworld 2007 is just days away. Here’s a look at what’s likely to be revealed, some promising ideas that are less likely to get delivered, and things that have no chance of happening. Part one covers the iPod family.


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