At MacWorld yesterday, Steve Jobs announced Apple's much-hyped iPhone. With a Mac OS X brain, a wide-screen iPod, web apps specifically by Google and Yahoo and features aplenty, this really is both the iPhone and the WiPod! Engadget have all the details of the launch in pictures along with a glowing report; more balanced items from the New York Times and BBC News are both positive as well. (Of course, Australia as part of the Asia region isn't slated to see these devices until 2008 - and without a mobile carrier in place here an eBay purchase still won't be a working Australian phone ). I have to say I was most impressed by the touch-screen keyboard and controls. The controls which change depending on your application are an obvious idea, but one which Apple has followed through with in their usual stylish way!
I suspect this (and Apple's iTV) will re-centralise the "convergence" discussions which suggest in the future every application and function will run through one multi-tasking device. Even though Henry Jenkins' book Convergence Culture isn't so much a technical one-box for everything argument, I think his choice (or his publisher's choice) to put a docked video iPod on the cover seems even more apt that before!
Update: Engadget points out that the iPhone still has a few annoying limitations, including:
* No 3G. We know you know, but still, it hurts man.
* No over the air iTunes Store downloads or WiFi syncing to your host machine.
* No expandable memory.
* No removable battery.
* No Exchange or Office support.
[Tags: apple | iphone | convergence | ipod | widescreen | wipod]