The most interesting thing is they bumped the OS version to 3.2. I suspect this summer we’ll see a 4.0 for a much more radically changed iPhone than we’ve seen in the past 2 revisions. Otherwise I think they would have called this 4.0.
Some semi-random thoughts:
- It’s an oversized iPhone/iPod touch. It’s software really isn’t revolutionary, at least so far.
- It will be hard to compete with the Kindle. The Kindle’s screen isn’t back-lit hence it’s easier on the eyes. Don’t underestimate this.
- Typing on a solid surface can’t be that comfortable, especially if you touch type. It works on the iPhone since you use your more padded thumbs. It’s not a laptop replacement.
- It may be thin and light, but it’s not as mobile as phone. It’s not a mobile replacement.
- It has the potential to be a GREAT gaming device.
- It has the potential to hurt netbook sales by serving as a handy “around the house” internet device.
- It’s wireless pricing and iTunes are combined to make it feel cheap to own/operate but will still get expensive quickly.
- It’s sold unlocked. They are catching up with Google in that regard. I wouldn’t be shocked if the iPhone is soon sold on similar terms this summer. UMTS/HSDPA.
- That black bezel will likely disappear once they can shrink the internals in future revisions. It will eventually become closer to the iPhone.
- Still a mostly closed platform. The justification on the iPhone was security since it’s a safety device as well. Why the iPad?