Computer Business Review printed and then retracted an interview with an Access (which now owns PalmSource) spokesperson saying that Palm OS had reached the end of life. But even if Palm OS remains viable, isn’t it time that Apple re-enter the PDA market?
Steve Jobs is on the
cover of the Oct. 24 issue of Time Magazine
with the title heading The man who always seems to know what’s next.
I hope what’s next is Apple revisiting and re-entering the PDA market Apple created in between Jobs’ Apple leadership periods.
Although I tend to use phones and PDAs based on Microsoft Windows Mobile, it was always obvious that a healthy and innovative Palm competing in the market was good for all PDA/phone users.
The Treo 650 (which emerged from Palm’s purchase of Handspring a while back) is a great product that is rightfully getting rave reviews from pundits and end users.
Microsoft’s approaching Palm to create a Windows Mobile version makes this very obvious.
The Palm software as we know will probably undergo a metamorphasis similar to the one we saw when Apple went from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X and its Mach/BSD based UNIX kernel.
So, Palm won’t disappear, just yet IMHO.
And, yet, I think a more innovative dynamic force is needed to revitalize the non-phone PDA space.
The Apple iPod is already half-way to becoming a PDA.
All it really lacks in on-device user-input for contacts, events, etc (let’s just forget the Motorola ROKR iTunes Phone for now, please).
Competition is good for consumers in the gadget space.
So, Mr. Jobs, I hope you consider re-entering Apple in the PDA space with the, uh, hmm Apple iPad (iSlate? iNote?) (yeah, no one will hire me as a marketing person, I know).
Would you buy an Apple iPad?