The glare of the stage lights seems to be fading a bit and some not-so-glossy features of the iPhone are surfacing:
- The Apple reps at MacWorld are telling people that you won’t be able to install your own software on the iPhone.
- They’re also reporting that the battery is not removable.
- There’s no expansion slot (mini/microSD, whatever).
- It’s rumored that you won’t be able to do over-the-air iTunes Store purchases.
Add this to the lack of 3G and the $500/600 price tag, and I’m left scratching my head.
Is this a smartphone or not? I’d have to say “not”, given the first point.
Are they targeting consumers or power/business users? Expensive, but not customizable with software or expansion cards - sounds like “neither”.
All this information is semi-official at best, and hopefully these factors will line up into a clearer market strategy before June. But if these become fact (especially that first one), I’ll still be scratching my head.