Apple iPhone signals beginning of the end, Duh.

“On June 29, 2007, Apple released the highly anticipated iPhone to the public. Forrester evaluated the iPhone’s capabilities, and we believe that the iPhone signals the beginning of the end for the mobile Web as we know it today: Stripped-down sites crammed onto the small screens of devices meant for phoning, not browsing, will become a thing of the past. Companies looking to stay on top of this trend should get iPhones and experience their capabilities for themselves. Going forward, firms should continue to experiment with the mobile Web sites they own today in order to learn how to create content that is timely, location-aware, and actionable for users on the go,” Vidya Lakshmipathy reports for Forrester Research.

Voice Bank has developed a converter that shrinks manga pages created for viewing on PC screens to iPhone size, claiming it made the move because the phone’s touch-sensitive screen is perfect for the panel-based graphic medium. It is now looking for a distribution partner in the US.

Sounds like these guys have already gotten the message.
This is what I want to be able to check out on my iphone.

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  • Yes the iPhone is seductive: I want one, too… in the same way I want a sinful dessert. If only the IPhone and all other phones were edible or even biodegradble. But today’s infatuation is tomorrow’s obsolete trash. Until each product comes with its own built-in disappearing act, paid for by the manufacturer, it is, sadly, so much more than an object of desire.
    Lissa Reidel
    Folio One, Limited

  • I agree with Lissa. It’s a kind of hyped-up thing, a designed desire if you will. Fortunately, only one service (Verizon) works where I live out in the country, so I couldn’t get an iPhone if I wanted to.

    I do believe it’s a new paradigm, however, and it will be like the first Macs in the way it changes how and what we can do with a piece of technology. There will be similar choices from other companies soon. Samsung and Nokia and other phone manufacturers are more sophisticated competition for Apple than the computer companies they usually compete against.

  • I agree with both of you.

    The iphone is a hyped up thing — a designed desire. Its a designed experience from industrial design to software phone call; like only Steve Jobs can manufacture. But it didn’t take a shiney sexy device to interest me. I’ve seen most of this technology before, although some in the prototype stage not in an actual manufactured device.

    The thing that won me over was a single fundamental software change. Voicemail. The most frustrating, stupid experience on any phone system. Being able to view my voicemail like my email and select who’s message I want hear or delete. Oh, and not only that, I can stop the message at any point and play it forward and rewind. The cell phone as we knew it sucks.

    Sustainability. Any product that isn’t sustainable is everyone’s problem. The manufacturers that get with sustainability will have an advantage over their competion in the long run. It would be great for an organization like the Environmental Defense Fund to do a study and help business see the rewards of putting the theory to work in the marketplace. I don’t see a project in the works now. Until then what?

  • A close friend told me her young child had nightmares about mountains of trash in the landscape. He is now an organic farmer. Perhaps he saw the future more clearly than we do.
    Soon America’s new best thing will be desired in China and India… When they have what we have – pollution spitting cars and disposable technology – what will our world be?

  • Why don’t adults have these nightmares too?

    I think China is doing very well without any help from us. Do we actually make anything they could buy? They make most of what becomes our trash.

    In our office building downtown I think we are the only people that put our newspapers and bottles in the available recycling bin. We hear that the city of philadelphia pretends to recycle but it actually goes to landfills.

    I have tried to get where we lived involved in recyclebank but the city hasn’t allowed them to expand the program. Check it out here:
    What small things can we do to encourage sustainability?