My take on the iPhone

| June 25, 2007

[UPDATED 06/30/07 – 0832 MDT] Ah, I love geeks. A day after the iPhone is released, here’s a heavily photographed step-by-step dissection of one (“We did it, so you don’t have to”).

Many years ago, when I was writing for Macworld, I interviewed the Apple product manager in charge of System 7.0, the Macintosh operating system version just in the process of being released by Apple. As I recall, the interview took place during one of the Macworld Expo conferences. After having expounded upon the various features and benefits of System 7.0, the product manager asked me what I thought. I told him that my own opinions were best expressed by a t-shirt I saw someone wearing earlier that day: “I’m waiting for System 7.0.1”.

The Apple product manager visibly flinched, then smiled a bit ruefully and acknowledged the rationale of the sentiment.

So I won’t be rushing out this weekend to buy an iPhone, even though I already run all my mobile phone accounts through AT&T Cingular the new AT&T. I may not wait as long as I did before buying a Palm Pilot (2 years after release) or an iPod (3rd generation). But I will wait.

On the other hand, Windows XP represents the end-of-life for my purchase of Windows operating systems. I may not be able to avoid Windows Vista forever, but I can sure try. My plan is to slowly replace all my existing Wintel systems (four desktops, one laptop) with Macs that dual-boot WinXP and whatever the current Mac OS X version is. Of course, this means buying a few more copies of WinXP while it’s still available, but c’est la vie. Besides, my sweet angel Sandra, who’s been all-Mac for several years now, will be a lot happier.

And, most likely, so will I. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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