I'm not even about to begin linking to all the stories on the new iPhone (this is a fairly thick link farm for you). I just want to point to a couple of things from the keynote speech yesterday...
- I think I heard that the U.S. Army was one of the organizations involved in the beta program
- 35% of Fortune 500 companies were involved in the beta (notes from Engadget coverage of keynote "35% of the Fortune 500 has participated in that beta program. The top 5 banks, top 5 securities firms, 6 or 7 top airlines, 8 of 10 top pharma, and 8 of 10 top entertainment companies."
- I think they nailed the pricing this time
- I was stunned when they were showing all the apps and talking about how short the dev times were - like two weeks - so who will build the first successful learning app?
- I was knocked out by their solution to background process management (OK..that's not really sexy but damn important)
- I am soooo signing up for MobileMe
- Full support for Exchange
- **This is one of my favs (again from Engadget): "We got some other feedback that enterprises want another way to distribute apps -- they want to distro them for themselves, so we're adding enterprise app distribution." Enterprises authorize iPhones, and then create and distribute apps on their intranet that can only run on those phones. Users sync their custom apps through iTunes. Yes, iTunes is apparently the new enterprise tool. As Paris Hilton would say, "That is hot."
Enterprise support, better pricing, faster, smaller, 3rd party apps - how about just plain old innovation? Here is the thing - a lot of organizations talk about innovation but Apple actually delivers - they have actually turned it into a part of their brand - OK..more later, lots of catch up to do and still digesting 3G iPhone implications.