It does have an iPod button after all (one of the buttons on the home screen), it even looks like an iPod, and it does hook to iTunes just like an iPod, and it plays music, music videos, movies, podcasts, and you name it. In other words it is a super-set of the iPod, That is what the Apple iPhone is.
The one things the Apple iPhone doesn’t have, when compared to the iPod, is the 60 GB storage capacity. So you won’t be able to put all of the 10,000 songs and music videos and movies in your Apple iPhone, but probably enough of them to keep you entertained and informed while on the go.
That is exactly what I did today. I loaded some of my favorite CD’s in iTunes, and some music videos, and a few podcasts, and when I synchronized my iPhone, not only my contacts and calendar got synchronized, but now my iPhone is a fully functional iPod as well.
As I was listening to my NPR podcast, I got a phone call. The podcast audio stopped automatically, and the phone started ringing, and when I finished my phone call, the podcast audio automatically and smoothly resumed playing--the world as you would expect it to be.
It may be too early to start thinking about the next generation of the iPhone, but these days one cannot help but think ahead. What the next generation iPhone needs is:
- More providers (so we can choose the provider that provides the best service in our area—not likely to be AT&T/Cingular in the San Francisco area)
- More bandwidth (so we can load Webpages and maps faster and really take over the web)
- More storage (so we can consolidate and have all our content in one place)
- More applications (while the iPhone comes with a rich set of user friendly applications, it seems that some key applications did not make it in the first cut, or maybe I haven’t run into them yet, such as recording voice notes, recording video clips, managing task lists).