Now that I’m less than a week away from, excluding any unforeseen product shortages, adopting a Palm Pre as my primary mobile device, my peers keep prodding me with questions. Many of my tech friends haven’t really been following the Pre and WebOS that closely. Actually, it’s surprising how many haven’t been following it. Even Leo Laporte (whom I consider to be kinda close to the cutting edge when talking about tech) is only now starting to pay attention to the Pre. And he seems to be doing it in a very apologetic way. (‘You know what, I think I’m gonna check out the Palm Pre…’). The truth is that he’s probably following the Pre because he has to – as a tech correspondent, he has to stay on top of what the current focus is, and right now that’s the Pre.
Having read message boards and talked to other tech fans, what is most surprising to me are the number of people who are anxiously anticipating the announcement of the next iteration of the iPhone. Okay, so it’s not that surprising – any Apple announcement these days (and particularly one where Steve Jobs might take the stage – and it’s about a 75% lock that it will happen in my book) will get tech journalists pens moving. But this time around, I’m much more interested in the other stuff that Apple might talk about. For people who know their tech, there should be almost no excitement for the iPhone this go round. And there are a few reasons for it.
About two plus months ago, I was buzzing around my office at work. Apple had announced that they would be previewing some of the features of the forthcoming iPhone OS 3.0. While I thought the Pre was intriguing, innovative and sorta tempting, I have a tremendous amount of confidence in the folks at the Apple Campus at Cupertino. I knew (or, at least, I thought I knew) that whatever they announced would make me forget about the multi-tasking, cloud synching, synergetic phone that Palm revealed two months earlier. Upon reflection, had I been able to take a trip up to the ‘wisdom mountain’ and really clear my head, I would have seen the obvious.