Sunday, November 02, 2008


Philip Cunningham

Interesting post but I think there's a slightly bigger opportunity for Apple.

The iphone is a nice computer in a small box with a small screen. But what if they split the two - what if you could plug your iphone into a
different screen and keyboard? Then you could have a 7inch laptop or a 10 inch laptop, both powered by your iphone.

The connection wouldn't be wires as you have on a conventionalcomputer. It would be a slot-in connection (proprietary, of course)
that would envelop the phone - looking at it you've never know your phone was inside.

Once you've made that leap, then the alternate form factors wouldn't stop at keyboards and screens but include power supplies, separate
batteries and so on. You could have tablets (5 inch or 10 inch) or even change the display - an eInk display tablet with iTunes for
reading matter would flatten Amazon's Kindle.

Apple ipod already has a wide range of accessory partners, so there is a ready group of manufacturers. Apple gets to provide a market for
clones, yet keeps control and changes the clones for the privilege. By keeping them dumb (because they are nothing without the iphone
brain), they're not really clones but zombies.

What's not to like?

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