In about a week the lucky ones in the US will start using their Apple iPhones. It’ll be a good long while till the iPhone arrives here in New Zealand (2008)1, and I’m sure it’ll cost a fortune, but I want one now.
I’ve just watched the 20 minute iPhone tour and tutorial video — medium size, but I wish I’d gone for the large size to better see the buttons and icons.
Email, web, phone calls, SMS, videos, photos, built-in camera — they all sound great to me, and I love the new ‘touch’ interface with its ‘pinching’.
I have one concern: the predictive text — apparently it will helpfully autocorrect:
And the keyboard is predictive, so it prevents and corrects mistakes, making it easier and more efficient to use than the small plastic keyboards on many smartphones.
If we’re going to use it here the built-in dictionaries will have to include Māori: not only does New Zealand English include an increasing number of Māori words, such as marae, hui and whanau, but there are loads of people, plant and placenames too. I don’t want to spend my time battling the software just to write a text message or email.
1 iPhone will be available in the US in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008, in a 4GB model for $499 (US) and an 8GB model for $599 (US), and will work with either a PC or Mac.