I am as excited about the release of the Apple iPhone and it will likely be on my shopping list come June. However, here are five key components that I think are missing in the first generation of the device as described during the keynote and on the Apple website.
- No third party applications. If this device is truly running OS X, then I don’t expect Apple to be able to predict or deliver the full suite of applications I might need. We need a way for users to intall applications and/or support for some general productivity apps like word processing.
- No VOIP. This one has me stunned. I need iChat with VOIP or ability to load Skype. I fear that this is a result of the alliance with Cingular. If so, it is a damn shame. Want to really impress me? Put the camera on the face of the phone instead of the back and give me video chat.
- Attachment viewing. There are a lot of examples of viewing photo attachments in email. I don’t need to be able to view photos, I need to be able to view Word documents and PDF files.
- Wireless sync. I want to sync this device over bluetooth and WiFi. I want to buy stuff on iTunes over WiFi/Edge and download directly to the device even if it means that it is one of my five authorized computers.
- Games. I see no mention of support for iPod games.
What features will you be looking for in the June release?