iPhoneFace it. The current iPhone is crippleware, given the hassles you need to go through to use e-book files on your machine. But relief is on the way if a post in Howard Forums is factual. Examples:

–“There will be a build in file browser like the new finder in leopard for sorting through files

–There will be a disk mode

–The reason that there currently isn’t a file browser + way to save files from web is because there isn’t a file browser on the phone, and they wanted to release the same one that’s gonna be in the upcoming leopard OS, complete with coverflow.

–There will even be a special version of ‘iWork’ so you can show your keynote presentations

–So anyway a FULL file browser is coming so you can browse just like windows mobile explorer only in the cool way leopard’s file browser is

–Full spotlight like search is coming too

–Widescreen keyboard support will be coming in every app, not just safari

–Copy & Paste, Select Text is coming too (clipboard)…”

The Howard Forums post, supposedly inspired by a coffee with an Apple buddy, says: “These are all updates that will be software based for the iPhone you already have, so give it a little bit of time.”

(Via Mike Cane)


  1. Oh, David, what am I to do with you?

    A phone is ‘crippled’ because it is not an ebook reading device.

    And this blog is ‘crippled’ because it has no decent articles on nuclear physics.

    Alas we must all face it, the world does not revolve around ebooks even though we wish it did. And ebooks are not yet economically powerful sectors in the world, so if a company seeking a piece of the very-large and very-big-money cellphone market does not think about ebook reading, we ought not to disparage it.

  2. But, Pond, what if APPLE agreed with me on the need for file downloading and some file management and other exotic capabilities?

    No abstractions here. If the rumors are true, then it would seem that as a matter of course, Apple will be including helpful features—whether or not it has e-books in mind. I just find it frustrating that the features weren’t in the iPhone to begin with.

    As for nuclear physics, isn’t that a lot farther from the thrust of this blog than e-books are from a commonly used consumer device? Even some music players can read ASCII these days. As I see it, the big issue here is, “What are people toting around? And what functions can be consolidated?”

    Big thanks for your thoughts, and as for your question, I’d worry if people didn’t ask it ๐Ÿ˜‰ At the same time I appreciate your civility. OK, now to get on with the inclusion of suitable articles on nuclear physics. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    David the Hardly Infallible

  3. David, I suggest Leptonica as a good source of physics articles, surprisingly enough.

    By the way, let me take this chance to point out that the iPhone is only “crippled” as an ebook device if you are still clinging to the old failed outmoded last-century model of ebooks as packets of bits in some mystical e-Babel format which you download and read offline assisted by some draconian DRM scheme. If, on the other hand, you shake off the blinkers of past experience, and move into the current model of ebooks as Web pages — then an ebook device with a top-notch Web browser and both cell-phone and WiFi connectivity radios starts to look like a pretty good design. Just my opinion, of course.

  4. If the “ebooks as Web pages” model requires an active net connection simply to read, then that’s a flaw. If you can safely cache/save/download the site/book to read when there’s no connectivity, then it’s okay. Requiring an active connection to simply read is worse than DRM silliness, since the latter is usually infrequent, just registering a device and maybe entering a password per book. Once that’s done, you can read that book on that device indefinitely. If you have to pay for an active connection every minute you’re reading, that’s far more burdensome.

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