Apple iPhone hits trough of disillusionment

Ah, how sweet. As every engineer worth their salt knows, there comes a time in the product lifecycle of a high tech gadget known as the "Trough of Disillusionment", where public opinion comes crashing down on a once high and lofty cool gizmo.

See:

iPhone hits trough of disillusionment

Here's a quote:

 The rejection of Google Voice, 
 potentially a killer app for 
 smartphones, should prove that 
 Apple doesn't care about its 
 customers.

 The App Store approval process 
 seems capricious and arbitrary. 
 Spend time and money to develop 
 an application only to have it 
 denied for reasons nobody can 
 quite articulate in advance. 
Poor iPhone developers. How quickly they discover that the grass is not all that much greener over on their multitouch device side. Come back to Java ME development. There's no cabal preventing you from uploading your Java ME game or app to GetJar.com. There's no big brother telling you Thou Must NOT Sell Your Java ME Mobile App. Who needs that?

Comments:

If I worked at Sun, I would worry more about how Java is doing than how the iPhone is.

Posted by Charles Soto on August 05, 2009 at 10:11 PM PDT #

Hi Charles,

No need to worry about how Java is doing. Java ME generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for Sun last year (in a _down_ economy) and is on about 2.5 billion devices so far and still growing vs. iPhone which is on only the tens of millions of devices.

Besides, it's more important what Larry Ellison thinks about Java and here's what he's been saying:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10255721-94.html

"Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wants to see Java on a lot more devices, particularly mobile phones and Netbooks. Whether or not the combined Oracle/Sun builds such devices, Ellison expects to pour more money and research into Java's development.

'I think you'll see us get very aggressive in developing Java apps for things like telephones and Netbooks,' said Ellison"

So, don't fall for the diminishing hype around the iPhone. It's not as friendly to developers as many people think, while Java is strong.

Hinkmond

Posted by Hinkmond Wong on August 06, 2009 at 03:07 AM PDT #

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