I’m impressed with your recent introduction of the iPhone. Congratulations on keeping it (almost) secret for so long. Instead of sleeping I’ve watched your keynote the same night and played with all those nice animations on the iPhone pages. My current Sony Ericsson phone now feels like my granny’s landline phone.
Nevertheless there are some areas where I’d love to see improvements made over the next several months until the iPhone is available (late 2007 in Europe/Germany):
Rethink decision of closing down the iPhone: This one is important to people like me who work in IT or consider themselves power-users. Think about how cool it would be for the likes of me having SSH and VNC clients on the phone. I want or even need to carry a few programs and custom widgets around.
- Safari on the iPhone: Does the mobile Safari edition support PDFs? If not: add an PDF/eBook reader. This is very important for documentation and the likes or to kill commuting-time in the morning. Also don’t forget to add RSS capability with image caching (while connected to your home’s WLAN).
- SMS and iChat: Further improve the iPhone by adding an iChat (AIM/ICQ) application to the phone (maybe add video chat and voice while connected via WLAN?) and integrate SMS into iChat (on both sides: Mac and iPhone). Send short messages via the internet when connected to make it cheaper or negotiate a fixed price model for SMS sending with your partnered carrier. Your current implementation turns SMS into chat.
- 3G & pricing: This one is a no-brainer. The iPhone needs UMTS (from the begining) to become a hit in Europe. UMTS is everywhere in the ads and has a lot of potential combined with a decent mobile internet device. Though there needs to be an appealing price model to succeed. (Fixed price model again. Hint!) I won’t pay several Euros to see Rome or even 1 Infinite Loop from above while on the train!
- Add gaming! The built-in accelerometer and high-res screen combined with multi-touch are perfect for new concepts and high quality games. Just think about the possibilities!
Landscape mode: Please make the landscape mode work in both directions. I’m left handed and want to stay this way. It’s different ;-)
- GPS: Integrate a GPS receiver into the next-gen Nike + iPod sports kit to plot one’s run through Google maps on the iPhone. Then send the zoomable map to your blog.
It took 2 seconds of my time and no money to come up with the last idea. Think about what Apple can still do to improve the iPhone prior to its launch having that many smart brains sitting in 1 Infinite Loop.
Thanks for your time, Steve!
potentialfuture iPhone customer
(Photo courtesy of Apple)