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iPhone Love and Hate

October 2008 • Daniel Lucraft

Well, I’ve had an iPhone for two and a half months now, and it’s the most superior phone I’ve ever owned. The interface is love and the Apps rule.

But there are some surprising things that it doesn’t do that well, mainly the iPod stuff, where it’s as though Apple took an extraordinarily useful device and lobotomized it. In every case, it’s not something that’s missing, but something that Apple have deliberately crippled.

For example, if i can navigate to an mp3 file on the web, why can’t i download it? It’s the most obvious feature in the world and I can only imagine that NOT including it was a deliberate decision.

Second, why can’t I access the iPhone’ storage on Linux? I’m not precious about Linux - I understand how irrelevant we are on the desktop - so I wouldn’t ask that Apple spend any time or money on us. But I believe that Apple must have spent time and money on preventing the phone being mounted on Linux. If so, why?

In theory, I could work around this: I can fire up windows in VMware and go into iTunes and that would be ok. But even then I’m thwarted, because Apple have designed the phone so it can’t be connected to more than one iTunes at once. Seriously, WTF?

This is the 21st century equivalent of buying a mobile phone and tethering it to the wall. Or buying your employees laptops and bolting them to their desks. Hey, did you hear the one where Apple made a mobile music device that you could only use at home?

I don’t want to belabour these points. It’s the best phone I’ve ever owned by miles. It’s just a shame it’s such a useless music player, considering how good it could have been.

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