iPhone – iWasRight!
IWasRight – The iPhone lives! It was only yesterday that Adam, Juliette and myself were discussing Apples ‘iPhone’ and the trouble Apple was in with the naming of its new mobile phone.
36 Hours on and after checking BBC News I see that Apple have launched the Iphone. So behind the scenes a deal has been made, the red faces of the Apple team can regain colour after they have been able to save the whole marketing strategy of Apple the ‘i’ saga can go on.
After seeing the announcement I went straight to Google to perform a search for ‘iPhone’. Sure enough the Google results were still displaying the details of the original iPhone.com, but lurking beyond the click was apple.com/iphone. Hijacked – I wanted to find out about the iPhone VOIP service, not another Apple product that will sell by the truck load. So you have to wonder how much did Apple pay for the domain?
The previous owner of the domain will be puffing on the finest Cuban cigar tonight as he/she celebrates this windfall, which in all fairness was always going to happen.I said as much as yesterday, there was no way that Apple was going to release a mobile phone unless it was called iPhone. I’m no mystic Meg, but in fairness any fool could have called it.
Being nosey I thought I would take a look at the cached version of iPhone.com, just so I could see the site in its glory before the sell-out has occurred. Even the cached version was stripped of graphics, style and its soul.
Personally I don’t buy into the whole Apple concept, I haven’t got an iPod, I’ve never had the slightest inclination to swap my miserable temperamental PC for an Apple Mac, and even Adam’s shiny new Apple Notebook never really tempted me too jump on the Apple bandwagon. I’m not really bothered about the iPhone, its all hype, Apple needed to counter the likes of Sony and Nokia who have serious pieces of kit for music storage.The iPod is a fantastic phenomena, it has sold by the bucket load, in fact thinking about, I must be the only person in the office who has not got one and that includes the dogs.It won’t take long for Google to get across and update it’s cache, and I would be very surprised if by the time I login tomorrow if iPhone VOIP has been erased from Google existence.
And the moral of the story – if you purchased a domain prefixed with an ‘i’, keep wishing that the boffins at Apple bring out a product where they will offer you silly amounts of cash for the domain!