It lives up to every bit of hype

Amazing device. Amazing line. Steve Jobs showed up, unfortunately that was after we had left the store but we saw him arrive and walk into the store (he walked to the store from his home).

Also joining us in line was Andy Hertzfeld in addition to Bill Atkinson, who I talked about earlier. Both members of the official Mac team. Inventor of the Wiki, Ward Cunningham, showed up earlier in the day. Kara Swisher, one of the most powerful tech journalists (she works for Wall Street Journal and, along with Walt Mossberg, produce the “D” conference which is the one where both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates shared the stage a while back.

Patrick is so happy he doesn’t know what to do. We are absolutely drained. Got a shower, but am off to bed.

Being the first customer into the store was an experience I’ll never forget. They had something like 50 employees all hanging around the store. All cheering wildly. It was surreal. I should have brought a video camera in, but it was a moment I’ll never forget. Over the top.

It was worth every minute of waiting in line.

OK, I’ll be honest, we’ve barely turned it on. But when you open your box you’ll realize that Apple has changed the way we all will look at mobile phones forever. Even if you don’t buy one you’ll see other companies react to this.

When people say it lives up to the hype they are right. Amazing device. Amazing store experience.

If you wonder why Apple gets hype you need to come and wait in line with us and see just what’s up.

The adrenaline has to subside a bit before I really take on doing a halfway decent review.

More after we get some sleep, too.

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Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. Best place to watch me is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Comments

  1. Robert – Thanks so much for sharing the entire experience. It was a blast watching along the way! I appreciate the live stream you had up and really enjoyed watching.

  2. Robert – Thanks so much for sharing the entire experience. It was a blast watching along the way! I appreciate the live stream you had up and really enjoyed watching.

  3. any troubles with activation? Apparently some people are reporting problems (I’m assuming that when I get mine since I think I can just transfer the sim card this shouldn’t be too hard, but it does give me pause).

    congrats on the media and great line entertainment (tuned in for some of it).

    Shannon

  4. any troubles with activation? Apparently some people are reporting problems (I’m assuming that when I get mine since I think I can just transfer the sim card this shouldn’t be too hard, but it does give me pause).

    congrats on the media and great line entertainment (tuned in for some of it).

    Shannon

  5. “But when you open your box you’ll realize that Apple has changed the way we all will look at mobile phones forever.”
    I hope so. Like I said earlier the mobile industry needs a good swift kick in the pants to get things jumpstarted and moving forward at a brisker speed with an eye towards convergance and delivering a quality experience.

  6. “But when you open your box you’ll realize that Apple has changed the way we all will look at mobile phones forever.”
    I hope so. Like I said earlier the mobile industry needs a good swift kick in the pants to get things jumpstarted and moving forward at a brisker speed with an eye towards convergance and delivering a quality experience.

  7. Apple is the Microsoft Microsoft could never be. I don’t think that there is any company out there in the market, either in the desktop and laptops market or the music player market or even the mobile phones market,that can stand up to Apple. Once Apple spreads it’s wings and begins to globalize particularly in Asia, I think it’s going to be Life in 21st Century 2.0

  8. Apple is the Microsoft Microsoft could never be. I don’t think that there is any company out there in the market, either in the desktop and laptops market or the music player market or even the mobile phones market,that can stand up to Apple. Once Apple spreads it’s wings and begins to globalize particularly in Asia, I think it’s going to be Life in 21st Century 2.0

  9. You ain’t kidding. This thing is rocking so hard. I have never been so excited about a device in my life. Congrats to you and your son on being first in the door!

  10. You ain’t kidding. This thing is rocking so hard. I have never been so excited about a device in my life. Congrats to you and your son on being first in the door!

  11. Its amazing to see Apple able to get the store staff across the country to do this so well. A brilliant crescendo and flawlessly executed climax to a product launch. Only a Steve Jobs could orchestrate such a masterpiece.

    Looking forward to hearing your take on the iPhone, 30 days from now. Also, how long it can survive daily iPod/phone usage before a gravity induced incident occurs, and how the product will fair after a sudden change in acceleration.

  12. Its amazing to see Apple able to get the store staff across the country to do this so well. A brilliant crescendo and flawlessly executed climax to a product launch. Only a Steve Jobs could orchestrate such a masterpiece.

    Looking forward to hearing your take on the iPhone, 30 days from now. Also, how long it can survive daily iPod/phone usage before a gravity induced incident occurs, and how the product will fair after a sudden change in acceleration.

  13. I hope it lives up to the hype. There is so much hype everywhere. I can’t hit a favorite web entity without seeing iphone. What incredible marketing, and I wonder if it’s only us techies that are gaga or if it is non-techies too.

    With news that Europe may have multiple carriers, I wonder how easy it will be to take one of those Europe iphones and use on the US side of the pond for us who want something other than AT&T.

    Thanks for the update.

  14. I hope it lives up to the hype. There is so much hype everywhere. I can’t hit a favorite web entity without seeing iphone. What incredible marketing, and I wonder if it’s only us techies that are gaga or if it is non-techies too.

    With news that Europe may have multiple carriers, I wonder how easy it will be to take one of those Europe iphones and use on the US side of the pond for us who want something other than AT&T.

    Thanks for the update.

  15. “Being the first customer into the store was an experience I’ll never forget” “It was surreal.”

    You’re kidding, right? An experience you’ll never forget? Surreal? Seriously? Do you know the definition of the word? Please tell me you’re kidding. If walking into a store to buy a cell phone conjured up “fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.” then sleep deprivation got the best of you. Otherwise, seek psychological help immediately!

  16. “Being the first customer into the store was an experience I’ll never forget” “It was surreal.”

    You’re kidding, right? An experience you’ll never forget? Surreal? Seriously? Do you know the definition of the word? Please tell me you’re kidding. If walking into a store to buy a cell phone conjured up “fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.” then sleep deprivation got the best of you. Otherwise, seek psychological help immediately!

  17. iPhone is locked at SIM Level too

    I got my iPhone today. So I tried different stuff. First, I could’nt use my phone number that belonged to a business account. It asked me to contact customer care and they had no clue on what the error is and I wasted about 30 mins on that. When …

  18. LayZ, I don’t know why you bother with your consistent snarks.

    I love the passion Robert displays. I think the hype is a form of patriotism, really. Maybe not for the country, per se, but at least for our culture.

    I don’t have an iPod, because I’m not all that into music, but I’m looking forward to getting an iPhone.

  19. LayZ, I don’t know why you bother with your consistent snarks.

    I love the passion Robert displays. I think the hype is a form of patriotism, really. Maybe not for the country, per se, but at least for our culture.

    I don’t have an iPod, because I’m not all that into music, but I’m looking forward to getting an iPhone.

  20. I don’t care how nifty the UI is. I could never buy a product from a company that treats it’s customers like shit… non-replaceable battery, non-expandable memory, locked to carrier… and for $600 it has a crappy camera and doesn’t even shoot video. I’ll take my $75 after rebate Blackjack over this Crapple product any day.

  21. I don’t care how nifty the UI is. I could never buy a product from a company that treats it’s customers like shit… non-replaceable battery, non-expandable memory, locked to carrier… and for $600 it has a crappy camera and doesn’t even shoot video. I’ll take my $75 after rebate Blackjack over this Crapple product any day.

  22. “You’re kidding, right? An experience you’ll never forget? Surreal? Seriously? Do you know the definition of the word? Please tell me you’re kidding. If walking into a store to buy a cell phone conjured up “fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.” then sleep deprivation got the best of you. Otherwise, seek psychological help immediately!”

    Well he got to see Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson and Ward Cunningham. That would be a surreal, once in a lifetime experience for me too.

  23. “You’re kidding, right? An experience you’ll never forget? Surreal? Seriously? Do you know the definition of the word? Please tell me you’re kidding. If walking into a store to buy a cell phone conjured up “fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.” then sleep deprivation got the best of you. Otherwise, seek psychological help immediately!”

    Well he got to see Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson and Ward Cunningham. That would be a surreal, once in a lifetime experience for me too.

  24. > OK, I’ll be honest, we’ve barely turned it on.

    And it lives up to the hype ? Short of a strange conclusion wouldnt you agree ?

  25. > OK, I’ll be honest, we’ve barely turned it on.

    And it lives up to the hype ? Short of a strange conclusion wouldnt you agree ?

  26. Wow. That was fun reading all the haters here. Even though I was having my minions get me an extra iPhone in SF, it was fun seeing you all having a blast in the line in Palo Alto.

    I think those of you who have been following Scoble’s twitters know that he’s done a little more than “barely turned it on” which will be a lot more balanced in a later post.

    This one is about the event. It was vintage Apple—only more so. I kept having flashbacks to the day that same store opened. In SF, I was told by friends, just before the opening all the employees ran out and psyched up the crowd.

    Yeah, it’s crazy sh*t, but sometimes you just have to let yourself be swept up in the event. Being connected to my sister-in-law in D.C. via vell phone and Zooomr’s uStream, my friends in SF via the blogs, and listen to New Yorkers call their friends in Palo Alto on their new iPhones hours before Apple Store reopened… And oh yes, his Jobness whisked into the store with such lightning speed that I barely caught a glimpse of his bald pate and black shirt (Thank God, he’s tall.)

    The line in PA had greatly subsided by the time I drove home and in SF you could pick up an 8GB still around 10:30ish. But it’s not about that, is it?

  27. Wow. That was fun reading all the haters here. Even though I was having my minions get me an extra iPhone in SF, it was fun seeing you all having a blast in the line in Palo Alto.

    I think those of you who have been following Scoble’s twitters know that he’s done a little more than “barely turned it on” which will be a lot more balanced in a later post.

    This one is about the event. It was vintage Apple—only more so. I kept having flashbacks to the day that same store opened. In SF, I was told by friends, just before the opening all the employees ran out and psyched up the crowd.

    Yeah, it’s crazy sh*t, but sometimes you just have to let yourself be swept up in the event. Being connected to my sister-in-law in D.C. via vell phone and Zooomr’s uStream, my friends in SF via the blogs, and listen to New Yorkers call their friends in Palo Alto on their new iPhones hours before Apple Store reopened… And oh yes, his Jobness whisked into the store with such lightning speed that I barely caught a glimpse of his bald pate and black shirt (Thank God, he’s tall.)

    The line in PA had greatly subsided by the time I drove home and in SF you could pick up an 8GB still around 10:30ish. But it’s not about that, is it?

  28. […] It lives up to every bit of hype Interesting quote: OK, I’ll be honest, we’ve barely turned it on. But when you open your box you’ll realize that Apple has changed the way we all will look at mobile phones forever. Even if you don’t buy one you’ll see other companies react to this. […]

  29. It will be interesting to see launches in non-US localities. The Australian mobile market model is considerably different to the US, especially when it comes to data pricing.

    As an example, here’s how I pay for my mobile connectivity each month:

    – Voice/SMS – Vodafone MyBusiness Cap = AU$79/month, plus
    – Data – Data 300″ = AU$49/month

    So, a total of AU$130/month, provided I don’t exceed 300Mb of data, after which I pay AU$0.30/Mb. I never exceed my cap on calls/SMS.

  30. It will be interesting to see launches in non-US localities. The Australian mobile market model is considerably different to the US, especially when it comes to data pricing.

    As an example, here’s how I pay for my mobile connectivity each month:

    – Voice/SMS – Vodafone MyBusiness Cap = AU$79/month, plus
    – Data – Data 300″ = AU$49/month

    So, a total of AU$130/month, provided I don’t exceed 300Mb of data, after which I pay AU$0.30/Mb. I never exceed my cap on calls/SMS.

  31. […] First impressions on the iPhone from Scoble: “Apple has changed the way we all will look at mobile phones forever. … When people say it lives up to the hype they are right. Amazing device.” My guess is Dvorak is sitting at home, in the dark, rolling a couple of ball bearings around in this hand, silently fuming.              Related Posts […]

  32. Thanks for sharing your experience. I followed some of it from here (Germany). Lives up to its hype – c’mon Robert – since when has Apple (or Microsoft or any other) sold a product that lives up to the hype before lauch? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your sleep.

  33. Thanks for sharing your experience. I followed some of it from here (Germany). Lives up to its hype – c’mon Robert – since when has Apple (or Microsoft or any other) sold a product that lives up to the hype before lauch? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your sleep.

  34. Apple is the Microsoft Microsoft could never be. I don’t think that there is any company out there in the market, either in the desktop and laptops market or the music player market or even the mobile phones market,that can stand up to Apple. Once Apple spreads it’s wings and begins to globalize particularly in Asia, I think it’s going to be Life in 21st Century 2.0

    Comment by sisirkoppaka — June 29, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    What ever your smoking, I wan’t some.

  35. Apple is the Microsoft Microsoft could never be. I don’t think that there is any company out there in the market, either in the desktop and laptops market or the music player market or even the mobile phones market,that can stand up to Apple. Once Apple spreads it’s wings and begins to globalize particularly in Asia, I think it’s going to be Life in 21st Century 2.0

    Comment by sisirkoppaka — June 29, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    What ever your smoking, I wan’t some.

  36. Hmmmm… What do you think about the internet connection when not connected to a WiFi network? The main reason I haven’t bought one yet is that I’ve heard about just how slow the EDGE network is.

    Anyway, congrats!

  37. Hmmmm… What do you think about the internet connection when not connected to a WiFi network? The main reason I haven’t bought one yet is that I’ve heard about just how slow the EDGE network is.

    Anyway, congrats!

  38. “OK, I’ll be honest, we’ve barely turned it on. But when you open your box you’ll realize that Apple has changed the way we all will look at mobile phones forever.”

    This statement is why you would make an awful programmer.
    I think I heard the same thing when somebody opened up a box containing a LG Prada …LAST YEAR
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_PRADA_(KE850)

  39. “OK, I’ll be honest, we’ve barely turned it on. But when you open your box you’ll realize that Apple has changed the way we all will look at mobile phones forever.”

    This statement is why you would make an awful programmer.
    I think I heard the same thing when somebody opened up a box containing a LG Prada …LAST YEAR
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_PRADA_(KE850)

  40. This quote Robert posted from PhilMusic is the money shot for me: “I know there’s things the N95 does better. The camera is much better. GPS, etc. It doesn’t matter. Normal stuff is so much better.”

    This is something A LOT of companies just don’t seem to get. There are all sorts of things Apple products don’t do, but they get the basic things spectacularly well. A friend of mine at MSFT just got a MacBook for his daughter. He’s never used a Mac before in his life. The experience he had opening the box and getting it running shocked him — how easy, how thoughtful it was. How it just worked.

    This is the kind of thing they focus on. Also, with the iPod, they’ve been smart enough to let the demands of the rest of us go to the accessory makers. And they’ve profited from it. It’s their hardware API, frankly, that damn little port. And they’ll no doubt make a fortune for these folks with the iPhone.

    Steven Johnson also mentioned how easy it was to multi-task on the device. Be listening to music, surfing the web in the back of a cab, and easily take a call when it came in and get back to the music/websurfing afterwards. Simple, clean. This is the type of crap you’re going to do day-to-day. That most folks will do day-to-day.

    Sure, the phone may cost a ton at this point, but the first iPod was an expensive brick. Hell, I can’t bear to look at the iPod Mini now, it’s so enormous and clunky compared to my Nano. But damned if Apple won’t refine this sucker, make it a bit cheaper (or not), and cause it to be more compelling than whatever else is out there.

    If it’s one thing Jobs does really well is that, despite the detractors out there, he moves forward and CHANGES THE GAME. He proves it can be done, and it can make money. And the market follows.

    I’m a huge fan of this company. Why? Because they get user-centered design and development. They get simplicity. They’re the first computer company that knows how to make a stuff for actual human beings. And that’s something wicked hard to do. Basic human beings want simple. They want a toaster that makes toast.

    Nintendo got this with the Wii (and the GameBoy back in the day). And folks scratch their head and wonder why they’re making so much money…

    Hahahaha.

  41. This quote Robert posted from PhilMusic is the money shot for me: “I know there’s things the N95 does better. The camera is much better. GPS, etc. It doesn’t matter. Normal stuff is so much better.”

    This is something A LOT of companies just don’t seem to get. There are all sorts of things Apple products don’t do, but they get the basic things spectacularly well. A friend of mine at MSFT just got a MacBook for his daughter. He’s never used a Mac before in his life. The experience he had opening the box and getting it running shocked him — how easy, how thoughtful it was. How it just worked.

    This is the kind of thing they focus on. Also, with the iPod, they’ve been smart enough to let the demands of the rest of us go to the accessory makers. And they’ve profited from it. It’s their hardware API, frankly, that damn little port. And they’ll no doubt make a fortune for these folks with the iPhone.

    Steven Johnson also mentioned how easy it was to multi-task on the device. Be listening to music, surfing the web in the back of a cab, and easily take a call when it came in and get back to the music/websurfing afterwards. Simple, clean. This is the type of crap you’re going to do day-to-day. That most folks will do day-to-day.

    Sure, the phone may cost a ton at this point, but the first iPod was an expensive brick. Hell, I can’t bear to look at the iPod Mini now, it’s so enormous and clunky compared to my Nano. But damned if Apple won’t refine this sucker, make it a bit cheaper (or not), and cause it to be more compelling than whatever else is out there.

    If it’s one thing Jobs does really well is that, despite the detractors out there, he moves forward and CHANGES THE GAME. He proves it can be done, and it can make money. And the market follows.

    I’m a huge fan of this company. Why? Because they get user-centered design and development. They get simplicity. They’re the first computer company that knows how to make a stuff for actual human beings. And that’s something wicked hard to do. Basic human beings want simple. They want a toaster that makes toast.

    Nintendo got this with the Wii (and the GameBoy back in the day). And folks scratch their head and wonder why they’re making so much money…

    Hahahaha.

  42. The iPhone Experience?

    Every blogger covering the iPhone hype, after now following in line to be the first to own one, is sharing their experience with the purchase and the device.  They describe it as a once in a lifetime event, an experience that is shared by few.   OK,…

  43. Here’s a question for the TV-advertising-is-dead crowd: Did Apple waste the fortune they spent on TV? Beginning with the tease at the Academy Awards broadcast through the suite of mini product demos that ran everywhere in June, I’d estimate that, by far, the biggest chunk of the iPod marketing budget went into buying television time. (I have the impression that there was at least one iPhone spot on every single TV show I watched in the past three weeks.) Money pissed away? Or did it add to making 6:00 PM, June 29, 2007 a coast-to-coast event?

  44. Here’s a question for the TV-advertising-is-dead crowd: Did Apple waste the fortune they spent on TV? Beginning with the tease at the Academy Awards broadcast through the suite of mini product demos that ran everywhere in June, I’d estimate that, by far, the biggest chunk of the iPod marketing budget went into buying television time. (I have the impression that there was at least one iPhone spot on every single TV show I watched in the past three weeks.) Money pissed away? Or did it add to making 6:00 PM, June 29, 2007 a coast-to-coast event?

  45. Thanks Robert. It was fun to be a part of the experience. For those of us that were unable to get in line yesterday and have to wait, you helped us experience the fun.

  46. Thanks Robert. It was fun to be a part of the experience. For those of us that were unable to get in line yesterday and have to wait, you helped us experience the fun.

  47. One of the pics posted on Palo Alto Online of Robert and his son did show a lovely camera on a tripod — looked like the one he uses for Podshow. That said, wasn’t there an issue of battery power or something?

  48. One of the pics posted on Palo Alto Online of Robert and his son did show a lovely camera on a tripod — looked like the one he uses for Podshow. That said, wasn’t there an issue of battery power or something?

  49. Woke up and had an email that my transfer from Sprint was done and the phone was activated. The UI is so good that I started laughing. All of the skeptics are gonna have a hard time. Apple delivers a huge leap forward that will benefit every mobile user. Design = Innovation + Technology + Aesthetics and boy did Apple deliver.

    Played a video of my daughter on the phone. Read about Barry Bonds 250th homer on espn.com. Checked the news on Yahoo and Drudge. Watched the skateboarding dog on YouTube. Zoomed up. Zoomed down. Adjusted my settings. Read eMail. I am going to stop receiving my Yahoo mail on my computer. eMail on this device will work much better.

    Did I say the UI was so good I started laughing!!!

  50. Woke up and had an email that my transfer from Sprint was done and the phone was activated. The UI is so good that I started laughing. All of the skeptics are gonna have a hard time. Apple delivers a huge leap forward that will benefit every mobile user. Design = Innovation + Technology + Aesthetics and boy did Apple deliver.

    Played a video of my daughter on the phone. Read about Barry Bonds 250th homer on espn.com. Checked the news on Yahoo and Drudge. Watched the skateboarding dog on YouTube. Zoomed up. Zoomed down. Adjusted my settings. Read eMail. I am going to stop receiving my Yahoo mail on my computer. eMail on this device will work much better.

    Did I say the UI was so good I started laughing!!!

  51. “(I have the impression that there was at least one iPhone spot on every single TV show I watched in the past three weeks.) Money pissed away?”

    If it was really a waste, why is Google doing this?
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/annc/tv_ads_trial.html

    I saw the ads as well in Canada, which is really ironic seeing how Apple is not going to sell it here for at least a year. I think THOSE ads were a total waste. Why not advertise the iPhone in Antarctica at 5k per spot while you’re at it.

  52. “(I have the impression that there was at least one iPhone spot on every single TV show I watched in the past three weeks.) Money pissed away?”

    If it was really a waste, why is Google doing this?
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/annc/tv_ads_trial.html

    I saw the ads as well in Canada, which is really ironic seeing how Apple is not going to sell it here for at least a year. I think THOSE ads were a total waste. Why not advertise the iPhone in Antarctica at 5k per spot while you’re at it.

  53. Oh to be in Palo Alto, now the iPhone’s there.

    I have to agree with Mike Jones (#19) that being able to meet Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson and Ward Cunningham – and just miss Steve Jobs walking in from home – is something more than normal to share with your son, even before the cheering started.

    That’s some history represented, not least the visit of Jobs and Atkinson to Xerox PARC just down the road in December 1999, when graphics user interfaces and a whole lot else first escaped from ‘captivity’. The next year a large package from PARC arrived at the Tektronix reasearch lab in Oregon and was opened by a curious Ward Cunningham. That did for Ward and Kent Beck, as they discovered objects, GUIs, incremental compilation, pair programming and much else through the Smalltalk system seen by Jobs and Atkinson – which historic package was also sent to Apple, HP and DEC, and of course refused by IBM!

    At least that’s from memory. The iPhone does seem to carry forward some of the vision of those heady days, of a kinder, simpler computing world. But I suggest (as would many of the original Smalltalk team, not least Dan Ingalls at Sun) that there’s a little bit of work still to be done on the software foundations.

    Thanks to the coast-to-coast blogging and webcasting, it was possible to feel much of the excitement here in London, even if it meant something of a late night. I concur with Dawn Douglass that some of the excitement must have to do with patriotism, or at least celebrating culture one is proud of. That resonates with me. Here’s hoping it won’t be long until we can share some of that new culture, in high-speed 3G form.

  54. Oh to be in Palo Alto, now the iPhone’s there.

    I have to agree with Mike Jones (#19) that being able to meet Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson and Ward Cunningham – and just miss Steve Jobs walking in from home – is something more than normal to share with your son, even before the cheering started.

    That’s some history represented, not least the visit of Jobs and Atkinson to Xerox PARC just down the road in December 1999, when graphics user interfaces and a whole lot else first escaped from ‘captivity’. The next year a large package from PARC arrived at the Tektronix reasearch lab in Oregon and was opened by a curious Ward Cunningham. That did for Ward and Kent Beck, as they discovered objects, GUIs, incremental compilation, pair programming and much else through the Smalltalk system seen by Jobs and Atkinson – which historic package was also sent to Apple, HP and DEC, and of course refused by IBM!

    At least that’s from memory. The iPhone does seem to carry forward some of the vision of those heady days, of a kinder, simpler computing world. But I suggest (as would many of the original Smalltalk team, not least Dan Ingalls at Sun) that there’s a little bit of work still to be done on the software foundations.

    Thanks to the coast-to-coast blogging and webcasting, it was possible to feel much of the excitement here in London, even if it meant something of a late night. I concur with Dawn Douglass that some of the excitement must have to do with patriotism, or at least celebrating culture one is proud of. That resonates with me. Here’s hoping it won’t be long until we can share some of that new culture, in high-speed 3G form.

  55. @29 “our whole web world watched along scoble. this was web 2.0’s moon landing :)

    another person out of touch with reality. Maybe you and Scoble can get a group discount on therapy.

  56. @29 “our whole web world watched along scoble. this was web 2.0’s moon landing :)

    another person out of touch with reality. Maybe you and Scoble can get a group discount on therapy.

  57. […] Robert Scoble posted like fifteen times about the iPhone, as did half the blogs in the reader today. The better post was… It lives up to every bit of hype […]

  58. I don’t understand what you just said so I just wanted to let you know.

    (Thats probably why you only have 57 comments)

  59. I don’t understand what you just said so I just wanted to let you know.

    (Thats probably why you only have 57 comments)