Why You Deeply Want an iPhone - NOW
Possibly because Steve Jobs said they are cool, but ultimately because we are all pretty much bored with computers. The whole keyboard and mouse thing is just about over. Maybe another 5 years, then it'll be keyboard and Multi-Touch. There will be some mice and some tablets/styli, but the majority of us will be lovingly caressing the non-scratch screens of our computers with our greasy hands.
Speaking of greasy hands, I stopped by the local AT&T store to check out an iPhone. To be clear, I didn't camp out or hire a college kid to stand in line. I mean, seriously, who does that? (Apparently all my friends.)
No, I just swung by at 10am yesterday. It went like this.
Me: "Hey, how's it going"
AT&T Dude: "How can I help you."
Me: "You're probably all out of iPhones, right? I wanted to touch one."
AT&T Dude: "Sure, we've got 8gig and 4gigs."
Me: "Waaa? You're not sold out? Didn't you have campers here?"
AT&T Dude: "Yes, but they got their iPhones, and we have hundreds left."
Me: "What's this? Hundreds you say? Why'd they camp out."
AT&T Dude: "I dunno, I mean, it's cool, but you're here on the next day"
Me: "But there's no one here at AT&T. Weird. Anyway, my wife won't let me have one."
AT&T Dude: "I hear that a lot. Well, feel free to use it as long as you like."
And I did. I spent quite a bit of time with it. It's gorgeous and I must have one. Why? Whether it's Microsoft Surface or the iPhone, Multi-Touch is brilliant. I know this because I've
seen touched the promised land. And because I'm bored.