This brings up one of the silliest objections: that somehow, not having a removable battery will make the iPhone "impossible" to hard reset. Okay, um, no. No, it only means you won't do it by removing the battery and pushing a button. Again, we don't know how this will be accomplished, so maybe it's a little premature to say that it wont be an impossibility. But the battery thing is a non-issue. If I can get proper life out of it, I don't need to replace it. Design the battery and your power management circuitry correctly, and the removable battery is much less of an issue.
The single-carrier thing is again, neither surprising nor an issue. The Razr was a Cingular-only toy for quite a while, and if you were an early adopter, it wasn't cheap. My PPC-6600 Windows Mobile phone from Sprint cost me as much as an iPhone, and that was with a two-year contract and a rebate. So neither the price nor the carrier is unusual.
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As far as Cingular goes, well, Apple already had a relationship with them, and there's only two GSM carriers of any size in the US: Cingular and T-Mobile. Cingular's coverage isn't perfect, but it's much bigger than T-Mobile's. So for the first couple years, in the US, it's a Cingular exclusive. Considering that Cingular has had to make changes on their end, for things like the iPhone's voicemail setup, I'm not surprised. If Cingular is going to make changes, (and folks, telcos making changes is really rare. Telcos never make changes), then they want something in return besides another handset.
Do I Want One?
As far as Ballmer laughing at it...well, he still laughs at the iPod, and his best response to that to date has been the Zune, and being Universal's puppet. Let's just say that his ability to judge the future is not real impressive from my POV.
The big question for me is, will I be getting one? Probably not. I like Sprint, they treat me well. Should that change to where I'm willing to change carriers, then yes, the iPhone would be quite interesting to me. But for now, I like where I'm at, and I'm kind of lazy.
I'll give the Apple TV and the new 802.11n the same coverage in comparison to the iPhone as everyone else, that is not much. However, I do find it interesting that the new Airport Extreme has the ability to act like a Network Attached Storage device. So you now have an Airport Extreme NAS, movie downloads, and a central point to stream those movies to and from your computer. Seems to be a decent decision to me. It also means that all those EyeTV users have a place to store shows and movies that isn't the hard drive of the Mini they're using it with.
I'd love to have more information on the access controls for the attached disk storage, but still, an 802.11n NAS that's easy to set up? Oh heck yeah I'm thinking about getting one.
The truth is, we don't know what we don't know about the iPhone yet, and when you think about how Jobs likes to do things, that's probably deliberate, as it gives him great flexibility in future announcements. So stay tuned, it's just getting interesting.