[funsec] FWD: [IP] Jobs warns of missing features in knokoff
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Thu Jul 5 18:38:25 CDT 2007
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> From: David Farber [mailto:dave at farber.net]
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> Subject: [IP] Jobs warns of missing features in knokoff iPhones
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> From: Brad Templeton <btm at templetons.com>
> Date: July 5, 2007 6:58:35 PM EDT
> To: David Farber <dave at farber.net>
> Subject: Jobs warns of missing features in knokoff iPhones
> Original at:
> Steve Jobs of Apple Computer warned today that a rumoured cheap
> iPhone knockoff making its way toward America is an inferior product
> lacks many of the important features of the iPhone. It may look a bit
> like an iPhone, but when consumers discover all the great iPhone
> that are missing from it, we think theyll still line up at Apple
> for the genuine article, said Jobs in a released statement. Designed
> software nerds, the knockoff, dubbed the myPhone by fans, has not yet
> been confirmed.
> Apple released a list of features reported to be missing from the
> * The iPhone has special software that assures you will use the
> trusted AT&T cellular network. Lacking this software, the myPhone
> accepts any SIM card from any network. Users may find themselves
> connected to a network that doesnt have the reputation for
> trust and protecting the privacy of customers that AT&T has. In
> addition, users may be stuck without 2 years of guaranteed AT&T
> * The iPhone is configured to assure you the latest iTunes
> experience. The myPhone may operate before you have installed
> the latest iTunes and registered your phone with it. Indeed, the
> myPhone lacks the protections that block it from being used
> registering it with or reporting back to anybody, depriving the
> of customer service and upsell opportunities.
> * The iPhone has special software that assures all applications
> on the iPhone have been approved by Apple, which protects the
> from viruses and tools that may make the user violate their
> agreements. The myPhone will run any application, from any
> opening up the user to all sorts of risks.
> * The iPhone protects users from dangerous Flash and Java
> which may compromise their device and confuse the user
> * myPhones dont forbid VoIP software that may cause the user to
> accidentally make calls over wireless internet connections
> of the AT&T network. Quality on the internet is unpredictable, as
> is the price, which can range down to zero, causing great pricing
> * The iPhone saves the user from receiving distracting instant
> messages over popular IM services, adding calm to your day.
> * Music and videos in the iPhone are protected by Apple FairPlay
> DRM. On the myPhone, which lacks the important DRM functionality,
> music can be freely copied to other devices the user owns,
> the user at risk of infringing copyrights.
> * The iPhone assures users will only play media files in approved
> formats, and not risky open source formats.
> * The iPhone protects the user from setting a song in their
> as a ringtone, saving those around him from annoyance and
> the user from violating music copyrights and performance rights.
> * The iPhone Bluetooth functions have careful security
> management. Users are protected from using bluetooth to exchange
> with other users (such files are risky) or accidentally printing
> or communicating with your computer. Bluetooth is only used for
> headsets and headphones as was intended. The myPhone lacks these
> important protections.
> * The iPhone only uses its internal flash drive. The user is
> against hard drives, which have moving parts and can put data at
> * The myPhone battery has a removable door over it, which can get
> lost, or allow the battery to fall out or be stolen. The iPhones
> battery is solidly protected. Users are also assured they will
> use only Apple certified batteries and not subject to the risk of
> aftermarket batteries, which may explode, killing the user.
> * The iPhone is for sale only in the USA and primarily for use
> there. This encourages users to stay home in America which is
> for the economy and their own peace of mind.
> * The iPhone, unlike the myPhone and all other cell phones, sells
> at a very solid markup for Apple, assuring Apple executives and
> stockholders will be happy, and the company will be around to
> support the iPhone for years to come. The myPhone, it is
> will be purchasable in a wide variety of stores, confusing the
> with too much choice, price wars and depriving them of the
> experience of an Apple or AT&T store.
> * As a result, the myPhone lacks the Apple brand coolness which
> built into the iPhone and every other Apple product. Nobodys
> to have to spend days in line for a myPhone, said Jobs. You wont
> have people thrusting them in your face all week to show you how
> cool they are.
> MyPhones are predicted to sell for $350 without contract, $150 with a
> 2 year contract to the provider of your choice.
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