Actually, as strange as it may sound, on this point I somewhat agree with you.Surf Monkey said:Good lord. Not this again? 8GB may be enough for a phone, but there's no way to draw a direct comparison between Nano sales figures and capacity requirements for other devices. People need to stop doing that because the comparison is meaningless at its core.
If the iPhone were just providing an audio player, there might be a point, but as a video player, 8GB is woefully inadequate, particularly since I expect video size to increase with this generation, since Apple has to produce a portable device that can keep up with the Apple TV (so they can provide a single set of content that will play back on both devices).
Of course, since the iPhone is primarily a phone, 8GB is more than reasonable. This alone is why we're not going to see a convergence of the two devices.
Again, people are looking at the cool and sexy interface and expecting this device itself to be the next great iPod thing, when in reality its primary function is as a phone, and Apple has chosen to provide a few iPod features with the phone aspects.
Mind you, this is another reason why the next-generation iPod has to catch up with this interface. The iPhone is not an iPod, but they're not going to leave an iPod interface that sophisticated on an 8GB phone.
This is also true. However, there is very little Apple has done in recent years even with the iPod that is particularly revolutionary from a spec sheet point of view when compared with the competition. Apple sells the iPod because of its ease of use, tight integration with an excellent desktop software solution (iTunes), and a certain "everyman" appeal.Hardly. If anything, iPhone is already behind the curve. It's primary advantage is the elegance of the interface but in terms of raw features, other phones have as much or more right now. A year from now iPhone's feature set will look even weaker.
The iPhone is going after the same sort of market, and will therefore certainly appeal to some people who are looking for a sophisticated yet easy-to-use smartphone-esque device. How much success Apple has with this strategy remains to be seen, but I do see the iPhone appealing to a certain demographic.... That being the young urban professional end user who is currently saddling themselves with a device like a Treo, but doesn't fully understand how to use it.
The reality is that the iPod fanboys who just have to have the next coolest device are in fact not Apple's target for the iPhone.