Completely out of character for me, I stood in line 2 1/2 hours yesterday at the Palo Alto Apple Store in order to get the new iPhone 3G. I originally went to the store at the Westfield at Valley Fair here in San Jose. Long line, of course, so I decided to take a drive to the PA store for shits & giggles. Long line there as well, outside even, but the people standing in it were of a completely different caliber. In essence, I got sucked into shooting the shit with cool and diverse strangers for a couple of hours and it turned out to be pleasant and fun.
Yep, love the new phone. I had 3G before, so that was a tradeoff in going to the iPhone originally. Now, all is right with the Universe. The new OS, 2.0 (which works on the original iPhone as well) is a great enhancement. It’s turned it into a mobile computing device of important proportions. Check out the applications already available. There are hundreds, many free. There will be thousands. I sat at breakfast this morning browsing a bunch of them. Lots and lots of interesting stuff. One I find intriguing is Loopt. It’s free, you download right on the phone. Once you set it up, it can source off the buit-in GPS, upload to the server, and family and friends that you’ve given permission to can see exactly where you are (and you them). That might be real cool in an urban environment, as you notice or get an alert when a friend or family member is nearby and you can run an intercept on foot or via other transportation.
Naturally, you can “go private” any time you like.