Apple’s Rumored iPhone Could Disrupt Mobile Service Model

I just read a very interesting post at RoughlyDrafted.com titled “Apple’s iPhone: Disrupting Mobile Service“(tb) that describes how Apple could shake up the mobile phone industry with their rumored iPhone (or whatever they end up calling it).

The mobile phone market is very fragmented with mobile phone service providers dictating what technology gets implemented in mobile phones. I agree with Daniel that Apple is in a good position to shake things up. The mobile phone service providers will not do anything that will jeopardize their model of charging customers per minute or per MB, and they will certainly not make it easy for customers to switch over to Wi-Fi and the use of VOIP over it. Apple can shake things up by creating a platform and user experience that is seamless between the phone, the Mac/PC, and any other devices that are used to view information and content.

Also, I believe the killer feature on the iPhone would be an embedded version of the Safari web browser. Why? Look at what is driving Web 2.0 on the desktop; AJAX-enabled web browsers, accessible high-speed Internet, and what follows is the flurry of amazing web applications that allow users to replace their desktop applications with online versions. Give web developers the canvas and paint, and they will create their masterpieces for the mobile web 2.0.

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Mac OS X Leopard Server and Ruby On Rails

According to the Apple Developer Connection Overview website, “Leopard Server features a built-in installation of the powerful and productive Ruby on Rails web application framework. Ruby on Rails is a full stack framework optimized for sustainable productivity. Leopard Server will ship with Mongrel for simplified development and deployment of web-based applications.” This is really good news for those looking to get Ruby On Rails in the mainstream of web development.

The Mobile Web 2.0

Check out this new blog about The Mobile Web 2.0. It’s coming sooner than we think!

While we’re on the topic of mobile web, Skype announced today that they will no longer offer free SkypeOut calls to US/Canada. They will charge a flat fee yearly fee of $14.95 before January 31-2007, and $29.95 after that. Still pretty reasonable, if you ask me. Combine that with Soonr, and you can have a mobile phone that uses SkypeOut to make long distance calls. More news from Skype is that they just released a Windows Mobile smartphone version of their Skype Mobile. I should have a review on this shortly.