Sunday, March 09, 2008

Remember, Remember March 6: when the world fundamentally changed

You wouldn't think the world fundamentally changed. But last Thursday, it did. Much the same way in 1984 when Apple introduced the Macintosh and the mouse, similar to the birth of Windows 3.0 in the early 1990s, and the iPod, it was done with little fanfare, so quiet neither the plebs plebis nor the technology elite have completely digested its significance. 
Not yet anyway.

Personally, I haven't fully wrapped my mind around this whole iPhone Software Development Kit. Not completely. As I've written in "Apple goes after Blackberry's lunch", This changes the game across so much of the technology industry.  When the dust settles, we'd need a rewrite of the map. This opens the door you see to make iPhone the next platform that 5 years from now, most people will not only be wanting but getting.

de facto standard. the benchmark. the one device to rule them all. It is the device that like the lightsaber is an extension of the Jedi, iPhone is the extension of the personal you, much more than the cellphone is or the PC is today.

iPhone is poised to be the Personal Computer. iPhone is going to do for our early 21st Century, what the PC did for the world during the last two decades of the 20th.

"Awesome," isn't enough to describe how this is changing the world and the only thing that could ruin it is if Apple drops the ball.

iPhone is no longer just a phone--- or an iPod, it is more than that. It is the platform! This opening to develop applications for the iPhone platform is that game changing. It is that revolutionary. It is that paradigm shifting. It is a seismic shift the kind that transforms industries and the way we live, work, interact and be creative.