Ever since the iPhone was first released, all of the talk has been about who’s going to win the smartphone wars. Originally, it was a 3-horse race between RIM, Android and iOS (With Windows Mobile following along somewhere in there), but now it looks more and more like RIM is out of the picture, or will be soon. That’s unfortunate, because even though I’m no longer a BlackBerry user, it’s best for everybody that RIM stays in the game.
But why? Wouldn’t it be better for Apple to crush the competition and become the No. 1 OS in the land? No, not really. The more competitive the market is, the more innovations will come out for consumption, and the better we all will be as a result. Don’t believe me? Let’s hash it out after the break.
Last week we talked about syncing your iPhone, and that got me thinking about the current iPhone syncing situation in my close family. I’m a Mac guy, and my mother is a recent convert as well, so we both sync our iPhones to our Macs. But my father and my wife both use PCs to do their syncing, and I don’t see that changing anytime in the near future.
Conventional logic says that our reading audience is going to skew primarily to the Mac side of things, but I’m curious: Do you sync your iPhone to your PC or your Mac? Place your vote here, and check back often for the results.
Today’s iOS devices are direct descendants of Apple’s original iPod line, and the iPhone is perhaps the most popular iPod ever. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are all great for playing back music and videos. The only problem is, many of us store much more audio on our Macs and PCs than could fit on a standard iPhone or iPod Touch. Then, streaming audio from Flash-powered sites won’t play back on iOS, no matter how much storage you have. Apple has tried to make a solution with their AirPort Express, but most of us don’t want to pay $99 for a new device just to stream music around your house.
But isn’t your iPhone an internet-connected smart device with a speaker? Seems like you could use it to stream audio from your PC, doesn’t it? There’s no way to do it by default, but thanks to the new WiFi2HiFi app, you can use your iPhone for yet another crazy thing: streaming audio! Paired with a set of speakers or a HiFi dock, you’ve got a full wireless speaker system with just a $0.99 app. Keep reading to see how WiFi2HiFi works and if it’s the app you need to free audio from your computer!
Poor Microsoft. After Apple jumpstarted the PDA craze with the Newton, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile became one of the most used mobile operating systems on PDAs and then smartphones for the first part of the 21st century. Fast forward to 2007, though, and Apple once again got the upper hand with iPhone. Today, iOS is much more popular than Windows Mobile, and even the new Windows Phone 7 has struggled to gain marketshare.
Since Microsoft is primarily a software company (they even makes software for Mac OS X), it’s almost surprising that they’ve never made a mobile version of their popular Microsoft Office suite for competing mobile operating systems. That has now changed, as Microsoft has finally brought OneNote to the iPhone. OneNote is Microsoft’s often-overlooked notetaking app that’s included with Office 2010 for Windows, and now with OneNote for iPhone you can take your notes on the go just like you could with a Windows Phone 7 device. We’re going to take a tour of OneNote’s features and see if it’s time to switch notetaking apps.
Since the iPhone is made by Apple, I have a tendency to think of our readers as Mac users and am interested to know if this is in fact the case. As always, this information will help us better target our articles to content that you’ll actually be interested in.
Just because you own an iPhone, that doesn’t mean you’re fully on board with Apple. I’ll wager that there are plenty of die hard Windows fans out there who love their iPhones but have zero intentions of ever buying a Mac.
Vote in the poll on the right to tell us if you’re a Mac or PC user, then leave a comment below and tell us about your setup. Are you running OS 10.6 on a Mac, Windows 7 on an HP or maybe even Linux on a Dell? We want to know!