updated 12:35 am EDT, Tue June 10, 2008
Lack of features in iPhone
The 3G iPhone launch on Monday was met with both positive and negative outlooks; some think the device is a vast improvement on the original, while others insinuate that Apple missed some very obvious boats to set sail. Popular Mechanics suggests that despite the device's tremendous appeal, Apple has overlooked a few key features that are commonplace on other cellular devices, such as multimedia messaging and copy-paste functionality, among others.
While the iPhone supports Bluetooth headsets, the lack of keyboard or headphone support (for music listening) inhibits those who wish to optimize their experience with wireless peripherals.
Apple's infamous software keyboard rotates with web sites when used with Safari, but the company did not expand that functionality to any other aspect of the device. In addition, the lack of Flash functionality removes many websites from use on the iPhone, a sore spot that has both Apple and Adobe working to find a solution - Apple CEO Steve Jobs believes that the mobile version of Flash is inadequate, while Adobe claims the iPhone isn't powerful enough to run anything more.
Most higher end phones are capable of tethering - acting as a modem for a computer through USB or Bluetooth - but Apple has neglected such a seemingly obvious feature. Apple also missed out on enabling video camera support, another common-place feature on even low-end cellphone.