Friday, January 25, 2008

Why don't you have an iPhone?

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. -- As I said in my column published today, I believe Apple will ship iPhone 2.0 this summer. What features would that phone need in order for you to buy one?

Apple's Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said Tuesday that Apple "felt confident" about reaching its goal of 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008.

Wait, what?

To date, Apple is only one third of the way there, and all the Apple fanboys already have their iPhones. So where is Apple going to get another 7 million iPhone buyers?

The most likely answer is: Apple will announce a cool new iPhone this summer that will do two things:

1. Convince existing users to toss their current iPhones and buy a new one.

2. Convince current non-users to jump on the iPhone bandwagon.

Regardless of which category you fit into, what is it going to take to win you over? GPS? 3G? Laptop modem functionality? Lower price? Another carrier? A miracle?

Here's your chance to sound off. What's it going to take?

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