Remains of the Day: Mr. iPhone goes to Washington
The iPhone is on the rise in the nation’s capital, while its dock-connector port may be on the way out. And is Apple stealthily entering the appliance market? The remainders for Friday, February 24, 2012 are moving on up.
Sounds like the iPhone is displacing the BlackBerry as the king of mobile phones in the U.S.’s corridors of power. Thanks to iOS’s affinity for multimedia, it’s driven the more text-focused BlackBerry into the ground. Or, in other words, an iPhone is worth a thousand BlackBerries.
Rumor has it that the iPhone may be ditching the venerable dock-connector port that’s adorned every model of iPhone and iPad—as well as most iPods—since 2003. More than anything, the concern seems to be that it takes up just too much darn space. But what might replace it? A micro-USB port? Thunderbolt? A smaller dock-connector port? Wireless syncing and charging? I say just make the whole thing a port.
The iPhone! It’s a phone, an iPod, and an Internet communicator. And, apparently a…gas stove? Chinese authorities seized 681 gas stoves lacking flame-out protection, many of which came with iPhone branding. And yet nobody has twigged to the obvious: It’s the iPhone 5, people. Now cooking with gas. Literally.