Caught this news today – rumors of Apple ordering a large number of ten-inch touchscreens from the same provider of iPhone screens:
I hope its true. I’ve realized that my iPhone has really become my preferred portable computing device. I’ve gotten very used to the swipes, the pokes, the pinches. I’ve grown to appreciate and need the fluid animation, the transparency, the flow of the interface. I believe I now prefer the iPhone interface to Mac OS X, and that’s saying a lot.
My iPhone is about Twitter (Tweetie is my client of choice), LinkedIn, Mail (Exchange integration gets me work email so much better than Outlook Web Access), and of course, the web. The endless supply of applications doesn’t hurt either.
I realized a few months ago that, while I still have a large Mac Pro tower at home for heavy lifting, more often than not when I’m hope I just want a bigger iPhone. On the go, I’m happy to have something that fits in my pocket. At home, I’d like to have something bigger when I’m sitting at the table, on the couch, etc. My wife has a MacBook today, and I tend to use it around the house for a lightweight machine. But more and more, I find myself preferring my iPhone to the MacBook. I just wish it was bigger.
All the rumors last year were about the “iPhone Nano”. The analogy was simple, even if misnamed. Apple initially launched the iPod with a larger device and a hard drive. But they hit scale with a cheaper iPod Mini, and then, of course, the iPod Nano, which hit $99 and unprecedented unit sales.
Well, I don’t want an iPhone Nano. I want a big iPhone, 4x the size, same operating system, applications, etc. Just bigger. Maybe boost the storage too, so I can fit larger resolution video on it as well. I want a MegaPhone.
In fact, calling it a phone is a misnomer. While I wouldn’t mind the ability to make a call from the device, I think what I’m really saying is I want a jumbo-sized iPod Touch. The MegaPod Touch?