iPhone Destop: an All-in-One Dock Idea for the iPhone

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  1. iheartmymac macrumors newbie

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    This article builds a case for why the iPhone will take over the personal computer industry:

    http://shipsoftwareontime.com/2008/04/03/iphone-desktop-unleash-the-leopard-in-your-pocket-299/

    Here's a mockup image they did with Photoshop:
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    The basic idea would be that everyone's carrying around a computer in their pocket, and there would be docking stations at home, the office, and various public places like Starbucks, airports, libraries, hotels, etc.

    Pop in your iPhone, and your working with your computer. Proposed specs, other details, and 12 predictions are posted in the article.
     
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  3. themightyspitz macrumors regular

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    I was contemplating this the other day, actually, although you took it beyond what I was thinking. My thought was that it would be a great idea to have something similar to those conference phones that you could dock the iPhone in and turn into a regular phone with a hook, or a conference phone on speaker. Although I like your idea better, making it possible to use the actual Mac OS.
     
  4. iTeen macrumors 65816

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    How about just better bluetooth?
    that would do it.
     
  5. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Yeah, but streaming an entire operating system? It might be awhile until we can do that. Docking it is a much better idea for the time being. But that would be beyond awesome!
     
  6. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Nice idea but obviously not thought through very well.

    First of all, $299 for that big device? The iPod HiFi costs $399!!! I also doubt Apple would sell something as small as 17". I can't stand monitors that small anymore.

    What is far more likely is just docking the iPhone and using some software on existing PCs to use the iPhone features. At work, I have been using my personal iPhone to call people because I can use the included earbuds (do they have a built-in mic??) to make calls and hear SO MUCH BETTER than almost any phone out there.
     
  7. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    yes they have a mic. why are you asking about a mic if you are already using it?
     
  8. iheartmymac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I think Apple's least expensive display right now is a 23-incher for $599. I think the idea behind this device is to get it out there in places like Starbucks, libraries, airports, universities...but $299 is perhaps too aggressive.

    I could see them doing something like this in a 24" and 30" -- but the iPhones video capabilities would have to be expanded first. Right now, we know for sure it can do 640 x 480...
     
  9. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Because I never really saw anything about them having one, so I was amazed that people could hear me with the phone's mic about 2 feet away. I LOVE using the headset for phone calls. :)
     
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  11. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I also forgot to mention that apparently that device assumes that the full version of Leopard is on your iPhone. That would be an extreme waste of space considering you don't need a lot of OS X for an iPhone. I think those firmware updates are maybe 150MB, while Leopard probably takes up more than a gigabyte. And yes, the video resolution would be an issue.

    I still think the theory is OK, but just use bluetooth to hook the iPhone up to some application on a PC/Mac that allows you to make calls (or use the iPhone dock). Plus, who is going to jam their iPhone sideways into some device? That just screams "SCRATCH ME!"
     
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I don't know how this would work but wow if it could!
    I would buy Leopard for it. :) And a new mac. :)
     
  13. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

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    can i be first to say that this is a really stupid idea?
     
  14. themightyspitz macrumors regular

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    It would help your position if you provided some substantiation why it would be a stupid idea. Convince me.
     
  15. change macrumors member

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    Parts of that thought experiment are really great ideas, completely possible, and maybe even probable. I don't see Apple doing all of that though.
     
  16. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    the mockup comes from the exact sketch in a published Apple patent.

    I see this as entirely possible,

    MWSF 09?
     
  17. DaveTaylor macrumors 6502

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    The concept is there however the execution (if to happen) via apple would be interesting to see.
     
  18. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Already available for WM phones over USB or Bluetooth, perhaps others soon. Hopefully the iPhone one day:

    Redfly Companion

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  19. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

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    how is this at all practical? who would use it, and why? where?
     
  20. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    People with $300 to blow on a small monitor that does nothing without an iPhone.

    The more I think about it, the dumber I think the actual idea is. Considering most people already have a darn computer and the iPhone already docks with them, WHY WOULD YOU SPEND $300 ON A WORTHLESS DEVICE LIKE THAT?

    There is no way that would cost only $300 (try doubling that) and such capabilities will probably a) be built in to the iPhone over time, or b) can be done without the extra waste-of-space device.
     
  21. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Same question is being asked about the Red Fly Companion mentioned above.

    Basically, it's a decent sized portable input/output device for those who are convinced that their phone is going to replace their laptop.

    As to who would use something like this, quite a few people have said that they would love to be able to take notes in class to their iPhone, but with a larger and faster keyboard. Having a 800x480 screen for browsing is icing on the cake.

    These portable ideas are different from what the OP was suggesting, which was that there would be docking devices around cities and schools, which you could use to access your iPhone.

    I think it's quite possible that such docking stations and/or MS Surface-like access points, could become common in the future, as more and more people carry around smart devices.
     
  22. iheartmymac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @kdarling:
    you're right...that's what this model is all about. it's a portable device when you need it to be and it's a desktop computer when you need it to be. miniaturization will only go so far before versatility like this becomes the big "prize" in computer hardware, imo.

    Currently, monitors don't do anything without a computer hooked up to it. The idea is to get relatively inexpensive iPhone workstations "out there," so people can flip their iPhones into Desktop Mode whenever they want. The article also mentions a clamshell laptop version of the working station -- that would again do nothing without an iPhone inserted.

    in this model, the iPhone IS the computer. you're probably right about the real retail price of something like this being $500+. but I think that's a minor point.

    how is this at all practical? people are already using the iPhones to replace PCs to a certain extent -- maybe 10, 20% or more of their "computer time" is being spent on an iPhone. Browsing, web apps, email, youtube, etc. for a lot of people, an iPhone computer would be plenty.

    theoretically, it would be able to run iWork and iLife apps. if something like this existed, a lot of people wouldn't need another computer at all.

    who would use it, and why? where? i would use it anytime I didn't want to do hardcore gaming or photoshop. so, on a business trip, if my hotel room had an iPhone Desktop in the room -- i wouldn't have to worry about packing a laptop. the iPhone in my pocket would be all i needed. but, that's just me.

    businesses could use them to attract customer: "iPhone Workstations inside"
    schools could spend less on full-blown computers by providing iPhone Desktops to their students with iPhones.

    even more broadly, anyone with an iPhone could use one, because it would be convenient, anywhere.

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    think of it this way: let's say apple could shrink down the same performance of MacBook Pro down to the size of iPhone. how would people use it? wouldn't people want it to be small and in their pockets sometimes? and bigger sometimes depending on what they wanted to do at the moment?
     
  23. heyp macrumors 6502

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    it's not practical at all at the moment... but in 5 years, i would think so

    it would be like trading in your mac at home for an iphone and a monitor (assuming technology advances as stated in the article and it's shown no reason not to progress at this rate)

    i think this is an awesome idea
     
  24. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

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    Hey hey hey

    lets get the basics right like MMS and Bluetooth first, and then move on to that..
     

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