iPhone Debate: I’m a Mac vs. Bill Gates

January 11th, 2007
Hello. I'm a Mac...
And I'm Bill Gates, here to rain a little gloominess on your euphoria over the iPhone.
Oh, come on, the iPhone is revolutionary! It's an iPod, a phone, and a "breakthrough internet device."
And what makes it a breakthrough device, exactly? As far as I can tell, that just means the iPhone can sync with your email and bookmarks — just like any other PDA since 1999. Oh, and it has built-in icons for a bookmarked weather page.
You forgot the built-in camera capabilities. Plus, you're missing the point. A lot of ordinary applications — like maps, search engines, and yes, weather — are exponentially more useful when they're elegantly available on a handheld mobile device.
It's all hype over nothing. Apple's web page describes the iPhone's supposedly high tech features, and it turns out they just mean it has OS X and a touchscreen.
And an accelerometer! And quad-band GSM...

What if I want to rotate my pictures 90 degrees. Will the iPhone keep "correcting" its display, forcing me into a contest to see which of us can rotate the image faster?
And you're also overlooking the built-in proximity sensors and ambient light sensors to save power.
That's another thing. I can't believe Apple is bragging that they got a whopping five hours of web browsing/phone usage/video time. But don't worry, if you only listen to music at work, you can go a whole two days without recharging.
Yes, without a recharge there's 16 hours of audio playback. And the Zune does, what — 14 hours?
Just because the Zune is crap doesn't make the iPhone a paradigm shift...
The reaction from the press has been phenomenally positive. Eat the Press says it will be remembered by history as one of three products that revived Apple and "hastened the end of Microsoft" — the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone.
And Apple's market share now is, what, 5.7%?
For PC's, yeah — something like that. But don't you see what's happening? PC's are 1990, man! Handheld devices are approaching the processing power of PCs — and everyone has at least one. Either a cellphone or an mp3 player, if not a PDA. It's like Microsoft just cornered the market on Univacs.
So if I say Microsoft has an overwhelming installed base, you'll just wish that into the cornfield and say the future belongs to Apple?
It's not wishing. Apple's market share for digital music is 75%. The iPod's market share is 62%. And as we pointed out Tuesday, Apple sells almost as much recorded music as Target — and more than Amazon.
Help me out here. That's significant why, exactly? Is this the point where you yell "Steve Jobs has a magic third eye that sees into the future?"
A hand-held future is already here. The U.S. is already behind the rest of the world in terms of wireless and cellphone adoption - and the cool services that go along with them. 40% of Japanese adults already browse the web with their cellphone.
In Japan it's nearly impossible to get an internet connection in your home! Plus, people there spend something like four hours a day commuting. I'm sick to death of people touting regional anomalies as some harbinger of the future. They should make an ad where there's three actors representing devices — a Mac, a PC, and a teenaged Japanese girl representing the ability to send text messages on a Hello Kitty cellphone.
Well, Solutions Research Group determined that 40 million Americans consider the iPhone "a great idea" for themselves personally. They also predicted a 50% increase in the number of Americans owning an Apple product just 18 months after the product is released.
That's another thing. "When it's released" isn't until sometime around this summer. (Which means your adoption study is talking about the year 2009!) I thought Microsoft was supposed to be the ones announcing Vaporware.
Are you really accusing Apple of pre-announcing a new product just to dampen interest in a competitor?
Apple unveiled a plastic box with some make-believe pixel images of buttons. MacWorld's rabid gadget-o-philes were kept at bay by a plastic cylinder. It was like Maxwell Smart invented a "cone of non-disclosure."
It's real. Technology reporters saw it.
You just want to believe. It's still just a pretend phone until June. The last iPhone I saw was made out of cardboard because some guy printed out a picture that he found on the web.
Doesn't that prove consumers are hungry for this device?
It proves Mac users have too much time on their hands. Here's a prediction. 12 months from now, Apple releases a new iPhone that's tangerine colored — and Mac-heads will buy 20 million of them.
Who's living in the future now?
Or a "Blue Dalmation" pattern....
Now that would be pretty sweet.
iPhone may not even be its name! About 18 hours in, Cisco filed a lawsuit claiming they owned the trademark. I can see the ad campaign now. "Say hello to the — no wait, don't." Maybe they'll call it the Tangerine-o-Phone.
Why are you so bitter?
Because I bought a Newton in 1997.
Ha ha. And yet, despite the fact that it was discontinued, there's still tremendously loyal user groups. Doesn't that prove that Apple forms strong and lasting relationships with its customers?
No, it just proves Mac users are crazy.

See also:
Expect Trouble Activating Your iPhone
The Wonderful Wizardry of Woz
How to Use Your Blackberry Pearl as a Bluetooth Modem on a Mac

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58 Responses to “iPhone Debate: I’m a Mac vs. Bill Gates”

  1. mark Says:

    this is bullshit
    bill gates and that mac guy should both be shot

  2. Keith L. Dick Says:

    Hehehe, Funny stuff…

    The Mac vs. PC Feud is one that will be the longest in recorded history…

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  4. Bob Jones Says:

    Oh boy a strawman argument in the third person!

  5. Scott Says:

    What’s this, a 3:00 spot? Cut it down, mate.

  6. Paul Says:

    Very funny!

  7. None Says:

    Dude ok this was the stupidest thing ever, there really were no vaild points, the iPhone ok yes is like a pda, but a Friggin sweeter PDA then any pda on the market. Hell I own the PalmPiolt TX and I still want this phone.

  8. Victor Says:

    Smartphone’s the new battleground….mobile OSX vs. WM5!

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  14. James Says:

    I that was real life Glates’ last words would be; “Oh by the way I’m retiring next year”. To which Mac would reply, that’s half the job done, cause Ballmer will fuck up your company royally!

  15. Yakito Says:

    Mac fans wont like this too much

  16. Ubermac Says:

    Forget the Hello Kitty cell phone.. I’ll take the Japanese girl. HUZZAH!

  17. WorkOutTheKinks Says:

    If the iPhone has as many glitches as the iPod has had, forget it.

  18. Firefly Says:

    “In Japan it’s nearly impossible to get an internet connection in your home!”

    It is? I have 2 internet connections in my home, and they were easy as pie to get. On top of that, they’re fast and cheap.

  19. Z Says:

    HAha, pretty funny. Gotta email this to all my mac savvy friends now.

  20. Philip Dhingra Says:

    Brilliant format for a commentary on the subject.

  21. Bmoore Says:

    Idiotic! Microsoft is dying. Their dominance in so many areas is falling apart. Market share will erode and be gobbled up by Google, Apple, Linux, Firefox, etc. Workoutthekinks says that if it has as many kinks as the iPod- forget it! HA! how many iPods have sold? Duh! The author and his fans should give investment advice :) Obviously you do not have a real handle on what the phone does, Apple’s successes, or where technology is going. I don’t care if you like Apple or not your an idiot!

  22. Fred Says:

    Iphone looks cool, but very pricey. Not too keen on Cingular either.

    Apple still rocks though.

  23. mike Says:

    this makes me want to vomit. the guy who wrote this is so fucking negative, he should seriously get a bullet in the head. wow.. what a miserable sack of shit.

    typical, comparing a mediocre solution to problem A to an elegant solution to problem A and saying .. “That’s not new, we solved that ages ago.”

    Nobody… nobody should be so misfortunate as to have read this.. God I feel sick.

  24. Steve Bryan Says:

    WorkOutTheKinks: “If the iPhone has as many glitches as the iPod has had, forget it.”

    Right, it will fail miserably like the iPod. Wait.

    p.s. What color is the sky in your world?

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  26. Stu Says:

    Forget the iPhone debate, this guy’s track is f**king terrible, he can’t rap for sh*t!

  27. redrum8 Says:

    Hell no that song was tight, like a kite when the wind blows… yo. the mac the mac. I need it on my new zune

  28. James Says:

    Lou, these bitter naysayers are almost certainly emotionally invested Apple products, don’t listen to them. This is the most bipartisan commentary on Apple vs MS that I’ve read – it’s clever, observant and funny.

  29. Randy Says:

    This was fantastic! Being a long time windows user who was recently a new owner of a MacBook Pro, I love both sides of this parody.

    The one major problem though about the new iPhone………they picked AT&T as an exclusive seller. I was interested until they announced Cingular would be the only one carrying the iPhone. I ‘ll never trust them.

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  31. Matt Says:

    This was freakin’ hilarious. Its even funnier than the mac and pc fanboys arguing over it in the comments. This is a great reaction to the incredible amount of over-hype of a product that won’t even exist until June at the earliest…and requires $500+ to buy along with a 2-year contract of phone AND data services. Cool announcement…fabulous

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  35. Knox Bronson Says:

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  37. Res Ipsa Loquitur Says:

    What i like is Bill Gates talkign about how phone alreayd have sync capabilities for images, music, and contacts. Ah, not exactly. You ahve to buy extra software to do it. While the Mac comes with everything to do it out of the box–free. Plus a keychain to store passwords and many other great applications for free that you pay to get from a third party for Windows. And which sometimes break on Windows updates or nickel-and-dime you on upgrades. No thanks Bill Boy!

  38. Alex Says:

    Good stuff! :)

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  40. Kushcash Says:

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  41. Rich Says:

    Silly now, not even all the iPhone features were mention. Let’s you any other phone give you visual voice, so you can avoid Bill Gates call ever hour.

  42. DarkGhost Says:

    Mac’s suck, Windows sucks, Bill Gates is a theving SOB (hence the vista look), PC’s still rock if u have linux…. now all we need is for everyone else to realise that, it bit more standards and we have one kick ass free OS with games. =D… yet the perfect world never happenes. I have a feeling we’ll see world peace before people leave Windows for Linux.

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  44. Tracy Bezner Says:

    Not sure if anyone else pointed this out, but Bill’s thing that “most people in Japan can’t even get internet service” is flat wrong. I live in Japan, in a rural area no less, and have had fiber optic access for just over a year now. Before that it was ADSL. Because the Japanese government invested heavily in wiring the whole country with fiber optic in the mid and late ’90’s, Japanese consumers have a serious leg up on getting terrific internet service.

  45. Colin Says:

    Did u even see the new voicemail feature? No other phone has that.

    Just because you hate macs doesn’t give you the right to post a BS
    story when you are uninformed about ALL of it’s features.

    I would like to see a comedic parody by someone that knows what the Iphone does.

  46. stupid uphone Says:

    hey America is a way behind Europe… europinian people used the GMS phones 2 years b4 it came to America.. lol

  47. Doug Says:

    I am waiting for the Gates v. Mac guy in the OCTAGON!!!

  48. Roger Smith Says:

    iPhone is available with Cingular ONLY!?
    And what if I am stuck under contract with a carrier OTHER
    than Cingular but still want a iPhone?
    Well, the only solution
    I could fine was http://www.Cellswapper.com -
    they get you out of any cell phone contract!

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  52. smack Says:

    I recommend checking out the Apple web site thoroughly. Then, go to your local Apple Store (genuine, not reseller) and take a test drive. If you don’t figure out real quick that Macs are quite simply the most superior computer using the most sophisticated OS to date… well, too bad. I’LL be happily cruising on my Mac, effortlessly pushing through my workflow and hobbies. ;o) Oh, and the coolest thing I like about the iPhone is the interface… there is NOTHING like it.

  53. Mad Mike Says:

    F***in’ Geeks, grab another Twinky and a Pepsi and shut up. So long as whatever I’m using gets the job done, then I will use it. It’s just a bunch of plastic, silicone and a little steel. No big deal. GET A LIFE! Or a girlfriend if you can. And quit using your hand. It will make you go blind and give you hairy palms.

  54. My member resembles beef jerky Says:

    Chill out Mac-heads. It is just a PDA with the Apple stamp on it. Better than any PDA out there? Maybe. Would I camp out to purchase one? No…I am not a douche-bag.

    I like the episode of the Simpsons where the iPods came to life and took over the world, torturing mankind by whipping their owners with their earbuds. Now the iPod will have an ally in the iPhone when this happens for real. It is really just a big plot by Al-Qaeda, whose opium is used in the manufacturing of iPhones. So, if you buy an iPhone, you support terrorism.

  55. iPhone Rocks! Says:

    I have been using my iPhone for 2 weeks now, and I love every bit of it.

  56. stevie Says:

    Bill Gates in Japan at onsen scrubbing Steve Jobs’ back. LOL

  57. Dick Axt Says:

    I’m having a slight predicament here. I would love to buy a decent unlocked phone and I’m having trouble to make up my mind on which one to select. First of all, i thought of the Samsung i900 Omnia, because my friend has one. It looks quite tough, and all seemed cool, but i began researching other phones. Now my biggest dilemma is to choose between the Nokia 5610Nokia 6500 and the Samsung B3310. Any suggestions?

  58. Anonymous Says:

    I just got my iphone 4s , Never had an Iphone before this and I must say I’m blown away I’ve not put the thing down since I got it.

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