Bond. Simply, Wow.
1. Apple first used an "i" in front of their products in May 1998. Big Planet's iPhone was announced in Nov 1998. So they both started the "i" around the same time. From 2001-2006 Cisco who then owned the name "iPhone" failed to use it. Many argue that they lost rights to the name because they expired. Of course, they revived it as rumors circulated that Apple was planning a phone. They obviously realized either their rights had expired or Apple's money was too good to pass up, cause they allow Apple to use the name. I personally think Apple would have been better off calling it the "Apple"Phone like "Apple"TV - You know, branding and all, but that's just me.
2. First, neither of the products you mention were the first touchscreen phones. Second, Apple couldn't patent something that already existed. And on experience in making cell phones... It's a consumer electronics device, with which Apple has some serious experience. Hire a few RF and cell phone gurus and you're right up there with every other cell phone manufacturer. How does it matter how much experience the company has when it's employees' have plenty. You do know that you can hire for talent and experience, right.
3. Copying Zune on the naming ability... That's funny. People have been giving their iPods names since 2001.
4. iTunes. The most used online music store and music jukebox. The people who (for some reason) refuse to use iTunes are very unlikely to want an iPhone. CBS News says, "Activating the iPhone was easier than expected."
5. Wow, you're reaching now. When you receive the praises the iPhone is receiving... I'd say they're close to reinventing the phone.
a. CBS News
: "the user interface that can best be described as inspired
." "...share my first impressions of this innovative device
." "My overall thought is that the iPhone’s software represents a truly remarkable accomplishment
b. San Francisco Chronicle
: "After all the ink that's been spilled describing, previewing and hyping the Apple iPhone, does it deserve the attention? I'd have to say yes." "This Internet, music and cellular device is a game-changer
: "the Apple iPhone sets a new benchmark
for an integrated cell phone and MP3 player." [Remember, almost every consumer cell phone advertises its MP3 player functions.]
d. Boston Globe
: "Not only cool, but very likely groundbreaking
." "this phone is important
, in the same way that Apple's first Macintosh computer was important. The Mac showed us a better way to interact with computers, and forced the entire industry to follow its lead. Here we go again."
: "iPhone Scientifically Rated (Verdict: Great Call Quality
)" Wirelessinfo knows what they're talking about when it comes to cellphone calls. They're the Mythbusters of cellphones." "It scores higher on the frequency response test compared to the BlackBerry 8800, Helio Ocean, LG Prada, Nokia N95 and the Treo 750."
: "To say the iPhone comes with high expectations is like saying the ocean is a little bit wet." "Our testing looks at the phone's sound quality, the camera's image quality and the touch screen's usability. So does the iPhone live up to the expectations? The answer is a qualified yes."
6. Purchases are limited... Great. I'd rather a company look out for their customers, than create a supply issue which favors eBay scalpers.
7. The only person who will suffer for over estimating the number of Apple iPhone sales is Apple. Therefore I'm wondering, what's your point. Besides it was a goal, not a guarantee. I'm sure Apple thinks they underestimated - they'd want to exceed their goal, not come up short.
As for your conclusion, I didn't realize you were so jealous of Apple - it's really shining through in your latest posts. And to think that so many Americans can be brainwashed by a company which "repackages technology and inventions..." well, I can't think of a comment for that accusation.