A new iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs yesterday at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC).  The new version of the phone will feature faster 3G speeds, built-in GPS, and half the price of the current version ($199).  Wow, how bummed are the peeps that paid $399 less than a year ago!?  Very bummed.  Luckily, Apple and AT&T decided to give everyone who "bought their iPhone in a AT&T store" the chance to return it to for 90 percent of its value: 100 percent less 10 percent restocking fee.  It is still not clear if this deal is available for those that purchased their iPhone from a website or direcly from apple.

Most importantly though, is that the new iPhone will feature push email technology and a built in Exchange client called ActiveSync.  It is unclear from press reports what additional software corporations would have to purchase to make this work.  Most corporations run either GoodLink server (for Palm Treos) or BlackBerry Enterprise Server (for BlackBerry).  Some, like my company, actually run both of these for their integration with Microsoft Exchange.  Many large companies are leery of installing another set of servers to support iPhone users.

It can’t possibly be that difficult to code a GoodLink or BES client for the iPhone can it?  I don’t know the answer to that question, but it seems one that could be easily answered at the WWDC.  Still, nobody seems willing to talk to the media about the possibility of a GoodLink or BES option.  It may not matter though, because at $199 the iPhone just became affordable for corporate users and those users may demand iPhones by any means necessary, servers be damned.  Only time will tell if this new iPhone gets the corporate adoption that Apple is looking for.  Stay tuned.

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  1. Protocol clients are always technically straightforward, unless there’s _proprietary encryption_ (if they use standard encryption and will give up a key, it’s nothing).

    The big thing nowadays is IP protection. DMCA is such a hammer against reverse-engineering that it would be fool-hardy to write a client shim without getting a license from the server manufacturers, who probably aren’t too keen on making it easier for iPhones.

    Too bad, too, because that’s exactly the sort of shim that a small company could produce and sell.

    #1 by Larry O’Brien — June 10, 2008 @ 11:23 am

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