Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Well How 'Bout That? Apple IS Calling "It" iPhone After All! Hmm ... Cisco Still Owns the Mark

After much speculation -- and as long predicted -- Steve Jobs DID, in fact, introduce the new iPhone after all earlier today.

But, the most surprising part of this announcement to me is that Apple is, in fact, calling its new phone "iPhone", despite the fact that Cisco has long claimed to already own that mark. In fact, PCMag reports that there are 9 separate "iPhone" trademarks (including Cisco's) registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

If I were a betting man, Apple and Cisco already have wined and dined each other and reached some kind of "mutually satisfactory accommodation" ... i.e., a deal!

Can't wait to get my hands on the new iPhone and take it for a test drive. If you have, send me your thoughts to pcsathy@sightspeed.com

Stealing CES' Thunder -- Today Steve Jobs Takes the Stage

Today is official day 2 of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas -- but, all the buzz today is about Steve Jobs taking the stage at the opening of rival Macworld.

Ever the consummate marketing company, Apple last week fueled the fire of speculation about the gravity of today's announcements by running an image of a bright light shining from behind its Apple logo on its web site with typical bravado -- i.e., "The first 30 years were just the beginning. Welcome to 2007."

Well, well ... what could it be? If it isn't the worst kept secret -- i.e., the combined cell phone/music- media player -- there will be lots of extremely disappointed people. Expect that not to be the case.

Stay tuned ... but don't call it iPhone!