Since Apple announced it would soon start selling a combined music player and mobile device called the iPhone, industry experts have predicted that competing cell phone makers would rise to the challenge and start producing equally exciting phones. They may yet do that, but so far they haven't.
Jef Raskin, the lead designer of the first Macintosh computer and a pioneer in the development of user interfaces, died Saturday at age 61. He had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer, his family said in a statement. Raskin joined Apple Computer Inc. in 1978 as employee number 31 and headed the company's Macintosh development team from its founding in 1982. He named the project after his favorite type of apple, changing the spelling for copyright reasons.
Imagine a single hand-held device that could function as a unified messaging platform, always connected to the network from anywhere in the world via a series of intelligent wireless nodes. It could be as small as a watch or piece of jewellery and have sophisticated speech recognition for all controls.