I don't think of myself as any kind of Luddite -- I'm writing this post on a brand-spanking new computer, and we're mulling over upgrading at last from dial-up to DSL in the near future -- but I look at things like the new iPhone and watch people run away from me, to escape the waves of "Meh" that are cascading from my body.
:: I don't feel any pressing need for an iPod. If I won one, I'd use it. But I have no intention of buying one anytime in the foreseeable future.
:: I don't own a cell phone. I wouldn't mind getting one, but again, this is an expense I don't feel has risen to the level of necessity. I'm fairly staunch in my belief that a tiny percentage of cell-phone conversations are necessary at the time they're happening, and I don't think people look any more drone-like than when they're gazing intently at their cell-phones as they send text messages.
:: The iPhone has a two-megapixel digital phone built in. I just bought a 5-megapixel camera for $89. What's the deal here? How often in life are we really presented with sudden moments when we need a camera?
:: This gizmo browses the Web, providing full content. I'm forever mystified that people scramble to be able to watch video and look at webpages on a screen that's smaller than an index card.
I just don't see what the big deal about this is. So Steve Jobs has put a lot of different gizmos into one gizmo. Is that all there is? Maybe my experiences with doing maintenance and repair work are jading me on the idea of all-in-one gadgets, but it's always been my experience that a tool designed for one task is better for that task than some funky multi-tool that's designed for lots of tasks.
Anyhow, iPhone, iPod, iTunes...I'll take an iPass.