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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Joins Storage Startup

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Editor's Note

The Next iPhone Needs To Be Better At Content Creation

Though Apple has remained mum about the existence of a new version of the iPhone, the blogosphere is rife with reports and rumors about what it will bring. Whether or not those reports are accurate, one thing is for certain, the next iPhone needs to be much, much better at creating content.

If there was one point that Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo hammered time and again during his presentation of the Nokia N97, it was that N Series devices are all about creating great content. Looking at the N Series range, this is obviously their forte.

Today's announcement from Samsung and T-Mobile about the 8-megapixel Memoir underscores the fact that other manufacturers are moving forward with phones that are better at creating powerful content.

Can I write blog posts from my iPhone, and post pictures to my blogs directly from the handset? Yes. But those capabilities are not provided by Apple, but rather by companies such as Google and myriad others have stepped in to fill the (many) voids left by Apple.

That strikes me as odd, because one of the core features offered by Apple on its computers is the iLife suite, an entire set of software devoted to creating and managing content. I use iLife software for many of my daily work tasks, such as editing pictures and creating videos. Why hasn't Apple extended these capabilities to what has become its most prominent product, the iPhone?

Then I look at MobileMe, which is a place for Apple users to store information and use as a synchronization tool for content. Why on earth isn't MobileMe natively integrated into the iPhone?

My colleague, Alex Wolfe, believes that Apple is working on a phone that can shoot video, and not just clips, but one that can be used as a videoconferencing tool. That would be a step in the right direction, for sure.

There are plenty of phones that offer a lot more than the iPhone does, especially for those interested in creating content, and not just consuming it. Unless Apple steps up to meet this kind of content-creation competition, I'll be ditching my iPhone as soon as the Nokia N97 becomes available.

Read the rest of my post here, and leave me your comments.

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