Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all! 2008 is nearly here in Toronto (but has arrived in other parts of the world) With the all the promises that a new year brings, I would like to wish all the very best to you and yours.

With 2007 now in the books, I’ll spare you yet another top whatever of 2007 list but let me say that I think that the iPhone was the gadget event of the year. Not only did it trigger a frenzy of attention even before being released, but once released, did not let up. From the impressive sales figures to the rave reviews it garnered, it had a profound impact on the mobile phone market. Probably the biggest impact is the way it ushered in touch interfaces. Now everyone seems to be playing catch up. It also changed the way that a hardware manufacturer deals with carriers. Never before had we seen a revenue sharing plan like Apple was able to get from AT&T and the other carriers that offer the iPhone. I’m guessing that others are now looking at such arrangements but whether they have the pull to actually carry it off remains to be seen. And let’s not forget the cat-and-mouse game played between Apple and coders that wanted to unlock the iPhone.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Now, let’s see what 2008 has in store for us.