So claims John C. Dvorak, Marketwatch columnist and Podcaster for TWiT (This Week in Tech). Referencing the claims of insider reports from a Cingular tester, Dvorak claims "you run 20 minutes and youâ€™re using up half the battery power. You get 40 minutes total talk time. And the interface fouls up constantly."
Dvorak suggested in his recent column on Marketwatch that Apple bail on the iPhone before it even releases the product. According to Dvorak, the shortcomings of the iPhone as a product combined with the fierce competition in the mobile industry makes the launch of the iPhone a far to risky proposal for Apple. He continues, "What Apple risks here is its reputation as a hot company that can do no wrong. If it's smart it will call the iPhone a 'reference design' and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else's marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures."
Given that Apple has kept the iPhone so well under wraps (the iPhone was unveiled for only a few brief moments at the recent CTIA conference), what are the chances that Dvorak's claims about the iPhone's technical blunders are correct? Only time will tell. In the meantime, the skeptics and Apple faithful will certainly continue to butt heads.