Hey, it's nice to see Palm getting back into the game! No, not with their admittedly compelling -- if Apple inspired -- Palm Pre handset set to land sometime in the first half of 2008. But with their rhetoric. You know, the same rhetoric that had Palm CEO Ed Colligan, when asked about the iPhone before it's launch say, Apple wasn't just going to walk in and figure smartphones out.
This time time it's not Colligan however, but Palm uber-financier and Bono-buddy Roger McNamee, he of the coolest utility belt since Batman, who's firing the mouth-cannon Apple's way. McNamee tells Bloomberg (via Daring Fireball):
“You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” McNamee said today in an interview in San Francisco. “Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later.”
Not one? Really? We're certain some die hard Palm faithful and curious technophiles will become Pre-verts come launch day (we even suspect an editor-in-chief we know might just be waiting in line already...) but not one?
Given Apple's statement that June is also iPhone product cycle, and that the Pre has fairly shamelessly glommed Apple's iPhone style -- and several high profile members of the iPhone development team -- we're certain Steve Jobs won't make it a point to have a shiny new iPhone 3.0 ready for just about the same time, so that original iPhone owners have an easier, maybe even moe compelling upgrade path available. Can't see that happening, can we...?