Local Storage and Apple?s Vision For the iPhone

On August 26, 2008

I was reading through the forums trying to get a feel for what people were looking for in an app for their iPhone. 

jpvann was commenting on Evernote and what a great app it would be when Apple finally allows local data storage. My bet is that Apple will never allow this to happen.

I think Steve Jobs vision of the iPhone was more of a terminal to the internet than a self sufficient computer in your hand.

Don’t get me wrong.  The best app I personally could ask for today on an iPhone would be an Excel compatible spreadsheet.  You see, I still have an iPaq pocketpc.  I use it for work on a daily basis.  I use pocket excel to track the invoices that I write.  I have a spreadsheet that I wrote several years ago.  My employer uses it to calculate individual payroll amounts for the trades staff.  I am a journeyman locksmith and have been with the company for over 26 years.  I use this same spreadsheet to make sure my employer pays me correctly for every job I do.

I also use my iPaq to keep copies of my invoices that I write on my company Blackberry.  It merely synchronizes an Outlook mail folder where I store copies that my Blackberry emails out. My iPhone won’t do that either.

Allowing this kind of data storage would hamper Steve’s vision– an iPod with a phone and web browser.  All that data would take up space that Mr. Jobs would rather we would fill with his music from iTunes.

Oh well, maybe the next generation.  Well, I can dream can’t I?