It always struck me as a bit odd that Apple retail stores used specialized Windows CE devices to speed checkout. I mean… using a WINDOWS device to sell Apple products? Why, that would be like a TV news program displaying the Windows 7 logo on a MacBook Pro… (Oh, they did? My bad…)
Anyhow, word is that Apple is planning to replace each of the aging devices (they first came on line in 2005) with a shiny new iPod touch.
This is, of course, only possible because OS iPhone enables the devices to be used with special peripherals via the Dock Connector or Bluetooth.
Still, it is good to see devices running that other company’s OS being replaced by brand spanking new device that shows off the platform’s flexibility and power. No wonder it is the fastest-growing platform in history?
The greatest irony in all this, however, isn’t that Apple was using Windows CE devices. No, the greatest irony was captured in the Apple Insider post on the upcoming shift. They wrote…
At last year’s release of the iPhone 3G, various problems with the EasyPay Pocket PC devices ranging from unreliable hardware to buggy software resulted in frustrating delays that created long lines for buyers, particularly people trying to get the new iPhone 3G.
Now THAT’s funny! As Helen Hunt said on Saturday Night Live… Buh Bye!