How Many Women Have iPhones?

Observatory


Living near a railway terminal, you tend to see an awful lot of people using phones as they rush for trains, but I’ve noticed that while a great many men seem to have iPhones, few women have. This is dodgy data at best – after all, I’m only going by what I see, but it made me wonder if the old gender demarcations about boys and their toys are still roughly in place. I don’t hear many female friends speculating about Apple’s coming iSlate, but all of my male mates are obsessed with reading the rumours.

I’ve heard that the iSlate will have these new features;
You’ll be able to write an instant bestseller just by repeatedly hitting the space bar 50,000 times.
New Wi-Fi capability means you’ll be able to make phonecalls to other planets and read newspapers and magazines from different dimensions, starring your favourite characters from fiction.
A special ‘Delete’ button will allow you to explode small objects that are in your way from a distance of up to twenty metres.
All calls will be interrupted with infomercials for other Apple products, some of them several hours long.
There will be a number of fantasy avatars available for you to operate, so you don’t even have to use the iSlate yourself. Choose from Batman, Sherlock Holmes, Katie Price, Simon Cowell or a pink sock puppet.
It’s going to be a bright new world. I can’t wait.
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5 comments on “How Many Women Have iPhones?”

  1. Steve says:

    Yeah, I heard all that too, plus someone is already working on a software download that allows you to use the special delete button to fry the Apple infomercials. If that’s the case, I may get me one!

  2. I.A.M. says:

    Sadly, part of the idea about Apple using things to advertise other things has a basis in truth, according to today’s NYTimes: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/apple-is-said-to-buy-mobile-ad-company/

    I recall a Far Side cartoon (probably it was that strip) showing the Supreme Being sitting at his desk, a computer screen showing some poor soul walking along, and His Finger was about to hit the [Smite] button on his keyboard. I’d pay money for that.

  3. Adam Holdsworth says:

    If the text shown on the picture is genuine, I expect many heavy duty readers will end up with serious eye-strain in a couple of years. Crikey, even with Zoomtext, my PC’s screen mag cranked up to x7, it is puny. Is that a special “lawyer-ready” font?

    Maybe Apple could introduce a screen reader. Hang on already, there’s an app for that.

  4. Nina says:

    I am a BIG fan of having electronic gadgets. I am a research scientist who works with medical doctors, so my viewpoint may be skewed but, I can think of 3 women in our group who have iPhones. I’m pretty psyched about the Mac tablet. I also own the Kindle and love having the advantage of carrying around many reads at one time but, would look forward to being able to read comic books on a device. Perhaps they will come up with something for the iSlate! Oh, and the Leica X-1 is due out soon!!! I surely need a better paying career to keep up with my gadget desires.

  5. Helen Martin says:

    As more women move into science and technology fields, and they are doing so at a fairly steady rate (that sounds as if I really know what I’m talking about, when I’m really just supposing), there will be more of them with iphones, etc. The things have to meet a need, though. They have to do more than just be “neat”. Having a variety of books to read if you spend a lot of time traveling -or waiting- makes sense. Having a blackberry or its equivalent makes sense if you have a complicated schedule. Having a device to play music or radiocasts makes sense if you want to stay uninvolved with the people on transit. Devices have to meet a need.

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