By Aaron Ladage
I’m a gadget guy. That’s not exactly a revelation for anyone who knows me, but for the uninitiated, if it’s electronic and shiny, there’s a good chance I want it.
That’s why June 29 was practically a national holiday for me. It was the day Apple Inc. released the iPhone, the all-in-one mobile device that was met with the kind of sweaty-palmed anticipation usually reserved for a visit from the pope, or, say, a hotel heiress leaving jail.
Unfortunately, an existing cell phone contract kept me sidelined this time around. I was forced to watch as a reported half-million other people waited in line for ridiculous amounts of time to get their iPhones in the first weekend alone.
Considering how useful a good cell phone, map and laptop computer can be on the road, I’m sure a handful of those early adopters were truckers.
But, what if Apple really wanted to corner the market by adding a few more trucking-specific features?
Just think of the possibilities. The “iTruck” could have a built-in tire pressure monitor, and an updated state-by-state guide to idling and chaining laws. And, since it’s already got a camera and a phone to stay in touch with your family, how tough would it be to add a feature to keep an eye on your teenage daughter, too?
Sure, the iPhone’s already got Google Maps built-in. But just think – those maps could help you find a parking spot in the middle of the night. Or, find a rib joint when you’re running through Texas on an empty stomach.
And if it’s going to be the Swiss Army Knife of phones, it needs to carry the most obvious
accessory – the built-in plastic toothpick, of course.