<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Caroline Baum</p> <p>I am always amazed at the number of people I know who live on their iPhones. And I mean live. The iPhone is never more than an arm's length away.</p> <p>It's programmed to give updates on sporting events: every time their favorite baseball team gets a hit or a run or even if the game is delayed by rain. It tells them how to get from point A to point B in the New York City or London subway systems. It will find a restaurant nearby, wherever they happen to be. And it eliminates the need for those ungainly phone books, although every once in a while, they need something heavy to press a wrinkled document.</p> <p>And for those who don't want to touch and swipe, Siri, Apple Inc.'s enhanced speech-command service, will cater to their every need.</p> <p>Who wouldn't want such an all-in-one device? A curmudgeon like me. Maybe I'm odd (don't answer), but when I'm not at my desk, I don't want to be at a virtual desk. I want to be able to make phone calls to coordinate plans when I'm out and about and check emails related to my work. I don't want to watch a movie on a miniature screen, do research for my next column, check the weather in Kuala Lumpur or read movie reviews.</p> <p>I'm a prisoner to information all day long. When I step away from my desk, I want to really step away.</p> <p>Last week, I got an email from Verizon. "Exciting news! You're eligible for significant savings on a new device on 9/30/12. We'd love to show you what's new at Verizon Wireless."</p> <p>Exciting? To whom? I clicked on the link to take a peek. All of the models were smartphones -- smarter than I wanted or needed. I haven’t seen the new iPhone 5, which Apple unveiled today. But I do plan to take a look at it, especially since I'm in the market for a new phone, and the old breed is passe.</p> <p>Not that the iPhone 4S wouldn't be phone enough for me. Even curmudgeons like to be up to date.</p> <p>(Caroline Baum is a Bloomberg View columnist. <a href="https://twitter.com/cabaum1">Follow</a> her on Twitter.)</p> <p>Read more breaking commentary from Bloomberg View columnists and editors at the <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/view/the-ticker/">Ticker</a>.</p> </body> </html>