This is something of a mixed blessing for Apple -- the general tone of the new iPhone reviews is so-so compared to the app raves.
I haven't laid hands on the new Apple Inc. iPhone yet, and I don't much care. That's because I've already spent hours with Apple's most important innovation of the year, and it's not a piece of hardware.
It's an array of powerful, versatile software programs that run on old iPhones as well as new ones, which go on sale today. Most don't cost much and many are free. Hundreds of these applications, or "apps," became available yesterday through the App Store, part of Apple's iTunes Internet retail service.