The battle of BlackBerry vs. iPhone will get a little more interesting come September when RIM (BlackBerry manufacturer) releases a long overdue manager program for Mac users. BlackBerry has been known as a company who has completely ignored Mac users, a flaw that I think has ended up costing them 13 million iPhones.
Apparently, the BlackBerry manager program will let you sync to iTunes, add/remove apps, back-up your software, update firmware, and manage multiple BlackBerries at the same time. Clearly taking a cue from Apple’s iTunes homepage when syncing the iPhone, the BlackBerry desktop manager interface looks to be as much of a replica as an application can get.
The program does not have an official release date, but according to TUAW.com, it is set to launch sometime in September.
BlackBerry is finally moving in the “ease-of-use” direction, which is not something in which it was well-known. Once it clears up some interface issues with each of its devices, I would consider owning one. But when it comes down to it, if I have the option between a messy BlackBerry interface with confusing syncing options and a small viewing screen, or an iPhone with a very simple, clean interface and extremely easy syncing options and a true web experience on the 3.5″ diagonal wide screen, that has synced to my iTunes since the day I bought it, I will probably buy an iPhone.