And so the Wintel fanboi Apple stirring continues ;)
Although it's quite clear El Reg get a kick out of people reacting to it now, are quite aware of peoples reactions and don't really care either. Boys clubs are good like that!
There's an old saying there's no such thing as bad publicity, so the joke is on El Reg every time they post something, even when it is predominantly negative, it still helps to get the word out about the product.
I'm sure many more flaws/exploits will probably be found with the iPhone too, but that wont stop it selling by the dozen. If this had come out prior to the iPhones release then like the Sony PS3 it *may* have dampened enthusiasm and created some kind of backlash, but by the time it comes to market and a demand is established, you're doing little more than pissing into the wind.
In my opinion, anyone who is actually serious about technology, and is not blind sighted into any particular camp is probably sitting back as I am and evaluating all the technologies on the market before jumping in and being some early adopter who has caught up in all the hype.
There is already anticipation for an 'iPhone 2' for the reason that even though many see the potential of the iPhone, they also see the all the teething problems it is having too, so as the product matures, so will its market most likely (just look at the way the iPod market has developed over time with ever evolving products to make the comparison).
Similar is true for the Zune, with Zune 2.0 looking to be Microsoft's 'real' product for their launch into the EU, despite the many inadequecies of the original Zune design.
Sony's PS3 too has had spectators holding back due to short comings there, but with new firmware updates and a slowly building software library, this too gives them a chance to turn things around there as well.
So yeah, the iPhone is far from flawless, but it's a product which clearly has the right idea, but still needs to mature before it turns into the kind of product which has gained the same level of respect much of Apple's other gear often manages to get.