It’s time for the digital hub to quietly die

In a post about iPhone calendar syncing, John Gruber notes this:

“But as it stands today, with MobileMe syncing, there is no hub.”

John is right – and it’s now time for the digital hub to go away.

With the iPhone 2.0 release, iTunes has been reduced to music transfer, podcast hub and playlist management. Contacts, email, calendars are all pushed from the cloud. Songs and applications can be bought directly from the iPhone and iPod Touch. It wouldn’t take much to completely set the iPhone free.