Looks like Apple now believes that it has said a little too much with the new Leopard feature pages. Yesterday it backpedaled on letting us use an AirPort Disk with Time Machine, and now it appears as though all references to the iPhone have been removed from the "300+ new features" page.
This includes something we talked about in a report last week: the 300+ features page had
confirmed fueled assumptions that the iPhone would sync Notes with Leopard's Mail. It's gone now. Erased from existence, just like any trace of Time Machine and AirDisks. If you're still holding out hope, it's a good thing we saved a screenshot.
So what's the deal with this new feature edit? Has the previously-assumed Notes syncing feature been stricken off the iPhone's firmware to-do list? Or is Apple simply trying to stick to its MO in keeping most new iPhone features under wraps until they're ready to roll? Even more important: can we ask any more questions in a single paragraph? Honestly we aren't sure, but we will continue to keep our feelers out for developments.
Gruber and commenters are right: Apple never confirmed that Leopard's Mail would sync notes with the iPhone Notes application. At best this is an assumption I and many others made due to the similarities in the name and UI of "Notes" between implementations in the new Mail and the iPhone. There are at least two other reasons I think many people hope this happens though.
The first is that many other smartphones sync their respective notes with some kind of desktop counterpart. Windows Mobile phones (and BlackBerry too?) sync notes to Outlook, and even third-party apps for the Mac will sync notes from Windows Mobile and BlackBerry to Entourage and Yojimbo. The fact that the iPhone doesn't (yet) in light of Mail gaining a Notes feature simply feels like a glaring omission. The second is that, put simply, being forced to drill in and out of folders (between e-mail and notes) in Mail on the iPhone is absolutely mind-numbing. I would go so far as to call it virtually useless, especially since you can't create a "note" on the iPhone and save it in the proper Notes folder for Leopard's Mail to pick it up, i.e., it isn't a two way system for now.
So even though nothing is confirmed, I'll be very surprised if Apple doesn't bring syncing to notes in Leopard's Mail and the iPhone's Notes application within the next one or two iPhone/Leopard software updates. This wouldn't need to be a Mac-only feature either, since the iPhone could sync notes with Outlook on Windows.