So Stave Jobs, CEO of Apple, got on stage at the WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) and gave his keynote address. As always there were a lot of high hopes and expectations and as always some were met and some were not. Lets take a quick look at what we got, and what we didn’t.
- New body style
- Thinner than iPhone 3Gs
- New medal band around the edges improves antenna reception
- Available in white and black
- New gyroscope to detect 3D space
- Higher resolution screen (326 pixels per inch) roughly 4X previous iPhone
- Second noise-cancelling microphone
- Front facing camera
- Improved 5 Megapixel camera
- Allows you to record HD video
- LED flash
- Micro SD card slot
- Better, bigger batter
- 16 GB = $199, 32 GB = $299 (with 2 year contract)
- Preorder June 15th
- Available June 24th
iOS 4 (previously iPhone OS 4)
- Folders for apps
- iBooks now available on iPhone
- NetFlix now available on iPhone
- FaceTime – video calls (iPhone 4 only) (Wifi only)
- Pre-order June 15th
- Available for iPhone 3G & 3Gs June 21st
- If you are within 6 months of your AT&T contract coming up, you can upgrade
- No mention of any Mac or OSX hardware or software
- STILL NO VERIZON, STILL STUCK WITH AT&T!
So what is my take? As someone with a 3Gs and more than a year left on my contract it wasn’t too earth shattering. Sure, I’m looking forward to downloading iOS 4 on my phone and NetFlix will be awesome on it but there isn’t enough to make me even think about upgrading (not to mention I don’t have the money to break my contract and upgrade). I’m sure MiAmoreNYC and I will get the 5th generation iPhone when it comes out in 2011 and our contract runs out. I love my iPhone, we both do, but since AT&T started messing with the network about 6 months ago it has become almost impossible to use it as a phone.
It is now clear why AT&T is moving to the 2GB, $25 a month plan for new subscribers, things like NetFlix and FaceTime are going to crush their network even more than it already is. And yet, still no Verizon or anyone, just AT&T. I was hoping for this because even though I can’t afford to move to anyone else, at least it would lighten the load on AT&T’s networks.
So in the end we got a new iPhone, a new iPhone OS (that unlike previous versions will be free for everyone to download; 3G, 3Gs and iPad users alike) and nothing else. I, like everyone else, was hoping the limited data thing would be the straw that broke the camel’s back and the exclusivity with AT&T.
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