The original 2G iPhone was released in 2007, and in close to five years, there have been as many generations of this smartphone.
Now, while I own an iPhone 3GS only because my phone company gave it to me for free, I do have to say that I'm a converted believer. I love my iPhone, it's the best thing since the internet and sliced bread.
That being said, I feel like Apple is laughing at us as consumers.
I suspect that they had this planned from the beginning. "We'll just keep releasing new versions with incremental improvements so that people keep buying the same product over and over again"
No wonder they're freaking rich.
What's worse, I'm positive that many people have actually purchased all four previous versions and will now be the firsts to pre-order the iPhone 4S. Just because Apple says it's the latest and greatest. Sheesh.
So I watched their little video, and read all about their "most amazing iPhone yet", but here are five reasons why I'm really underwhelmed by the new iPhone's features:
- They didn't even bother to change the design, or upgrade the size of the display, using some excuse about the size needing to be consistent for app design purposes. Funny, they were able to adapt to the display size for the iPad. Just saying
- They still haven't introduced 4G ... what's the hold up exactly? Oh, of course, that will be the next incremental improvement.
- There are still no live wallpaper widgets, which are pretty awesome on Android.
- The only real visible improvement seems to be the upgrade to an 8 MPX camera, which isn't that exciting, considering that this doesn't necessarily translate to better pictures.
- It's supposedly twice as fast as the iPhone 4, but I have an iPhone 3GS, and have no complaints about the speed.
The introduction of Siri frightens me a little bit. They are hailing it as a personal assistant, but I'm weary of voice command software, not having been very successful with it in the past. In the video, they show the guy having his texts read to him and him replying vocally, and the text being written for him and sent. Hmmm, if this feature works anything like auto correct, you could be receiving / sending some very strange texts... I'll reserve judgement for now.
In conclusion, while I sometimes wish I could upgrade my iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4, the only real reason I do is for the front facing camera, and flash on the back. So if you already own an iPhone 4, it's barely worth running out to get an iPhone 4S.
Save your money for the iPhone 5, we may not have a release date yet, but it should be coming soon...
Unless whether your apps load in 6 or 3 seconds is important enough to you that you'd be willing to shell out $649.99 for it.