I thought I may be swayed into getting the next gen iPhone given the rumoured specifications, but alas, the upgrades are minor and very disappointing.
Apple have, inevitably, upgraded the memory to 32GB – $299 on contract. You also get a bunch of other “new” features such as:
- Video recording! Since 2003. It is VGA at 30FPS so not bad
- 3MP camera – meh – it does however, have tap to autofocus which is nice
- Other iPhone OS 3.0 upgrades, like copy and paste. -_-
From the comments in Engadget:
I name thee apple iMeh
Yesterdays meatloaf, reheated and a bit parsley on top.
But there is more to iPhone than it’s hardware. The iPhone ecosystem of apps undoubtedly makes any and every competitor jealous – some of the apps being produced lately are breathtaking – both in ingenuity and beautiful visuals. On that alone, Apple can appeal to the crowd, and thus very cleverly do not need to focus much on hardware at all.
It’s quite impressive really – deprive a handset of a feature that’s been standard for quite a few years, then release a new one, with that feature (*cough* 3G, MMS, copy and paste, video recording). Nokia does something similar, but slightly more annoying of having features you think will be standard, then removing it in the “successor”.
On a side note, some comments have mentioned lack of flash on the iPhone (light flash, although it also still lacks Adobe flash) – then making excuses that LED flash isn’t that good. I agree entirely that LED is not that good, which is exactly why the N97 should have had Xenon (my favourite gripe about the device). It would not have killed the battery – I can take >200 shots with flash on the N82 and still have 3 bars left, and would have made such a difference from being an average camera phone to being a decent all situation point and shoot camera. (I probably will not stop harping on about Xenon flash until Nokia brings it back to their flagship)
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