Today, Apple had their highly anticipated iPhone event. Yesterday I wrote about what I wanted from Apple and the event in terms of features and amazing magical revolutionary products. So? How did that go? Well, as someone cleverly stated, the S stands for Saw That Coming.
I will recount, painfully, each of the things I wanted to happen, briefly and instead what took its place. Here we go.
No More 3GS
Oh, you know that incredibly old and lame phone? It sucks. And it’s still here. Why would anyone want a chrome-back phone? Because it’s free? People care about purchase price? That’s insane.
It’s kind of funny that there are to S phones in the lineup now. Maybe S is for space, as in a space between the important things in life, I mean, product releases.
It’s the same design. Actually, I don’t mind. I honestly love the current design because it is the monolith. In fact, with Siri today and the HAL-jokes, we’re getting even closer to 2001.
Oh. What year is it again?
Since Apple kept the 3GS, I don’t know what the plan is. It stopped making sense. They could have eliminated the entire version of future-forward looking apps for developers by removing the 3GS from the line up.
Maybe next time then.
Finally, a score. The battery life in the iPhone 4S is slightly better than the iPhone 4. How much better? I think talk time has increased an hour. Who talks on their phones? Still, an increase is an increase and and anything is better than nothing.
Just because Tim Cook alludes to something in a one-off interview doesn’t mean anything is going to happen. Actually, that’s not quite true. Tim addressed the buying price of the iPhone 4S by making older models really cheap. It’s easy to gather $99 for an iPhone 4. That’s easy.
It’s the plan price. Apple didn’t address that problem this time around but it should happen, one of these years.
However, Apple is going to get Sprint into the action. Virgin Mobile lives on Sprint. They have made the iPhone 4 compatible with Sprint too, so it appears that the iPhone 4 is now also a world phone.
It was underwhelming. Since the iPhone 4S was introduced along side dulled products such as the iPod touch white and the iPod nano huge button versions, it seems to fit. How do you go through an eleven month cycle, and magically add another four, and come out with a non-significant version? Well, I wouldn’t know what to do either.
This raises questions though. The iPad 3 is probably going to be the next big mobile device, the MacBook Pro probably will be the next updated consumer computer, and there is iOS 6 waiting in the wings. The question is: what will these be like? The iPad 2 and iPhone 4S are relatively lame products, and the iPod touch 4G/5 is probably worse since it didn’t even get a new processor.