Steve Jobs announced the new model iPhone yesterday at the World Wide Developers Conference. Steve made the bold statement “This is going to change everything… all over again.”
So what’s new? As usual, Apple has created a fancy new design that looks fantastic. The back of the iPhone is now squared off instead of rounded. Personally I’m not so sure about that one, I like the way the iPhone sits in my hand, especially when I’m spending an hour or so reading from it. The new Retina display looks amazing and my save my tired eyes when I spend time catching up on my reading on my iPhone.
The other new hardware features include the new 5MP camera, which allows for HD video recording and, get this, editing your movies on the go with a simplified version of iMovie! Not sure how many people will actually use that one, but it sure sounds cool! There’s also now a front facing camera (horray!) that allows for video calling. BUT. You can only video call with another iPhone 4 and only on WiFi. Oh dear…that seems a bit limiting. But they’re heading in the right direction. Hopefully that means the iPad will feature the front facing camera on the next version. I only hope that it will include iChat or Skype video to allow for a bit of flexibility in who you can call.
The most exciting news for me, was the upgrade to the new iOS 4 operating system. As I won’t be getting a new iPhone for at least a year (due to contract restraints), the new iOS 4 will be rolled out for existing owners of the iPhone 3G and 3GS.
There are over 100 new features of iOS4. The big ones?
- Finally we get multi-tasking. What does this really mean? Well finally, we can receive Skype calls while doing something else on the iPhone. As it is currently, Skype has been very limited for me on the iPhone as I rarely just leave that open waiting for a call! It also means that turn-by-turn GPS can be running, while you do other things like listen to music in the car. It will be great for those constant social networkers too!
- The new mail setup will be a time saver. No more bouncing back and force between mail accounts. All mail can now been seen in the one place.
- ‘Folders’ will allow for organising of your apps on the screen and allow for over 2000 apps on your iPhone.
- You can create music playlists, buy from the iBook store, zoom and focus the camera, the list goes on…
Wrapping up, I think that the new iPhone looks great. The new screen would probably win me over. I won’t be rushing out to upgrade early though. The other hardware features are nice to have, but not essential in my day-to-day. The new iOS 4 will do me nicely, thank you! For those who haven’t switched to an iPhone yet though, I would say now is the time!
So, what do you think? Do you want one?