Today’s “unveiling” was pretty much a disappointment to me, as far as the iPhone is concerned. Perhaps there were too many rumors and too much hype — I actually let myself get too excited because I love technology and new electronic gadgets (toys). Personally, I was really hoping for more than just an improved camera, 1080p video recording, and a faster processor for the “new” iPhone (dual-core A5 chip). While these upgrades are great improvements, they are not revolutionary. In fact, I think these upgrades only brought the iPhone current with its biggest competitor’s hardware features, the Android.
On the more positive side of today’s announcement, iOS 5, which comes out next week (October 12, 2012), does have a lot of new features that I’m pretty excited about though! For personal reasons, I’m really looking forward to the “Card” feature. This new feature allows you to create greeting cards on your iPhone or iPad, upload it, and Apple will print a hard copy and send it out for you ($2.99 domestically and $4.99 internationally)! A second new feature of iOS 5 that I’m looking forward to is the access to the camera. One word: easyquickandconvenient! They’ve now placed the camera button right on the lock screen for quicker access and, while in camera mode, the “volume up” button becomes the shutter release button. This is a big convenience update for me! The “Wifi Sync” and “AirPlay Mirroring” are a couple notable features that I’m also looking forward to. Siri, a voice-command “personal assistant” app is also included in iOS 5. I’m not interested in talking TO my phone to get things done so this feature isn’t really a big deal to me. For a full list of iOS 5 features, you can go to Apple’s iOS 5 Features page.
Lastly, I thought Tim Cook did a fantastic job in his first public appearance as CEO. His demeanor was actually a lot like that of Steve Jobs; humble, friendly, and unassuming. Great choice as Steve Jobs’ successor!
In a nutshell, if you already own an iPhone 4, I don’t think the hardware improvements are compelling enough to get the iPhone 4s. I’m not thrilled about the iPhone 4s, but iOS 5 offers some great stuff. I’m still waiting for the iPhone 5… and iPad 3!