Well, we knew it was coming and finally, its here! The 3G iPhone is probably the one thing everybody was expecting to be revealed at Apple’s WWDC today.
Was it worth the wait and has it fulfilled all the hype? Well, the definitive answer I suppose will be out in July, when it gets into the hands of the average punter. No doubt some folk will get their hands on one prior to its general release. Unfortunately, yours truly is not one of those!
As for its features, well 3G has to be the most important. According to Apple, ‘3G technology gives the iPhone fast access to the Internet and email over cellular networks around the world. It also makes it possible to do more in more places: Surf the web, download email, get directions, and watch video — even while you’re on a call.’
Next in the list comes App Store (remember 3G means, for most folk, email, GPS, enterprise features etc.).
According to Apple, ‘Tap into the App Store and you’ll find applications in every category, from games to business, education to entertainment, finance to health and fitness, productivity to social networking. These applications have been designed to take advantage of iPhone features such as Multi-Touch, the accelerometer, wireless, and GPS. And some are even free. You download them wirelessly and can start using them right away.’
Working over the phone network or Wi-Fi, App Store will mean you’ll always have access to latest version of any applications you have downloaded or purchased. It even tells you when there are updates available… how cool is that!
For me those are the main highlights of the iPhone, apart from one other very important aspect. Its not a feature… its the price. Apple promises it will be ‘half the price’ though how that actually works out over here in the UK I have yet to ascertain. The exchange rate is different when buying technology than in the real world, so for example, if its $399 in the States its never £200 here! I guess I’ll have to visit the O2 site and find out.
So, for now, it looks great and I can’t wait to get my hands on one; how soon depends on how much it will be in the UK.