Apple announces a new version of iPhone, Geeks everywhere wet themselves

Apple ComputersLast year, at the end of June, Apple released a product that has done everything for everyone except cure cancer…and that may be just a hardware update away. That product was the iPhone. In my blog article that day, I mentioned that I would wait and let the early adopters ferret out the bugs and I’d consider getting one when they released version deux. I also mention that I drank cucumber soda and ate seafood flavored potato chips, but I want to focus on the iPhone part.

There turned out to not be as many problems as I originally thought there would be with the first version of iPhone. The main complaint against Apple’s phone was that it couldn’t ride the fastest AT&T cell network known as 3G, it could only use the slower EDGE (2.5G) network. This hampered one of the finer aspects of the phone, the full featured web browsing experience. Even with EDGE, the browsing experience with iPhone’s Safari browser was much better than on other phones. I use the Motorola Razr V3xx which comes with the Opera Mini browser. This is good, but not great. Once you start using the nice Safari browser on the iPhone, I guess the experience is so much like a regular desktop computer that it really becomes an issue because you want it to go faster but are hampered by the network.

Another gripe involves how the iPhone handles multimedia messaging, whereas you have to log into a separate webpage to retrieve multimedia message attachments, which, needless to say, makes picture messaging quite the hassle. There are a few other nitpicks that users have, but the network and picture messages are the most prevalent complaints.

Well, iPhone hits its first birthday in a few weeks and everyone was buzzing about the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) that starts today, most notably the keynote speech that was given by Steve Jobs at 10am PST. Will he announce the 3G iPhone?

iPhone 3G

Yes, he did announce the 3G iPhone, and it’ll arrive on July 11. I ate lunch at my desk today so I could log into one of my favorite tech sites, Engadget, and watch their live-blogging of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech. He makes a lot of announcements, not the least of which is the iPhone 3G. They also announce the iPhone v2.0 platform which adds a lot of enhancements including Outlook push email support and 3rd party application development. They are also reducing the price, the 16GB iPhone will retail for $299 (8GB for $199). That’s a great deal for all the phone you are getting. This phone acts as a cell phone, a portable internet device and an iPod.

3G iPhone

My birthday was on May 9 and my wife wanted to get me an iPhone. She however decided to get my family to give me a bunch of money so I can go buy it myself because she is always scared of making big tech purchases on her own. That was a great idea because I was hoping this new version of the iPhone would be released this summer. Now that it is, I have the means to go get me one. My wife and I are already on AT&T so it’ll be an easy switch. I can’t wait. There’s an Apple store at an outdoor shopping area called St John’s Towne Center here in Jax. I’ll probably go over there on that Friday to buy it. I’ve been slowly watching the development of this wonderful gadget and I’m finally going to jump on board with everyone else.

Engadget has all the specs and info in their “hands-on” article right here.

I was just excited about this announcement and thought I’d share. I’ll have another article up later this week.

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10 Responses to “Apple announces a new version of iPhone, Geeks everywhere wet themselves”

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