I must say, I was underwhelmed by the iPhone 4 announcement — and not just because of the leaks. Apparently I was not alone.
Most of the hardware changes — like a better camera — seem to be achieving parity with high end phones by Nokia et al, rather than pulling away from competitors.
The 326 dpi screen is the one exception: I haven’t seen it, and it strikes me as the sort of change that could seem underwhelming at first, but over time become a game changer.
The software changes in iPhone OS 4 (now “iOS 4”) — available to most iPhone owners — seem more impressive. Many of them are incremental, but together they should help Apple stay ahead (for now) of its rivals in terms of ease of use. Still, this feels a little like 1991, when Apple was ahead but Microsoft (now Android) was beginning to close the gap.
More seriously absent is the one change that was absolutely essential. To quote USA Today:
Well, geez, I don't like this." Jobs says about network woes during his demo. He moves on to show off differences in pictures with the retina display. And new photos do look a lot better, but the demo to show in the New York Times is failing and Jobs isn't happy.Still, the aggressive tradein policy by ATT suggests they are worried that some other carrier is coming in 2010. Let's hope that consumers get another option before the year is out.
"Scott, you got a suggestion?" Someone in the audience responds, "Verizon!" Jobs says we're actually on WiFi here.