Monday, June 8, 2009

WWDC actually stands for You Should Buy A Pre

I have been looking forward to this day for longer than I'd like to admit. I'd also like to say I didn't save a new shirt to wear, and spend the night at a friend's house in regards to possible new iPhones for us both. So I will pretend that never happened.

1 P.M. finally rolled around, and I spent the next two hours compulsively refreshing Engadget, Twitter, and various accessories sites, hoping for a slip up of a peak at new hardware. Nothing. The new iPhone looks exactly like the 3G, which I happen to be currently pinned to. It does however boast a doubled capacity, "faster everything," and the camera upgrade. I arguably use my iPhone mostly for it's camera, however inadequate it may be, and would love to have my video recording back. (Since the 8.2 upgrade swiftly ended my jailbroken happiness.)

Aside from the compass feature, which I can guarantee will never make me any less lost, I think that's all I will be missing out on with my current model. Existing iPhone contract holders really got screwed with this update. I've been given two prices for the cost of updating my phone, $500 and $700. I was prepared for $300. No existing 3G owner is eligible for the subsidized pricing, so the advertised $299 price point is strictly for iPhone 1st gen holders, and of course new accounts.

$500 would bother me less for some new hardware, I absolutely hate the chrome bezel. I'm also not a fan of the plastic backing whatsoever, as mine has acquired a crack in the upper right corner, while I've never dropped the phone, or had it outside of a case. And I won't even start on the lack of background apps. (RIM can do it!)

I was hoping these prices were an error, but I am coming to terms that Apple has released a phone that should have been released a year ago, and has screwed many customers in the process.


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