Yes, it’s that time when the hype has built up to a crescendo. The rumours are flying around about the exact make-up. The coverage is pretty much blanketing everyone, possibly the only place you’d not have heard about it is the moon. No, believe it or not I’m not talking about the latest series of Big Brother (Or Big something else as I affectionately refer to it), but the release of the 3G iPhone.
Yesterday was the Apple Keynote that everyone has been waiting for with bated breath (apparently). In fact, trawling through various blogs you’d be hard pushed to find anything else even mentioned let alone talked about. Apple appear to have succeeded once again in garnering almost unprecedented levels of excitement surrounding the release of the new iPhone.
But just what did we learn? Well, not a huge amount that you wouldn’t have known already had you been even remotely curious about this particular little box of tricks. It was confirmed that the iPhone packs in UMTS, HSDPA, GSM, Wi-Fi, EDGE, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. Maybe more tellingly it was also confirmed (for the US at least) that the iPhone will require a 2 year contract with provider AT&T and still incur a handset cost of $199, or $299 depending on whether you get the 8 or 16 GB model.
Despite the impressive array of acronym’s the iPhone will, at launch, still be lacking video capability, although this is expected to be available via a software update soon enough. The camera has not been upgraded at all from the original iPhone, and is still 2Mega Pixel. The spec list can be found here.
O2 have confirmed they will still be the solitary UK supplier for the iPhone, and early tariff information can be found here.
As you may have gathered by the general tone of this post I myself remain largely under whelmed by the iPhone, but judging by the blogs and forums mine is not the popular consensus. No doubt the new iPhone will be just as big a hit as the last version, and the model they release next year will do likewise, and the one the year after that, and the, well you get the idea.