Apple’s iPhone Announcement … For Real This Time
• 3.5” Multi Touch Display, 640 x 960, 326 ppi
• 16 and 32 GB Capacity
• Quad Band GSM/EDGE/ UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1
• 5.0 MP back camera, VGA front facing camera, 720p/30 video recording
• GPS, Digital Compass
• Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity and Ambient light sensor
• Runs iOS 4.0
• $599 and $699 off contract, $199 and $299 with 2 year contract
It’s about time they upgraded that display, I’ve been using at least VGA resolution since 2005. I find it fascinating that people think Apple somehow pioneered the first 300+ ppi display. My old phone that I just sold on eBay had a ppi of 360. I hate the name Retina display, but it will have Apple’s target demographic buzzing. I can understand the reason behind the name as most people don’t understand the specs. It’s also at the point where it really doesn’t matter how many pixels it has, it just looks great. It’s interesting most people never cared about the display the iPhone had before. It was always a big thing for me and a reason I never considered an iPhone in the first place. I’m glad that’s now a non-issue. But it’s funny how people who didn’t care before will champion that as one of the main reasons to get this phone.
The storage didn’t increase and for most people it’s another non-issue. But for anyone who wants to shoot and edit 720p video it might be. I guess they had to save a few things to get people to upgrade next year. If you’re looking for the best video and picture taking experience within a phone, iPhone is for you. If you’re looking for the best video and picture taking experience period, you’re still better off with a dedicated device.
Everyone is touting how big of a jump the iPhone 4 is and it’s only because Apple slacked the last 2 years with minor incremental updates with the 3G and 3GS. They let their device fall behind on specs and sold the device on its software, ecosystem and usability. With actual competition mounting within the last year, Apple had to update their phone. Apple knew they had to have a phone that could stay relevant for 12-18 months.
The way I see it, if you’re an Apple fan, iPhone 4 will assure that Apple keeps your business. For those that aren’t it really doesn’t change anything about how you use the device. They haven’t introduced another form factor, they haven’t improved the notification system, they haven’t added any widgets or additional functionality to the home screen, they continue to charge for Mobile Me when their competitors give that level of service away for free and they haven’t integrated social media within the core of the OS. It is still just a glorified app launcher and if you didn’t get why it was so popular before, nothing is going to change your mind with version 4.