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New iPhone?


June 9, 2008 09:39 AM PST

Well today is potentially the day the new iPhone gets announced - or not. Many, many people are making their predictions. Instead of that I'll give a short, prioritized wish list. This is not a comprehensive list of all the things I think are deficient about the device, but it does reflect my current, top priorities.

1. 3G
2. Tethering
3. Bluetooth stereo headphone profile.

Comments (18)

Paul, June 9, 2008 11:32 AM:

What is tethering?

John, June 9, 2008 12:03 PM:

Using the phone and the expensive data plan as a modem for your laptop.

John, June 9, 2008 12:05 PM:

WWDC summary: Well 1 out of 3 isn't bad?? Or is it. No announcement of the data plan pricing was given. I assume it is the same? Shame #2 and #3 will only be addressed by hacking the phone.

J, June 9, 2008 12:17 PM:

I like the mobile me sync stuff a lot. The things Apple is doing with this phone are the things we've wanted to see in phones for years. Microsoft just totally blew WinMo. They have all the pieces, but just don't get it. I'd like the syncing for less than $100 a year, but at least they're doing it.

The GPS and $199 price are nice. Are they going to require a contract now? Really the main thing that keeps me liking this "platform" is that it's jailbroken/p0wned. Otherwise it's just another closed platform locked down by a single carrier.

A few other comments:
- Games look good.
- The Apple Proxy for internet app notifications only solves part of the problem. I want wake up notifications for many more events (picture taken, incoming call, new appointment added to calendar, etc.) There should be a large suite of events that you can register to run with. Come on - some of us remember programming cooperative multitasking :-)
- Flogging 2.5G doesn't impress me. It's Apples "fault" they didn't go 3G in the first place!

J, June 9, 2008 12:23 PM:

Also - I agree with John on the total failure to support bluetooth devices. Jobs is keeping these things locked down tight. A bluetooth keyboard or headset might be really nice...

Interesting that the black one is the cheaper one this time...

J, June 9, 2008 12:28 PM:

No camera on front of phone... A lot of people thought it would. You'd think they could develop a plastic lens system that could pipe the light from the front or back of the phone.

J, June 9, 2008 12:38 PM:

Another thing... throw a microSD slot in there already!

J, June 9, 2008 12:47 PM:

Fred is getting the wood put to him again as an iTouch owner. :-)

John, June 9, 2008 02:32 PM:

Word on the street is a 10.00 bump in the ATT data plan:

J, June 9, 2008 03:36 PM:

But that's not all bad. It seems Apple no longer gets revenue sharing from ATT. That could mean they could continue to turn a blind eye to the unlocking of the phones.

J, June 10, 2008 11:25 AM:

It seems that the minimum cost you can get the phone out of contract is for $200 + one month of service + $175 early cancellation fee + random taxes and activation costs.

Apparently, you will have to sign up for the contract at the point of purchase, and there are "no plans" to sell the phone out of contract.

Remember when you could get a PDA for $300 and the manufacturers allowed any software to run on it, and made no additional revenue through airtime, a music store or an app store? The "subsidy" of phone hardware is largely a myth.

J, June 10, 2008 11:40 AM:

Haven't seen this mentioned much, but the MobileMe suite of applications makes it clear why Safari was ported to Windows. It provides a consistent platform to run these web applications under. The upcoming version of Safari will support much faster JavaScript and the ability to run Web apps "outside the browser".

John, June 10, 2008 12:29 PM:

Is it clear that the mobileMe app will only work with Safari??

J, June 10, 2008 04:13 PM:

I would expect that it will work best with Safari. Web apps that mimic standalone apps are usually pretty fickle as to what environment they run well in.

John, June 10, 2008 06:46 PM:

George just told me that it looks like the difference between the consumer plan and the enterprise plan, which is $15.00 more, is exchange support. Also the rumor on the street is that the previous bundle of free text messages a month is also gone now.

It sure looks like Steve lost the arm wrestle with ATT.

John, June 11, 2008 10:18 AM:

Apple releases a video conferencing kit for the iPhone after all.

Ian, June 23, 2008 11:31 AM:

My guess is that Apple gets about the same amount of money per phone as they did before, but now they get the money upfront instead of getting a cut of the monthly service fee.

This could be an especially good arrangement for Apple because they don't have to worry about what you do with your phone after you buy it. If you jailbreak your iPhone and take it to another carrier, Apple doesn't lose any money.

If somebody lost in this (hypothetical) new arrangement, I don't think it was Apple.

FredB, August 21, 2008 09:31 AM:

Maybe I should have waited for an unlocked iphone to show up on ebay. Then I could use like an ipod and get iphone updates for free.

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