Monday, April 19, 2010

If this is the new iPhone, I'll keep my old one

Gizmodo has a scoop on what appears to be the next iPhone.  Gadget sites have posted blurry screenshots of new toys before.  This isn't a hazy third-hand report of something that may or may not be a real phone.  This is an actual prototype phone someone found in a bar in California.  Gizmodo's writers took the thing apart and confirmed that it has Apple hardware inside and a general Apple hardware feel to the outside.  Apple remotely "killed" the phone before the editors could play with the OS but everything else they were able to do indicated that it's as close as we'll get in April to a new iPhone slated for a June release.  It's as thorough a dissection of a prototype gadget that I've ever seen from a blog.

What makes me happy about this information is that there's not much in their analysis that makes me feel that I'll need to get my hands on a new iPhone this summer.  I'm really happy with the iPhone 3GS I bought last July.  I don't want to be one of those people who has to get the newest phone as soon as it's released every year.  I bought my 3GS with the intention of keeping it for two years.  From what I've seen of the new iPhone, I'll be happy with my old phone and the iPhone OS 4.0 upgrade when it's released later this year.

3 comments:

tidesong ♫ said...

So, if I want an iPhone, maybe I should get one before the new one comes out?

Phil said...

No, you should wait unless you absolutely need one now. In June or July you can get this new iPhone for the subsidized price of $200 or $300. But my iPhone is just a year old and I'd have to pay the full price of $500 or $600 to get a new one this summer. If I can wait until the summer of 2011 I can get the next iPhone (or this one) for the subsidized price.

tidesong ♫ said...

Ah, okay, thanks. I'm with AT&T and I can get a new phone now, but I'll wait. I was pondering switching carriers though. Sprint has a nice all-inclusive plan that's pretty decently priced in comparison. I just know I'm going to want a smartphone of some sort, and an iPhone seemed the logical choice.... I guess I need to start doing some research.