iPhone 4 announced – will it “change everything”?

Well, it turns out the unit Gizmodo had really was the new iPhone, and now it’s been officially announced by Apple. Watch the design video for a quick run-down on the new features. And don’t forget to come back here when you’re done :)

Quite a few of the new features will be part of iPhone OS 4, but there are some  nifty hardware upgrades to be had too. A new, slimmer shape which, because it has a flat back, won’t rock if you’re trying to type on it while resting it on a table. A screen of such high resolution you can’t even see an individual pixel. A 3D gyroscope enabling more precise motion sensing. And a load of other new features.

I can’t help feeling a bit annoyed at the design video, though. The new features, design, and increased battery power are all really welcome and, I have to say, when I see one of these in person I’m likely to want it, but is it going to change everything as Apple claim? The iPhone’s predecessors set the bar really high, and while the iPhone 4 is impressive I think it’s more about adding features other phones already have than about redefining mobile technology.

5 MegaPixel camera – brilliant! But my wife had that on her mobile phone three years ago. LED flash? Yep, I’ve had that before. Video calling? Had that too, except that it seems the iPhone 4 will do it over WiFi instead of over 3G. I do like the idea of having two mics, which allows for built-in noise cancellation, and  the idea of using the phone’s steel frame as the antenna is very clever, but not a game-changer. The display looks like it’s going to be interesting… crisp and vibrant, and great for playing back the HD video the phone can record, but I can’t help thinking there’s not a lot here that counts as world-shatteringly innovative.

I’ll say it again: when I see an iPhone 4 in person I can tell I’ll fall in love and want it. But is it going to change everything like the original iPhone did? I don’t think so… that’s just a bit too far.

What do you think?

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Comments

  1. budgieuk says:

    The one thing I feel is missing is some real “cloud” services… why do I have to sync my iPhone with a cable?
    Why cant I stream music from “iTunes Live”?
    All my music, photos, contacts, appointments etc. should all be automatically backed up in the cloud …. but …. I'll still be in the queue on day one with money in hand ;-)

  2. Wireless sync would have been great, as would proper cloud services (although I guess MobileMe might cover that?).

    I won't be buying one on launch – still a while to go with my 3GS contract, but I know what you mean. If I'd timed it properly I would probably be in the queue too!

  3. sadbuttrue says:

    Contacts, appointments, etc. are – if you've subscribed to MobileMe! If it did music & photos as well it would be helpful though.

    I hear what you say about game-changing, but what would you expect to see? Built-in iMovie is pretty revolutionary, as far as I'm concerned, and I like the fact that Apple are making Face Time an open standard.

    My 3G contract ran out 5 months ago, so I'll be in the queue – even if my wife thinks I'm mad ;)

  4. I'm not sure what could make it game-changing – maybe a 3D screen? I know Apple marketing can't just say, “our new iPhone is quite nice” – they have to hype it – but the idea that it'll change everything again is just getting irksome. Perhaps I'm becoming a grumpy old man!

  5. I'm not sure what could make it game-changing – maybe a 3D screen? I know Apple marketing can't just say, “our new iPhone is quite nice” – they have to hype it – but the idea that it'll change everything again is just getting irksome. Perhaps I'm becoming a grumpy old man!

  6. That's pretty much the point of the article :) The iPhone 4 is, I'm sure, going to be a lovely phone, but it's not a game-changer by any means.

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