Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 6:00AM
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You may have noticed that there is a little hype regarding the release of the new iPhone next month. This hype is a heightened for us lucky Australians as it will be the first iPhone for us, so we can pretend it is "The Beginning". We will get the chance to drink from the chalice of popularity and coolness, legally. Yes, soon we too will be hemmed down and shackled to the big Apple like the lucky Americans and some Europeans, except for our freedom-loving Chinese, who get their iPhone, and get to eat it too.
I'm not going to pretend that I'm not affected by the allure of having a beautiful piece of electronics, just like millions of others. I'm on the list and will be checking the iPhone out on release like everyone else, but will I buy one on release? Probably not.
I don't know what sort of craziness will happen when I get to gaze upon perfection. I have been known to do silly things on impulse, especially if there is computers involved. In this case though I hope that my electronics buying "spidey senses" will kick in and I'll remember that this iPhone is a new iPhone.
What do I mean? Well, the first iPhone may be a year old and have the odd million out in the marketplace, but the New iPhone is kinda New, with a New radio (G3), New GPS, New Sync software, New Carriers, and New battery. Looks to me like the only thing tried and tested is the hype surrounding the launch.
The original iPhone had reception problems in its early days, and don't forget the missing features in the software (MMS, cut & paste). And like any mobile Phone, there were the odd failures of the hardware. If we were getting the original iPhone I would be first in line, as the hardware and software are proven. I'm going to try and wait with the New iPhone as apart from the new hardware, I'm interested in what the new software store will bring to the platform as well.
There are some big promises with the iPhone, but at the end of the day, it is just a mobile phone made in China like all the rest. As much as I believe in the Apple, sorry, Steve Job's vision, and love and use their products, I'm not blind to the hype and the limitations. Wait and watch, and make sure that you are getting the right iPhone that will save your soul.....