“Before people hand over their hard-earned cash for Apple’s new iPhone 4, they should first step back and take a sober look at the eye-popping features that stir the emotions, but may ultimately disappoint,” Antone Gonsalves reports for InformationWeek.
MacDailyNews Take: You’re not going to stop anyone Antone, but go ahead, give it your best shot.
Gonsalves continues, “Among the features that have put the wow in the smartphone introduced Monday is videoconferencing, which Apple has made as simple as making a phone call. Unfortunately, there will be very few occasions in which most people will find the capability useful. For starters, with AT&T struggling to handle network traffic from the current iPhone, Apple had no choice but to offer videoconferencing over Wi-Fi only. In addition, the feature only works with other iPhone 4s. Surprisingly, Apple did not make it possible for people to make video calls to friends and family with iChat videoconferencing on a Mac. Also, given that there are few standards for video calling between different devices, ubiquitous video calling on a smartphone is still a long ways off. ‘What really needs to happen is for standards bodies to kick in and start looking at this problem,’ Ken Dulaney, analyst for Gartner, told InformationWeek Tuesday. ‘A lot of work needs to be done.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Apple is open-sourcing FaceTime. There, a lot of work has already been done. Then an iChat update, a Skype update, etc. and off we go! Gonsalves seems very U.S-centric, but iPhone 4 is a worldwide device; not all countries are as network-deprived as the U.S. Even the U.S. networks are improving because customers are demanding it. iPhone 4 will help speed up improvements.
Gonsalves continues, “In launching the device at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, chief executive Steve Jobs spoke proudly of the smartphone’s new 960- x 640-pixel, 3.5-inch display. With four times the number of pixels as the current generation iPhone, the latest device displays text, video and images noticeably sharper and clearer. While the new ‘Retina’ display will certainly have value in watching video, assuming the downloads don’t exceed a person’s data plan, the fact that the screen packs 326 pixels per square inch could present a problem in reading content. That’s because text will look smaller as a result of the increase in pixels.”
MacDailyNews Take: Text sizes are a non-issue as developers will quickly and easily take care of any issues if there are any. As for your data plan: Download your movies and TV shows to your Mac or *gack!* Windows PC and sync it to your iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) to watch on the plane like normal people. No impact whatsoever on your data plan. We checked our usage – we thought we needed “unlimited data,” but we are easily under AT&T’s new 2GB monthly cap. And we use a lot of mobile data compared to the average user – but, we use 3G only when necessary and use our Macs are our digital hubs. We then send large media downloads out from our Macs to our iOS devices. We don’t download many full-length movies over AT&T’s 3G, if at all.
Gonsalves continues, “Bottomline, if a person wants to get into Apple’s mobile ecosystem, which includes the iPhone along with its online stores and services, then iPhone 4 is a reasonable choice, particularly if that person wants the latest technology. However, if a person’s needs don’t require such a feature-rich smartphone, then something cheaper is a better choice. ‘Buy last year’s model (of iPhone),’ Dulaney said. ‘It’ll work just fine for you.'”
MacDailyNews Take: That advice works for Apple, we’re sure, but iPhone 4 offers some very serious advantages over iPhone 3GS (Retina display, gyroscope, front-facing camera, much better main camera, Apple’s A4 SoC, battery life, etc.)
Gonsalves continues, “Apple’s older iPhone 3GS, introduced last year, now sells for $99 with a two-year AT&T data plan. The iPhone 4 is scheduled to be available June 24 for $199 for 16 GB of storage and $299 for 32 GB, with a two-year plan.”
Full article here.