[Wharamurrrrrr......] The flux capacitor hisses, the time disk whirrs and I’m standing in the auditorium at the Moscone Centre on January 5th 2009. Now THAT’s fortuitous. Ooh, Steve Jobs is on stage. Let’s listen in.
He’s announcing the successor to the iPhone 3G – it’s….. the iPhone 2! Let’s see what they’ve added. Not a huge change in outward appearance, though it looks a little slimmer in profile. Ah, the camera’s been bumped up to 3.2 megapixels and there’s auto-focus and a dual LED flash. Now that’s a big improvement and will have a lot of people who had rejected the iPhone because its camera was so…. rubbish, now looking again. And it seems that videos can be recorded as well, at 400 by 240 resolution, just right for the new widescreened YouTube. Memory is 32GB as standard, just one model.
Most of the other changes are in software and will also appear as a free upgrade in firmware for the iPhone 3G and as a paid upgrade for the iPod Touches. Copy and paste has appeared (hurrah!), with an extension to the existing ‘loop’ magnifying glass system for cursor positioning. That will please a lot of people. And there’s now full support for third party applications to run in the background, albeit with stricter testing needed by Apple before their availability in the App Store. It seems the iPhone’s claim on being a smartphone is now complete.
Interestingly, the push-notify system announced over six months ago has been quietly dropped. Well, it was a kludge at best, noone’s going to miss its non-appearance.
It seems that there are plenty of eye candy tweaks too, such as being able to change the background from black (whoo-pe-doo), plus a number of enterprise-y improvements that I won’t pretend to understand. No sign of MMS, sadly.
He’s leaving the stage. Or is he? “One more thing…. I’d also like to present…”
But arghhhh – my time machine’s auto-return has been engaged and I didn’t catch his last words.
A whoosh and a hiss and I’m back a month in December 2008. Tiring, this time travel.