So we got exactly what we expected...
Apple has today unveiled the 'iPhone 3G S' - the third generation of its handset line with a focus on faster performance, better battery life and video recording. And yes, the 'S' stands for 'Speed'.
So the new stuff:
- 7.2Mbit HSDPA
- 2-3x faster operation (no CPU/Memory figures were revealed)
- A 3 megapixel camera with autofocus & macro mode
- Video recording at up to 30fps VGA with built in editing
- The long expected Digital Compass
- 16GB and 32GB capacity options
- Battery life boosted to 9 hours WiFi surfing, 10 hours video playback, 30 hours continuous audio, 12 hours of 2G talk time and 5 hours of 3G talk time (read: hopefully enough to get us through the day)
What we didn't see includes:
- Larger/higher resolution/OLED screen (it remains 3.5in 320 x 480 pixels)
- Design overhaul
- Qwerty keyboard or 'nano' edition
- Front mounted camera for video calls
- microSD support (never likely)
- An FM tuner
- The much rumoured rubberised new back
- A camera flash
- A significant change in weight or dimensions
In sum - and an attempt to bring some sanity to the wailing (both positive and negative) you're likely to find around the web - this is exactly what was anticipated. The enhancements are most welcome though it didn't seem too much to ask for an OLED display and LED/Xenon flash. Importantly, we have no issue with the 3MP camera resolution - our reaction will depend entirely on how well/poorly Apple has implemented the image processing and light sensor.
All in all, we have a sensible third generation device, if not a thrilling one.
In related news iPhone OS 3.0 will launch on 17 June with the usual free-for-iPhone-owners-$9.95-for-iPod-touch system. Touch owners looking for some consolation, I'd expect a 64GB version in the not too distant future.
For an extensive list of previously announced iPhone OS 3.0 features (there are a lot) check the links below. So could've been better, could've been worse...