It is not often that phone manufacturers alter handset specifications just a few weeks before launch, but when Apple – King of the One more thing... – gets involved the rules are rewritten.
Consequently Steve Jobs has pulled a... well, typical Steve Jobs in announcing upgrades to the iPhone just 10 days before the 28 June release. Did we get the much requested 3G or GPS? Did we heck! But we did get some excellent improvements.
Key most among them is vastly increased battery life with the iPhone's previous five hour talk time now boosted to a whopping eight hours with Internet use up to six hours, video a remarkable seven hours and audio a cracking 24 hours. Standby is also fantastic at more than 250 hours, in excess of 10 days. “With 8 hours of talk time, and 24 hours of audio playback, iPhone’s battery life is longer than any other ‘Smartphone’ and even longer than most MP3 players,” said Jobsy.
In addition to its greater stamina Apple also confirmed the iPhone screen has been swapped "from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity." Apple didn't say however whether this will have a detrimental effect on the handset's weight. I suspect it will be minimal.
On a less positive note Steve J didn't reveal a price drop, something which had been widely anticipated since most of the device's criticism has centred on the $499 (4GB) and $599 (8GB) RRPs even when taking out a two year contract.
Still, while we haven't had our cake and eaten it too Apple has at least let us lick the icing...