Let me concentrate for the moment on something that the new model will help seniors like me with. I will be able to read it at last – Of course I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know how much easier it will be. It has a 4 inch screen, replacing the 3.5 inch. And it designed to provide more space to show movies when turned on its side.
I know it is considered wonderful to make things as small as possible, and the iPhone does that too. It is smaller, thinner and lighter.
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It also will be 4G capable. That extra speed would impress me more if it wasn’t so unclear who is going to have such service, and where it will be available. Wildly conflicting claims have been made. At the start, at least, it may be 4G “lite.”
For those who play games, send photos, and so forth that will probably make a big difference.
For those, who like me use it to read emails, news and even file news, it may not amount to a hill of beans.
One minor annoyance is that the dock has been changed. But it still has a USB connection on one end, and all my other Apple devices, including my iMac, can still connect to earlier iPhones. An adaptor no doubt will be offered.
Longer battery life is claimed but that probably means it will run longer without a recharge. Almost no one keeps an iPhone long enough for the battery to completely die. Providers seduce them into upgrading to an almost-free new phone every two years, which means they are obligated for another two years.
It won’t, as claimed in the Borowitz humor column, solve all your life problems.
If predictions of millions of buyers waiting impatiently are true don’t expect to get your hands on one soon.