Jeremy and Chad both gave excellent, compelling reasons for why they ARE SO or ARE NOT upgrading to the iPhone 3G S. For certain, intelligent people will have different yet equally valid reasons for choosing to upgrade, or not to upgrade. For myself?
Apple had me at speed.
As anyone who ever managed to snag NetShare before it was yanked off the App Store, or anyone who has ever spun up PDANet, for anyone who has tethered under the iPhone 3.0 beta knows -- 3G networks are a lot faster than the iPhone 3G lets on.
The new iPhone 3G S, however, has 150% of the CPU power and 200% of the RAM.
Remember a few years back when you bought a new laptop or desktop and it had a better CPU and twice as much RAM, remember how that new experience just flew. And remember going back and trying to use your old computer again, and how it just felt so slow?
Yeah, that feeling, that's what I'm talking about.
Not only will web pages render faster at current 3G speeds, iPhone 3G S will use 3.5G/3.75G 7.2Mbps HSPA to really give them a turbo boost in areas where it's available (hurry up, AT&T!)
And all of that is in addition to the faster task/app switching, load speeds, OpenGL ES 2.0, and other, tangible, perceptive speed boosts that Apple averages out to being TWICE as fast on the iPhone 3G.
Imagine if your new car suddenly went twice as fast.
For some people it won't be worth it. For some the iPhone 3G wasn't worth upgrading from the 2G either. It depends on what you value. On a tiny screen, seconds matter to me. Waiting for a page to render or apps to switch is dead time, and I'm trying to fill the interstitial moments, not just fracture them into smaller bits.
I know expectations were impossibly high for the third generation iPhone's debut at WWDC 2009. Sites like TiPb and the rumors we all love so much didn't help. But complaining about the iPhone 3G S not being improved enough -- what did you want, a built-in espresso maker?
Apple puts new CPUs, GPUs, and RAM into their iMacs, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, etc. all the time. Much more often than case changes (hello G5 = Mac Pro!). Fashion is nice when we get it, features perfect when they make sense (I expect that Mobile iChat one year!) but it's power that will still drive mobile adaption. Performance size matters.
So I'll be lining up on Friday for a new 32GB iPhone 3G S. (No pre-orders on my carrier). And when I start using it, when web pages just pop up, when apps launch in a heartbeat, when I hit HSPA 7.2, when I load up my first OpenGL ES 7.2 game...
Well, let's just say I won't be able to go back.