iPhone 3G S - 2x Faster, but Still no 802.11n
Looks like DaringFireball.net nailed it: the S in iPhone 3G S stands for speed. Faster processors (we're guessing both CPU and GPU in line with new ARM and PowerVR chips), new OpenGL ES 2.0 implementation (no word on OpenCL yet, which leverages GPUs and CPUs).
HSPA cell downloads are also boosted up to 7.2 Mbps, where available.
Missing in the speed-boost department, however, was any word on support for 802.11n Wi-Fi according to the Tech Specs (opens in new tab).
Guess we're waiting on fourth gen for that?
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I need to vent my frustration and disappointment. I expected a whole new handset from Apple and instead they came up with this. The name is so stupid, the only feature that is good is the addition of video, but even then, all phones have video these days. The camera's only 3.2 MP which sucks, especially for a phone at that price. Go out and buy the LG Cookie with a touchscreen, 3.2 MP Camera and a music player for less than an iPhone.
I'm so disappointed.
Noted and fixed, thanks!
Overall I agree, this is not a whole new product....it's more of a half generation product like when they went from the iPod 5G (video) to a 5.5G. If I knew for sure that they would not be releasing any other iPhone for a whole year, then I would be willing to upgrade from my 2G but since you never can tell with Apple, I might have to think this through a little more.
I was really hoping AT&T would offer a capped data plan option. I barely use my data plan (30mb per month and 50 or so texts) since I use WIFI heavily, so a jump from $20 to $35 for a comparable plan with texts is a big jump for me. Now maybe when/if I have 3G speeds I might use more data instead of searching out WIFI hotpots though.
Actually, I like the new phone. I don't need a whole new phone. I'm sure that from a marketing standpoint, analysts say 'apple needs a whole new phone', but analysts have also been saying Steve Jobs is gonna die, come back right now, Apple's gonna make a tablet, Apple's gonna go onto verizon..
and how many of us are even close to an analyst's level of know-how? We're all goofs from the internet!
Palm pre isn't looking like its too much of an oddball now, other than the lack of apps - give it time. Oh well!!!
As for me, I'm sticking with the 3g. There weren't enough new features to justify upgrading. Plus, the 3.0 software is going to make the phone seem totally new...
I can't wait for cut and paste!
The good old iPhone going on eBay today $99 starting bid. Buying a Pre this week.
em me if want to make a deal offline.
Also , I need it for the space. 16GB is a little too small always has been. If anything , I'm getting it for the space , not so much that they didn't give it a front facing camera.
Decent GPS. stop TRICKING US in believing iphone has gps!
5MP camera. Lots of cells got it.
Better external sound. Geez look at Nokia's phone. I feel embarassed when I compete!
Transfer files via bluetooth. Stop being greedy apple!
More RAM memory. Jesus christ a 2gb stick for laptop is like 50 bucks!
Even better CPU/GPU. When a new Mac comes out it's like 5x faster.. why iphone has to be only 2x?
Where the hell is multitasking? This cripples the iphone TOTALLY. WAKE UP APPLE.
No flash in camera.
No replaceble battery.. the phone is a dying clock without it.
No memory card support.
No front camera for videochat!! wake up! apple was supposed to be about innovation, not catching up to other phones.
No 802.11n (faster and farter)
Now if AT&T can just get the darn thing activated....