I am a fan of the iPhone, for the reason that it spurred a revolution in the mobile market. Apple took apart some of the excuses Nokia and company presented to users and developers each time we clamoured for certain features or changes.
But Apple is beginning to look like it has developed the same one-track mind that the others have. Yesterday, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 3Gs to the public.
I love the new additions, such as the 3 megapixel camera, the video recording, the more powerful processor, copy-cut-paste, internet tethering, and voice control.
But this 3rd coming of the iPhone – the 3Gs – still leaves me asking, What was Apple thinking?
Here are just two issues that I have with the iPhone 3Gs:
- Why the same shell and casing as the older model? I mean, where’s the innovation in reproducing exactly the same casing? Was cost-saving the only criteria on Apple’s board in doing this?
- The 3Gs still lacks proper multi-tasking. Doh!
Now, you understand that if I have just two issues with a phone, that phone is a good phone! The 3Gs is good. But Apple got two very vital things wrong.
On the one hand, Apple has offended fashion-conscious phone users, who would not be able to have people differentiate their spanking new 3Gs from the older models. Abomination.
On the other hand, Apple has offended geeky power users by leaving out multi-tasking. What smartphone does not multi-task these days?
A Palm Pre; anyone?