I have been a big iPhone lover in the past; but I’m unexcited about the iPhone 3G S and I refuse to incarcerate myself in anticipation, longing and waiting for iPhone wish fulfillment ever again. The White Apple of Death still leaves a hauntingly bitter taste in my mouth a year later.
The fact that the iPhone is imprisoned on the awful AT&T network is a big reason for waiting and hoping that, one day, Apple will set us free from the AT&T awfulness.
For all the hoopla about increased speed on AT&T, my 3.0 upgraded iPhone from last year still gets lousy connections and internet throughput in Northern New Jersey.
AT&T also cranked us loyal users with a crazy upgrade scheme that confirmed for us hardcore haters that all our rueful feelings against AT&T are, indeed, justified.
Even though AT&T recanted this week and modified their upgrade policy for new phones – it’s all still just too little too late. AT&T already forced the bile from us in a punishing upgrade policy that made no sense for family plan iPhones with different upgrade dates even though all were purchased on the same day — and we’re all still awash in neverending lines of last summer.
If Apple had done the right thing by the new iPhone 3G S by giving it live video chat — I would be the first in line — but the iPhone 3G S is just an incremental update and not the mind-blowing, trendsetting, joy-inducing phone we had come to worship. A built-in compass? Am I buying a phone or a box of Cracker Jacks?
What Apple risks in this nothing 3G S “hardware upgrade” is a loss of the glisten and the gleam that made the phone a need instead of a want — but perhaps Apple are saving their best for the next version of the phone that will be unshackled from AT&T and set free to run on the network of our choosing.
It won’t take much improvement for all of us to pay AT&T an early termination fee to move the next generation iPhone to a new network — we just hope Apple gets us there in time before something prettier and better tickles our fancy and wants our wallet.