Apple again stands to make history on July 11 with its release of the iPhone 3G. And while there will be no shortage of lines filled with loyal Apple fans, this loyal Apple fan will be quite happy downloading the software update to his “old” iPhone.
The most important of all updates (and I won’t go into all of them here) is the compatibility with AT&T’s 3G network. Download speeds are supposed to as high as 1.4 Mbps. This is comparable to EDGE network’s speeds of between 75kbps & 135kbps. While that is better, it’s still not as good as WiFi. The bigger problem (for me – not everyone) is that I don’t live in one of the 280 metro areas covered by the 3G network, so my phone bill would go up & I would still be using the EDGE network.
GPS is a new feature that a lot of people are buzzing about. The drawback there is, it does not have map data loaded into (like popular GPS units) therefore it requires a constant data connection. And lets face it, battery life isn’t something that iPhones are known for – the 3G version being only slightly better.
So, for now I will live with my decrepit 4-month-old iPhone which is about to get new life breathed into it with the new software update. But I will have to take Rick‘s for a spin. 😉