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Here’s hoping… Apple releases a new, improved iPhone

Here's hoping...

Steve Jobs must be hitting the eggnog hard. First Time magazine named his iPhone the invention of the year. Then Google announced its most-searched word of 2007 is “iphone.” Now we are pouncing on every whispered rumor of what’s to come in 2008.

Steve deserves to celebrate. His multimedia phone totally rocks. To be able to see all our voicemails and select the order in which we listen to them is exactly what we’ve been waiting for all our lives. To be able to access Google Maps when we’re lost on the street is exactly when we need it. And to able to turn heads with that shiny status symbol is exactly the kind of attention we deserve.

Still, I have high hopes for a new, improved iPhone 2.0.

Let’s begin with the squeakiest wheel, the Edge network that iPhone currently uses. It’s slow. Not terribly slow, but too slow for the impatient tech users we have become. I want the iPhone 2.0 to operate on a 3g network so I can view and attach pronto.

Then there’s GPS. Google Maps gets you from Point A to Point B if you follow the rules. But if you inadvertently break the rules, as I often do behind the wheel, you’re stuck. I want the iPhone 2.0 to carry GPS Navigator. Don’t leave me stranded, Steve; guide me turn by turn.

Finally, I want the iPhone 2.0 to carry a Bluetooth modem so it can wirelessly provide the Internet to my laptop simply by being in close proximity. That would be beautiful.

If these requests are realized in the new-and-improved iPhone, I’ll buy it in a heartbeat. That leaves me with two more hopes: a Jan. 14 unveiling at the Macworld Conference & Expo and short lines at Apple.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by John Olson on 01/03/2008 - 08:27 am.

    The iRony of the iPhone is that it comes with its own cellular service attached to it. To adapt the phrase of one Mr. Henry Ford of our great-grandparent’s generation, if you want an iPhone, your choices for cellular service are AT&T, AT&T or AT&T.

    I know many people who own an iPhone and are thoroughly satisfied customers and I own several other Apple products, but I am not about to pay a ransom to terminate my existing service to switch over.

    My own personal hope would be that an added “feature” to future versions of the iPhone include the ability for a consumer to purchase the product through the cellular service provider of their choice and not be forced into an AT&T contract.

    If Microsoft had developed the product (versus Apple), one has to wonder what the reaction would have been from the Department of Justice?

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