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.