Despite hoping beyond hope, I wasn’t surprised by anything Apple announced earlier this week. I inevitably missed the keynote, being on a plane at the time, but catching up was quick and easy.
Two iPhone models? Check.
Gaudy, tacky gold-coloured iPhoneS? Check.
Date for release of iOS7? Check.
It was interesting, but nothing to set the world on fire. I won’t be getting an iPhone 5S as I just don’t see a compelling reason. My iPhone 5 works like a dream and I’d have to pay a fortune for the upgrade. And according to Apple, installation of iOS7 on my existing devices will be like having a whole new iPhone.
We’ll see. In just a few short days.
I don’t run a multi-billion dollar technology firm, so I don’t know what kind of pressures they’re under. But I would have thought it would have been relatively easy to offer an iPhone 5S with a) increased storage above and beyond the existing 64GB model already offered and b) do something more substantial about battery life. Single digit improvements simply don’t cut it, as far as I’m concerned.
Unless something significantly changes, I’m going to hold out for an iPhone 6 which I’m hoping will have:
- Significantly better battery life
- 128GB of storage
- A larger screen
Why the obsession with storage? Well, as phones become more powerful, so do the apps that run on them, taking up more space in the process. Better screens make it easier and more enjoyable to consume video, which also takes up more storage. I’m hitting the buffers on my 64GB iPhone 5 on a regular basis through a combination of podcasts, language courses and music.
As it looks like they’ll never offer the functionality to use SD cards in any way, I’ll have to continue pining for larger built-in storage.
It wasn’t a complete washout. The inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S is exciting and I’m assuming only a flavour of what’s yet to come in terms of secure payments and truly joined up devices.
Rumours point to an iPad event in October. Let’s see if anything there can excite me and convince me to upgrade my iPad mini.