So, I was able to withstand the temptation to get a Palm Pre over the weekend, but that did not stop me from harassing my friend, Bob, for every last detail of his experience in buying one. Bob shares my gadget obsession and he had been trying to decide which cell phone to get next. Of course, I had thrown the iPhone out there as an option for him, but he wanted to see how things would go with Sprint, his current carrier, which is understandable.
WWDC is coming up soon and I’ve been keeping an eye on the iPhone rumors and cobbling together my own wish list of what the next iPhone model will have. I have seen some people question whether or not Apple will actually introduce a new iPhone model this summer. Some have even speculated that with Steve Jobs out on leave, no new iPhone models will be released until he returns. Personally, I think that’s pure and utter poppycock. Steve Jobs is an important asset at Apple, but I don’t think Apple will delay a product lunch for him – other leaders there still have a stock price to worry about and a CEO on leave doesn’t void their responsibility to stockholders. Besides, Apple has done a very good job, so far, preparing the market for the day that Steve Jobs is gone – the company has clearly survived a Macworld Expo without him, he’s been on leave now for several months and nothing has exploded at Apple HQ, and I’m sure WWDC will bring us new products and some good stuff about Snow Leopard.
- Automatic sound/vibrate mode profile switching based on location
- iTunes synchronization via Wi-Fi
- On-device podcast subscription management (within the iPod app)
Apple sent out invitations to the press yesterday for an event to be held on March 17 to preview the 3.0 firmware for the iPhone. (No, I did not get this press invite for my day job, unfortunately. Even if I had, I wouldn’t get to fly to the west coast to attend.) I am quite excited about this event, though I do worry it will essentially be another massive teaser where they’ll show all this cool stuff and nothing will be available for months. I hope I’m wrong about that.