Everything but the Kitchen Sink…

Well, we knew it was coming and Apple didn’t disappoint with their latest version of the iPhone.

iPhone 3Gs is, according to the folks in Cupertino, the fastest, most versatile and user friendly mobile device on the market today*. For less than $200, the newest member of the family offers a slew of new features. I recommend watching the guided tour for a comprehensive run-through.  For those of you without 15 minutes to spare, here’s the recap.

Need for Speed

According to the guided tour, the first thing you will notice is the increased speed of iPhone. Opening, closing and switching between apps has been increased.  Early reports from the blogosphere are predicting almost 4-times faster than the current model.  Increased data speeds are expected and Safari has been engineered to render pages faster for an even more enjoyable mobile web experience.

Say Cheese

It’s no surprise to those of us carrying previous models that iPhone’s camera has been somewhat less staggering in mobile photo taking. 3Gs will now offer a 3 megapixel camera with  quick-tap autofocus and auto white balance.  As soon as you open the camera application, the image will be auto-focused. Want to switch focus to another object on the screen, just tap it and the camera quickly adjusts to place that item in focus.  With a flick of your finger, you can now shoot 30 fps video and edit it on the fly with an intuitive, iMovie-inspired interface.  As soon as your finished you can save the movies and images directly to your camera roll or send them via MMS (that’s right) to friends and family.

CCP – Cut, Copy and Paste

We’ve all been waiting for it for quite some time and it is finally here. And like all good things, it has come to those who waited…in a big way. With a quick tap of your finger on a word, sentence and images, you can quickly move content from web pages to emails, notes and text messages without losing the original formatting.

You Were Saying?

Voice control is now standard on iPhone 3Gs. Holding down the “home” button, you can now tell your phone what you want.  And in true Apple style, this has not been relegated to just phone operations.  Voice dialing is complimented by voice searching and iPod control including iTunes genius which plays similar songs and a very handy “who sings this” feature that answers you with artist and song names.

But wait, there’s more

Spotlight search is now available across every aspect of your phone. Flick your home-screen to the left and start typing. In an instant, music, emails, notes, pictures and videos are quickly recalled to match your search criteria. A new, built-in digital compass shows you the way north and automatically re-orients maps to show you the direction you’re currently facing. Voice memos, a landscape keyboard and my new favorite, built-in Nike+, makes the new iPhone 3Gs worth upgrading to for those who haven’t yet made the leap and those of us who have been holding on to our 1st generation devices until Apple truly made it worth our while.  All these features and more can be found on Apple’s iPhone site.

Now for the Bad News

Unfortunately for consumers and developers, the new iPhone is not without some techno-baggage.  In what some may call “True Apple Fashion” the new iPhone provides consumers and developers with new opportunities that may ultimately leave previous devices in the dust. According to our lead iPhone developer, the 3GS will create the “biggest gap” to date between devices.  Advances in operating systems, features and most notably Open GL, which will provide a substantial boost in how 3D is handled on the phone may do more than just make it optimal for you to upgrade devices, it may make it mandatory.

So what have you been waiting for?

* The iPhone isn’t actually available until June 19 and will come in two models: 16gb ($199) and 32gb ($299).  And just in case you were thinking of upgrading mid-contract, make sure you read the fine print which basically says “Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract, sold separately to qualified customers; credit check required; must be 18 or older. For non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB).”

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