Well in case you live under a rock, you undoubtedly heard that Apple came out with a new iPhone yesterday. Even before it came out, I told you why you shouldn’t get one. Well now that we know a little more information about it, lets look again.
I will hand it to Apple, the jump from iPhone OS3 to i OS 4 is a much bigger jump than Android 2.1 to Android 2.2. iOS 4 introduced a lot of features that iUsers desperately needed, such as multitasking, threaded-email, folder support and tethering. (Which Jobs left out of his keynote speech for some reason). So rejoice iUsers, you’re going to be getting some good stuff! (If any iUsers are even reading this, lol)
Don’t let Jobs’ puppy dog face fool you tho, what may be new to Apple-land, is yesterdays cookies for Android users.
- Multi-tasking – Goes back to the very first Android phone, the G1 (circa 2008)
- Threaded Email – Same as above, G1 had it 2 years ago.
- Folders, Video Sharing & tap to focus has existed on previous versions of Android for a while now
- Tethering – This has been around on Android for a while as well. But Sprint is more gung-ho about it with their EVO 4G
So there you have it, iOS 4’s “amazing” new features that the Android community has been basking in for quite some time. Not to mention that Apple’s video calling is only iPhone 4 to iPhone 4. Compare that to Android, which is phone to phone, platform to platrorm (with Fring & Skype)… and did I mention Apple only supports it via wifi? So now that Apple has finally caught up to Google’s OS, it’s time for them to fall behind again.
Last month at Google’s I/O, they announced a major upgrade to the Android Market that wirelessly installs apps from the web to your phone. A fantastic new feature that was nowhere to be found during Mr. Jobs’ keynote. Welcome to the cloud Apple, how’s the view from down there?
But it’s not all bad news for Apple fans, Farmville, the revolutionary farming simulator, will be the app to have for the iPhone.