By now, it’s old news that the iPhone 3G is available, but I’ve seen a couple already and wanted to take a look at the new features that make this phone what it is. One of the great things about this launch is the availability in more countries than before. It’s available here, in Canada, for instance via Rogers. The only thing that sucks is the plans that are available here: Only 6gb for 30$, while data is unlimited almost everywhere else.
The biggest new feature on the iPhone, and what gives it its name is the 3G capability. 3G is the most recent cellular network standard and allows service providers to offer greater speeds and services on their networks. Apple has added the GPS functionnalities directly on the iPhone this time around.
I had a customer ask me to setup his iPhone to connect with his Exchange Server with the first version and, although I got it to work, it was still a pain to setup. This new version boasts better Exchange server support. I will certainly be taking a look at that one to see if the improvement was worthwhile. The other new features are listed below:
- Flush headphone jack
- Improved audio
- Thinner edges
- Longer battery life
- Firmware version 2.0
- Syncs with MobileMe
The new firmware includes support for the AppStore so you should be able to get many new applications for you iPhone 3G. The new set of features is pretty good and may make the upgrade worthwhile to many avid users but it shouldn’t anger the early adopters by making their “old” iphones too deprecated just yet.
For those who are hoping to hack or “jailbreak” their iPhone 3G, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before you can do so and install all the 3rd party apps you want. Although Apple is forcing end-users to get a contract in order to buy an iPhone, some units will surely be available via eBay or other outlets when a hack becomes available.