Ok, I have to admit. Apple marketing gets to me (or is it that Apple marketing gets me?) Yup, iPhone 4 was announced today and I have to say that soon after I started watching the relevant video I am quickly falling out of love with my iPhone 3GS. Joking aside, this is one cool device but what I am most excited about are two things:
First is FaceTime. That opening scene on the video is me, let me explain. A few weeks back I was working from Europe and I was on Skype video with my wife and kid everyday. Granted I would not have paid roaming charges for a voice call from my cell phone but I would have loved the capability of placing a video call over Wi-Fi without having to carry my laptop around. Now if only Apple would allow a FaceTime call from an iPhone 4 to any other device (laptop, Cisco IP video phone, network connected TV, whatever has a camera and a network connection), but they have phones to sell so I have to respect the network externalities that they are pushing for.
Second is 802.11n. iPhone 4 will support 802.11n in 2.4 GHz only – which is not necessarily great news for enterprise use -- as most 802.11n networks are running on the 5GHz band -- but is great news for home use. What is more exciting about this development is the battery innovations. Handheld devices stayed away from 802.11n because of the battery life limitations. I bet we will start seeing other handheld type of devices coming out with 802.11n soon, and that can only be good news for everyone.
Isn’t it amazing that a mere 5 days ago AT&T announced the end of unlimited 3G data and today we see a new device introduction that is banking on an extremely bandwidth intensive application (FaceTime) to sell more units? I think my hypothesis about secure and pervasive Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere is gaining some more momentum.
Now, if only I can find an excuse to get the new gadget. When is Father’s day again?