Tomorrow, Apple is going to release the next version of the iPhone, it will be called iPhone4S, and it will have the same form factor as the current iPhone. Â I am not sure why this is a surprise to anyone?
If you believeÂ Chinese iPhone case manufacturers, they think the next iPhone will have a teardrop design, but there is tons of evidence pointing to this being incorrect. Â I even wonder if the images of these cases are actually for iPodTouch. Â John Gruber has a great take on the teardrop skepticism.
The guts of the phone have definitely improved, faster processor, better camera, an option for 64GBs, and support for 4th Generation (4G/LTE) networks that AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have been building out so quickly this summer.
One of the nicer features we are getting with the next version of iOS is the ability to take a picture with the volume button on the side of the phone. Â I am pretty sure the teardrop design will render this feature useless.
So why is everyone going to freak out when Apple calls this an iPhone 4S, instead of 5? Â The phone is going to be a significant step forward but people are caught up by the look and feel and the silly version number. Â People think it’s not cool to have a new device if the outside is undistinguishable from the previous version. Â It makes it harder to show it off as a status symbol. Â Sometimes consumers drive me batty! Â
I think we are all missing the real point, we are getting a new phone that will run iOS5 which is a superior operating system to iOS4, and depending on your view an OS with tight integration with both Twitter and Facebook. Â And who can forget about iCloud, Music Match and the magazine store front. Â Tomorrow’s announcement is going to be huge, I just hope Tim Cook and others can fend off the criticism if the phone looks the same.