Originally Posted by jpokorny
I for one, am sort of disappointed. What was I expecting? I'm not sure. Innovation, I guess.
I have a 3GS. I love it. I have noticed it being a bit slower with iOS 4. My music did not skip on iOS 3. I would sort of like to use Facetime, but I have an iPad 2 for that. Yes, I would like a HD camera, the iPad 2 camera sucks in my opinion.
So why should I upgrade to a 4s? Siri doesnt really do it for me. Sure, an A5 would be nice. Im really holding out for iOS 5. Im mean, if the 3GS didnt run iOS 5, I would upgrade in a minute.
So $199 for an HD camera, a better display, and faster chip? I dont play games on the phone.
Im also stuck on the "S" upgrade cycle. If I upgrade now, it'll be 2 years before I can upgrade again. Say next year the real iPhone 5 comes out. I wont be able to upgrade without paying more. So I wait until the 5s?
Also, I was hoping for an upgraded Apple TV. I have a first gen Apple TV. Would like a 2nd, but dont want to buy one if a 3rd is coming out soon...which apparently it's not.
Im not a "hater" or whatever. I love my Apple products, would recommend them to anyone. Im just not sure it's worth it to upgrade right now. Meanwhile the specs on the Droid Bionic look really nice...too bad I hate Droids.
Btw..these are all first world problems.
well, i have exactly the same stuff you do (plus some macs), except my ATV is V.2 (and you should get one, it's only $100, if only to use iOS 5 Screen Mirroring with your iPad 2).
but i don't have your angst. we are all stuck in two year telco contract upgrade cycles (except for those who are rich, get phones from their business, can pass along their old phone to their spouse/kids, or are hopelessly addicted to gadgets and buy them compulsively). so the thing to do is straightforward: buy a new phone every two model cycles (might be some months longer than 2 years if you are an early adopter - have a little patience). it will always be a big leap technically from your last one because you skipped one in-between model, and you will be really impressed.
the super new 4S camera alone would be enuff for me. we take a lot of snapshots and some vids. all those improvements really really matter. i will only take a separate camera when i need zoom, like vacation. so if you take many snaps or vids, get a 4S.
FaceTime is fun, my wife loves it. if you have family that can use FaceTime at the other end too, get a 4S.
you have to be on AT&T with an older 3GS. now you can shop for better service/price with Verizon or Sprint. if your service is poor, get a 4S and switch to better service.
those are compelling reasons to upgrade if they apply to you. in addition to the otherwise much superior hardware (and style) of the 4S, and the 3GS' inability to support all the new features of iOS 5. and Siri is certain to continue to evolve and expand in capabilities on the 4S, something to look forward to.
LTE and NFC, etc. will be nice to upgrade to - on the next two year cycle - once they are fully deployed and debugged (which they are not today). i can wait until the iPhone 5S or 6 or whatever it's called for them.