Earlier today at Apple’s Worldwide Web Developers Conference, Steve Jobs officially announced what we already knew existed, the iPhone 4. As these things go, nothing announced really surprised me about the new version of the iPhone such as video chat, HD video recording, longer battery life, etc. However, there is one “feature” conspicuously missing that will hurt the iPhone 4 in the long run, 4G connectivity.
This new version was being called the “iPhone 4G” for quite awhile in the blogosphere. Speculation existed that this meant there would be a new 4G network in the works. While AT&T is probably working on developing it, the iPhone 4 announced today is meant for the 3G network and “4″ means fourth generation. The network is largely out of Apple’s control, however, I still am somewhat puzzled by why Apple has not aggressively pursued other service providers.
So, in short, I’m not going to upgrade just yet. We are on the verge of a shift towards 4G data networks, and by not offering this ahead of the game, they may have just put themselves behind. But if that Verizon iPhone comes out, I’ll be there in a heart beat.