Has The Reg been invited then?
Apple has started to send out invites for an announcement on 4 October and, judging by the familiar app icons in the email artwork, accompanied with the tagline "Let's talk iPhone", the event will be all about unveiling the next Apple handset. Apple iPhone event The invites confirm widespread rumours that the early October …
"if you post zero Apple stories for a full, and I mean full, month you maychance get your invites back."
Nothing short of several years of brown-nosing of the sort you can see virtually daily at, for example, the Graun's tech site would have any effect. El Reg is on Cupertino's shit list - you can judge a web-site by their enemies. In common with very many examples of BigCorp Apple is totally anal about being in any way, large or small, dissed.
It can't be the "4S". The only reason an S model was ever released (3GS) was because the 3 in the title had nothing to do with it being the third iPhone. In that example, the successor to the 3G could never have been called the iPhone 4, as it wasn't the fourth.
Still, it's Apple, and they can do whatever they like I suppose..
Such is the maniacal fervour that has been instilled in the faithful, and the wild flights of fancy entertained by the physics-illiterate tech media, I think there can only be a deep (but never to be told) disappointment after the launch when:
The "MindBoard" thought-control function chooses only the filthiest thoughts of the user (but that's just like the regular iPhone keyboard, I guess)
The revolutionary "AirCase" amorphous mist construction makes device impossible to pick up.
The improved "TimeWarp" clock compensation system only bends time and space in a radius of 10 km as a correction when it screws up your wake-up alarm. again.
The quantum battery is not only not user replaceable, but cannot be accurately located within the enclosure, which is just as well, because it's impossible to add a second one.
Apple's magical "RealLife" projected holographic immersive 3D chat system requires other party to not just be on WiFi, but also be in line-of-sight of caller, and in audible range (but at least it works when the phone's off)
The "TruthHound" built-in polygraph doesn't work with within the 95014 ZIP-code.
People still don't talk to you.
I'm in exactly the same position.
My 3GS is battered and bruised but still functional.
I could have replaced it a long time ago with an iPhone4 or any number of Android equivalents, but I haven't.
Does this tell me all I need to know, that despite not really liking Apple I will end up with a new iPhone?
Yes, I know I should have waited... but I needed to replace my iPhone 3GS, and Carphone Warehouse have them going very cheap.
I'm gambling that the new announcement will be an incremental improvement, rather than a massive quantum leap in technology.
If I am wrong, I will cry in my beer.....
... mine's the coat with the iPhone 4 bulge in the pocket...
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