The iPhone 4 launched to a rapturous audience throughout the world this week with 75% of purchases coming as a result of an upgrade.But early indications show a fault with the iPhone reception and it’s not a far distant cry from the wireless issues that haunted the release of the iPad. Is it better to wait for 2nd generation releases or software updates that fix these issues?Personally, I’m waiting for the White iPhone 4 and that is the only thing that stopped me queuing up with the rest of the Apple fanatics on the first day of release. But now, I might wait for these issues to be addressed. The iPhone 4 reception issue is surely a hardware fault and nothing that a software patch can fix so I’m currently sitting pretty with my (old) 3GS. Although rumours are abound that a software fix will be issued in days.Another issue that affects us here in the UK is the end of unlimited data plans. If I want to upgrade to the latest iPhone, not only do I have to pay off the rest of my contract (albeit at a discounted rate), I have to buy the phone as well, start a new contract and then forfeit my unlimited data. I thought that opening the iPhone up to competition would make the contracts more cost effective.
No sooner was it announced that the iPhone was stealing many portable gamers away from more traditional consoles, Nintendo announced the 3DS.A new iteration of the outstanding DS series, it will actually render 3D graphics without the use of glasses. Nintendo are constantly at the forefront of technical advances in gaming and there’s no doubt that there would be no XBox or Playstation without them. (The fact that the first Sony Playstation was codesigned with Nintendo is testament to this).
But, Nintendo have always taken the same stance as Apple in waiting until it is ready to announce their product. What makes this announcement even stranger is that it came straight after the release of the DSi XL in Europe. Although it has been out in Japan for many months, surely an announcement like this will put off any would be DSi XL purchasers?
If the price wasn’t too much of a giveaway, the meager one hour it took to install this ‘upgrade’ to leopard was. Everything from the name to the official wallpaper shows that that’s exactly what it is. An upgrade. It won’t go head to head with Windows 7. It doesn’t need to, it’s already streets ahead.On the face of things, I can’t see any noticable improvements with the user interface. Nothing sparkles the way it did when upgrading from Tiger to Leopard. Yes, exposé is a bit more organised and you can now scroll in stacks but these minor improvements pose the question ‘why wasn’t it like that before?’ There is the new QuickTime player (but I use VLC) and there’s support for Microsoft exchange (but I use gmail). So these changes simply don’t affect me. The greatest difference was the space it freed up. Leopard left me with 19GB on my hard drive, Snow Leopard gave me back 12GB extra space! Pretty amazing when my other laptop Asus eeepc with XP has no room on the partioned C drive for any software because it’s full to the brim with the operating system and common files!So in conclusion, Snow Leopard doesn’t give that wow factor received succeeding the installation of Leopard but for £25 and an early release, what did you expect? What will the next big cat be? That’s the one we want to look forward to!