Steve Jobs has left the stage at the Worldwide Developer's Conference, and now it's time to evaluate what he showed off. The Apple CEO's announcement was headlined by the iPhone 4, the latest in the long and venerable line of Apple smartphones that have revolutionized the mobile market and effectively changed consumer desire.
The device includes several new features that the vast majority of consumers will be happy to find when they finally get their hands on it at the end of June.
But there are also some features lacking from the iPhone 4. And although they won't get the kind of attention that all the additions will, they are just as important to understanding what Apple's latest smartphone is all about. It's also worth noting that Apple has once again left consumers wanting a bit more if and when Apple releases an update to the iPhone in 2011.
Until then, Here are some of things missing from Apple's iPhone 4.
Once again, rumors about Apple announcing an iPhone that runs on Verizon's network have been dashed. The hardware company made it clear on Monday that it still supports AT&T and its iPhone will run exclusively on the carrier's network for the foreseeable future. That's unfortunate for enterprise customers that are locked into Verizon contracts, as well as those that want to be able to get out from under AT&T's grasps. But it's good news for Google and its Android platform, which currently runs on phones for almost every major carrier.
2. 4G support
Although it wasn't expected, some consumers were hoping to see Apple announce support for 4G connectivity at WWDC. The network standard is expected to be the next big thing in the mobile business, but it's not all that surprising that Apple didn't include it in this version of the iPhone. For one, AT&T is far away from ubiquitous 4G connectivity. And considering 3G still isn't available in many suburban and most rural locations, it would only make sense for Apple to wait for AT&T to deliver full 3G coverage before it moves to the next standard.
3. A bigger display
For all the improvements Apple has made to the iPhone, the company has yet to make the device's screen size any larger. According to Apple, the iPhone 4 boasts the same display size, 3.5-inches, as the iPhone 3GS. That's not necessarily a problem, but those that were hoping for something larger, like a 4.3-inch display, will be upset to see that Apple has opted against a change. In its place, Apple has increased the quality of the display, making it much easier to read content. It's a nice consolation prize.
4. That 8-megapixel camera
One of the iPhone's top competitors, the HTC Droid Incredible, includes an 8-megapixel camera. It's one of the key selling points of the phone, since so many people who buy smartphones use their built-in cameras to snap pictures at gatherings. For its part, Apple has improved the iPhone's camera, upping it to five megapixels. Previously, the iPhone 3GS featured a 3-megapixel camera. Some will be happy with the iPhone 4's new camera, but others will be wondering why Apple hasn't matched its chief competitor.