I originally planned on waiting until June 29th to write "Why I Still Love the iPhone One Year Later". With any luck, however, I won't have the same iPhone on 6/29.
I was one of those crazy people that stood in line overnight to get my hands on the first iPhone. Emily and I spent 20 hours in line in front of a local AT&T store and were, in fact, one of the first people in the store when they opened the doors at precisely 6:00 PM on Friday, June 29, 2007, amidst cheers and applause.
My impression of the new device and the launch event was very favorable. In my mind, I had built up the new super phone to be the greatest thing since the invention of, well, you guessed it, the phone. How do I feel about the phone a year later? I still love it. The seemless integration with my e-mail, iCal, Contacts, pictures and videos makes it one of the most useful tech gadgets I have ever used.
Having said that, I am super-excited about the rumored next generation iPhone announcement next week. Nearly all rumors point to the new iPhone running on the much faster 3G wireless network and being available in larger capacities, among other exciting offerings.
Of course I understand that next week's WWDC is about more than just the iPhone. Perhaps we'll see some new hardware. Perhaps all of the iPhone chatter has provided a convenient cloak for some other new whiz-bang; only time will tell. For me, it's all about the iPhone, so here are my hopes for what happens tomorrow on the iPhone front (in order of personal importance).
* New iPhone available for purchase * Lower price, subsidized by AT&T * 32 and 64 GB models * Copy and paste (c'mon, why did I have to wait a year for this!?!) * Picture messaging (I am so tired of the "... has sent you a picture..." messages) * Search functionality (like PBF Search) * Video camera (like PBF ShowTime) * Over-the-air syncing with dot-mac (or whatever it'll be called after next week) * Native IM with video * Flash * GPS I am also excited about the launch of the new App Store. I am not much of a gamer but the games that were shown at the SDK launch were pretty cool. Also, I can't wait to see what the jailbreakers have been bragging about.
If you have some time to kill tomorrow morning, check out 2008 WWDC keynote bingo. Me, I'll be following on MacRumorsLive andTwitter (although, based on the recent health of Twitter I would venture to guess that this site will crash tomorrow).
I will not be attending WWDC but, as luck would have it, I will be in San Francisco on Monday afternoon, perhaps a trip to Stockton street will be in order.