Lack of iPhone 3.0 hardware not surprising

Apple didn't announce any new iPhone hardware at yesterday's iPhone 3.0 event -- but that shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise.

imageApple didn't announce any new iPhone hardware at yesterday's iPhone 3.0 event -- but that shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise.

My iPhone hardware grievances are:

  1. Fixed battery -- I mean, c'mon
  2. Lack of expansion slot -- microSD is sorely needed
  3. Camera hardware -- Wimpy 2MP sensor, lack of flash

While new iPhone hardware and even a tablet Mac were rumored to be announced in the run up to yesterday, the timing just wasn't right.

Apple wanted to get the iPhone 3.0 SDK into developer's hands and allow them to get their hands dirty and submit feedback on it. Once iPhone developers get comfortable with 3.0 they'll start porting their apps to and developing new apps for 3.0. Make no mistake about it, yesterday was only intended to be a software show, the hardware will follow later.

Yesterday's iPhone 3.0 software preview gives developers three months to work on their applications so that they'll be ready when 3.0 is distributed en masse this summer. It is widely held that Apple is planning to announce at least one new iPhone handset (most likely at WWDC'09 in June) that will take advantage of all of the features in iPhone OS 3.0 -- plus more.

Previously I've heard rumblings about multiple-core iPhones coming this summer, but nothing has been confirmed. But rest assured, Apple has something up its sleeves hardware-wise. It needs a shiny new iPod revision to entice all the first-gen iPhone owners who will be coming off their two-year AT&T contracts this June.

What's on your iPhone hardware wishlist?

Photo: Toxel.com » 10 Beautiful Apple iPhone Concept Designs

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