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iPhone 5? Crap, Slow Down Already

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Image of an iPhone 3Gs

Source: Raymond Larose's Flickr Page

This summer, Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone, and new reports describe it as a “completely redesigned handset” as well as a “total rethink from a design standpoint.”

via RWW

I don’t mean to rain on the iPhone 5 party — I’m a geek, and I love new technology as much as the next guy — but I can’t help but feel something like, “Really? I feel like the iPhone 4 just came out.”

I love Apple and I want to keep loving Apple, but if once-every-two-years (and presumably even more frequently) is going to become the standard rate of upgrades, I don’t think I can afford it.

Right now, I use an iPhone 3G. It’s not ideal with iOS 4.2, but it’s still an amazing device that, given my use of it, can only marginally be described as a phone. I’d love to upgrade to the iPhone 4, but in order to do so, I’ll need a system that can run Apple’s latest desktop OS (I’m currently on a MiniMac that I got in 2006). The cheapest route to upgrade would be to renew my AT&T contract to get the iPhone 4 for about $220 and then buy a new MiniMac at $699.00.

Before even talking about tax, that’s pushing $1,000, which I don’t have lying around. If I could finagle a student discount, I could bring that number down to something closer to $800 (I think).

This isn’t me bitching about costs. Buying an Apple product is like buying a Mercedes; if you can afford it, that’s great, but it also costs a pretty penny to maintain over time.

What would be nice, however, is to make it easier for customers who are a generation or so behind to get the most out of their products. Like, say, allow me to roll back my iPhone 3G to iOS 3.something.

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  • We are in the same boat. My computer is a Powerbook from 2005- pre-intel. Until recently I was using my 3G just fine syncing with itunes etc, but now that a friend “upgraded” me to the iOS4.2, I can’t sync with my music/contacts. In order to upgrade, I’m looking at at least a $1K investment.

  • Gah! Now that’s rough. Possible workaround: Sign up for a Dropbox account, download the app and transfer your music/contacts that way. It may take some time, or some money if you want to do it all in one fell swoop, but it’s better than losing everything.

    Also, you can sync your contacts with Google so everything’s saved if you lose your phone or if it crashes. It’s probably less useful if you’re not a regular Gmail user, though.

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