Apple’s new iPhone hardware will be formally unveiled next Monday, and I’m already itching to be able to buy it. I bought the original iPhone within a few weeks of it being available, and I upgraded to the iPhone 3G just a couple months before the iPhone 3GS came out. My wife has had that newest model for a few months, and I have to resist borrowing it for any reason because the faster processor tickles my envy bone, and I know that I can rationalize just about any purchase.
And now there’s going to be another hardware refresh, undoubtedly with a faster processor and better battery life and more storage and a better camera and … (read more about what to expect while I clean up my gadget geek drool).
So, barring unforeseen circumstances, I will be buying the new iPhone being announced next week. However, I won’t be buying it until August, for two important reasons:
- I am very close – about three paychecks – away from being free of credit card debt for the first time since 1997
- I won’t be able to upgrade for the discounted price until August
That last factor was actually a nice surprise. I got my current iPhone 3G last March, so I had been assuming that it’d be two years from that date that I’d be allowed to upgrade without paying full price. But on my wife’s encouragement, I called up AT&T’s Customer Service (just dial 611 from your AT&T mobile phone) and they told me the upgrade cycle is “a little different” and that I’d be eligible around mid-August. This conveniently coincides with a time in my life when I can expect to be able—finally—to pay for a computer with nothing but cash.
What are you looking forward to loving or hating about the new iPhone?