So I guess there were no major surprises in the Apple announcement today. It was mostly a rehash of information we already knew from WWDC. The iPhone gets a useful speed bump, a better camera and dual antennas so that it becomes a world phone supporting GSM and CDMA. The “one more thing” was the announcement of a beta version of the Siri app the voice driven assistant which I will admit looks interesting. The iPod Touch did not get any significant updates at all as far as I can tell other than being available in white.
What always amazes me is the level of interest any announcement from Apple receives. All of the usual tech blogs struggled to cope with the load and even the Apple web site seems to be having problems:
I hope this is not a bad sign for what we can expect from iCloud.
So what is the state of the iOS nation now after todays announcement? Well the family of current iOS devices is now as follows:
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 3GS
- iPad 2
- iPod Touch (4th Gen)
in addition it looks like the original iPad and the third generation iPod Touch will also support iOS 5 so that means there are 7 devices capable of running iOS 5 - though not necessarily supporting all features. I am surprised that the 3GS is still being retained but Apple obviously want an entry level phone. Either way it looks like we can expect to the size of the iOS market to continue growing.
The best news of the day is that the iOS 5 GM seed is now available for download ready for general availability on October 12. So if you want to submit an iOS 5 compiled app for launch day you probably need to get busy.