With Apple’s forthcoming OS X rev 10.8 dubbed “mountain lion”, users with a Mac will now get the notification center on their desktop (and laptops) that will sync all your messages, iCal events, notifications from apps, etc., across your Apple platforms. For example, if your IPhone gets a text, it will show up on your desktop or laptop notification bar. If you add a meeting to your Mac Calendar, that meeting will also automatically show up on your iPhone (via iCloud). So if you’re a Mac user and thinking about upgrading to a cool smartphone other than an iPhone, I would rethink that decision.
I must say, the new iPhone 4S camera quality is pretty good compared to the previous versions as well as other high-end cameras. Business Insider has a camera comparison post on the subject here. I have to say, the iPhone 4S camera might be a little better than my 8 mega pixel HTC smartphone camera.
There was some disappointment that Apple did not release a brand new redesigned iPhone 5 yesterday, but there were hardly riots or mayhem. Is it because Apple’s brand is so loved by consumers? Did the Apple fanboys concentrate on the cool new IPhone 4S software?
Most, if not all new Android smartphones already have dual core CPU’s, 1GB on board memory, 8+ megapixel cameras. Apple (on the hardware side) is just catching up to the Android hardware specs. I think the new software (iOS 5, talking assistant, iCloud, more location integration) trumped the upgraded hardware specs. The software was a leap forward for Apple and sets up the iPhone 5 release down the road nicely. Free pass or not, Apple’s iPhone 4S release yesterday was good for Apple and great for customers.