Countdown to the next iPhone Video
Countdown to the next iPhone Video Transcript
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>> Hi, everybody, I'm Molly Wood, executive editor at Cnet.
>> Welcome to countdown to iPhone 2, we're going to be dissecting what we hope to see out of the upcoming worldwide developers conference from Apple, that's June 9th through the 13th. We'll also be talking about what we hope to see and expect to see in the new iPhone, widely expected to be announced at WWDC. Joining me today is CNET's illustrious [assumed spelling] panel of iPhone's experts. We have senior editor Kent German, who cover cell phones for Cnet Reviews. Brian Tong [phonetic], editor at CNET TV, and Apple lover.
>> Not true, not true.
>> Also, staff writer, Tom Krazit from www.news.com, who covers all things Apple in the One More Thing blog. And we'll also be hearing from people on the streets of San Francisco about what they want to see in a new iPhone.
>> The MMS would be nice.
>> I think GPS.
>> I'd love to see a phone that is more world wide compatible.
>> Faster web browsing for sure.
>> Okay, guys, let's get started. I think we all know, right, the iPhone is going to be announced at WWDC. What, Tom, starting with you do we know beyond that?
>> Officially not a whole lot, but we can glean a lot of things. I mean we've known through some pocking around with the iPhone SDK that it is going to be a 3G model. Some people have found some code to indicate that. I've seen about 12 different pictures of about 12 different designs out there on the rumor blogs.
>> And so, you know, it's reasonable to assume that [inaudible] will be a little bit different. But you know, your guess is as good as mine on the final version. And we know it'll have improved software in the form of the business friendly connections to your corporate email, and a couple of other things that'll make the IT guys a littler happier about supporting it.
>> Right. So these are some of the failings of the original iPhone, right? It was not corporate friendly; it was widely considered expensive, like what are the things that would kind of bring this into line with its competition?
>> It's a lot of features that I'd really like to see on it that I found the, the current iPhone is lacking that even a lot of basic phones really have, doesn't have the multimedia [assumed spelling] messaging, so you can't send those photos to other phone numbers. You can only send them to emails. A lot of people like to do with a camera phone. It would really be nice to have voice filing, which is becoming a must on phones, especially as you really can't use your phone driving in a lot of places now, it has to be hands free. And also, I'd love to see a landscape keyboard. So remember that keyboard right now, that onscreen keyboard can only be used in landscape in the web browser and not when you're typing a message, or email.
>> Oh, yeah, I know.
>> That's huge, [inaudible].
>> Yeah, Brian, you're a daily iPhone user, what are the things that drive you nuts that you're hoping you could get in a new version or even in the software?
>> I think there's two things actually. And one of the things is that Apple's always [inaudible] out with like the best web browser for a phone, which is true, but I want to see flash in the web browser as well. I mean...
>> That would be really hot. And then the other thing is if they get G3, having the battery support that, because on Caltrain I like watch videos, listen to music, call the time I can get through the battery without charging it in one day. But if that goes, you know, down shoots when they get the new 3G stuff, I won't be pretty happy about that, so.
>> Now, what are the other features, I know Tom, obviously, you've been covering a lot of the rumors, the latest ones says GPS, is that a must have for iPhone 2?
>> I would like it. I mean whether that makes it a must have or not, I don't know. I mean it sort of depends on what you use your phone for. But it's, you know, it's a kind of thing that they can build it in, and design software around it to give you the ability to do things you might not have even known you wanted to do.
>> You know, like just simply, you know, I'm in a strange city, and where am I on Google maps, I need to know where the next restaurant is, I mean even if you don't think you want GPS, you want that.
>> I think it would be a must have, especially since the current [inaudible] released in January, where you can triangulate your position through cell towers and Wi-fi hot spots. [Inaudible] those aren't always going to be available when you're out, you know, in a rural area outside of the city. So GPS I think would be really, really a nice [inaudible] to have on [inaudible] phone.
>> Yeah, I feel like if you're going to say you're the most next, sort of next generation awesome phone, you've got to have GPS. What about something crazy? Is there going to be WiMax in this phone? Is there going to be some sort of...
>> [Inaudible]. Because my feeling with Apple is a lot of times there's a lot of hype about this. And then there's always like one or two things that it just doesn't have that make you crazy like the video recording.
>> Or the copy and paste. Is there something like that that you think they're just going to like [inaudible]?
>> You know, the GPS thing, I'd be, wouldn't be shocked to not see that because of the concerns that they've articulated about battery life and things like that. I mean if they do really care primary about that, which was the reason they gave for the 3G delay...
>> Then maybe that wouldn't be, you know, shocking to not see, but I think they're be kind of stupid though not to do it.
>> So then, then the final question is when is it going to go on sale? There's the keynote on June 9th, but as we know from Apple that may not mean that it's in stores the next day. But, you know, you've got Forbes [assumed spelling] saying it's probably sitting in containers at distribution centers. Is it going to be a year anniversary kind of release?
>> Yeah, I mean I just think that right now everyone is talking like, will they release it on the same day they announce it. And no, I don't see that, I don't think we all see that just because Apple wants to make this an event like a show. They want lines wrapping around the stores, and they want to create that buzz and hysterical.
>> Yeah, they want to show that. So I just want expect it to...
>> Come out on the day they announce it.
>> All right. Well, thanks guys for all your iPhone insights [assumed spelling], of course, the big keynote is happening June 9th, we'll be there, we'll be covering it.
>> Check CNET TV to find out what's actually in iPhone 2. ^M00:05:01 [ Music ]
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