By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 10/07/2011
I was on the fence, but today I went to Best Buy and pre-ordered the iPhone 4S. Here's why.
- AirPlay. I already have an Apple TV, and an iPad 2. The ability to wirelessly display the current screen, or, with the right app, an alternate display, is going to be huge. I predict my PlayStation will gather dust. Take a look at this screenshot for Real Racing 2 (iPad and iPhone apps sold separately) that, with the pending iOS 5 version and an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S will allow 'Party Play' mode! The picture is worth 1,000 words, or certainly the $4.99 to $6.99 for the app itself!
- Siri. It's 2011 and using your hand to interact with a computing device is so "quaint" as Mister Scott put it in Star Trek IV. Just this week, several times I had to go online and do a search when I could have just spoken into my iPhone to get the info. Once you have Siri, you will find more ways to use it.
- As a writer for iPhone Life, I'd be remiss if I didn't adopt the newest gear at launch. At least that's what I told my wife.
- As an app developer, I also can't afford to not have the latest equipment. I might even write some apps that take advantage of AirPlay!
- My old iPhone 4 still has a lot of value, and my wife will be able to take ownership of it. I could have sold it for more than $200, making my upgrade "free" not counting the 2 year commitment.
- I will leverage Apple's free iMessage, now that my wife will have an iPhone, so we won't need a text message plan.
- I could get it in white, so my wife and I won't grab the wrong phone by mistake.
- My existing iPhone 4 cases should fit, so I don't need to write off those expenses or search for new accessories.
- Thanks to my Family Plan, Best Buy let me use my mother-in-law's "eligibility" for a new phone, so my line should be upgradeable around the time of the iPhone 5.
- Honestly, my sadness at Steve Jobs' passing made me do it. I don't want a poor launch to be a reflection on him, or Tim Cook for that matter. My purchase is just a drop in the bucket, but, in my small way, this is my contribution.