Nobody knows what the next iPhone will be called (it might still be “HD”) or what it will bring to the table, but we can already start drooling over it. The JAiB recently had a little chat about whether or not to upgrade to the newest device, and how the existence (or purchase) of an […]
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Looking towards the “iPhone 4G”

Nobody knows what the next iPhone will be called (it might still be “HD”) or what it will bring to the table, but we can already start drooling over it. The JAiB recently had a little chat about whether or not to upgrade to the newest device, and how the existence (or purchase) of an iPad affects the equation.

Hit the jump for more, and please share your own thoughts in the comments!Thomas
For my part, I’m already gearing up the piggy bank machine for this year’s iPhone. I’m hoping to get it for about $200 or $300 from Rogers and renew my plan, but I don’t feel the same sense of urgency as last year. Upgrading from a 2G to a 3GS was a big, big, deal, and it might well be better for me to just wait out another year and hope to get a new iPhone next year, with the benefit of a cheaper carrier retention plan.

As far as the iPad goes, I just don’t need one right now. I’ve even gotten to play with one for about 20 minutes, and although it is a beautiful interface that I wouldn’t mind winning for free (I tried at Gear Diary), there just isn’t money in the bank for such an expensive toy right now. I also like the ultimate portability of the iPhone more, and I don’t want to have to bring a little bag or wear a Scottevest just to bring a 10″ tablet around.

Russell
I will be upgrading if dollars permit at the time, if the new chip is inside! šŸ™‚

Diego
I’ll certainly upgrade, even if I’ll buy the ipad (which is highly
possible).

My 3G is way too slow – I tried the 3gs and was really impressed, and I want to be able to try all the new features of the 4.0 firmware legally (no jailbreak)

Frank
I have been strategically planning for this for a year now.  When I upgraded to the 3GS I used my wife’s upgrade. I am eligible for an upgrade this July.  I will get the new iPhone and my wife will get my 3GS (She is using a Treo 750 & I can’t to get rid of it). So yes, I plan on upgrading and my wife will finally get an iPhone. It’s a win win!

Brandon
There’s three things I spend more time using than anything else besides my car, my chair at work and my bed – that’s my iPhone, my macbook and now my iPad.

If there’s a new iPhone this summer, which at this point seems quite likely to happen, then there’s going to have to be something game changing about it. By game changing I mean – iPad level speed, higher resolution screen or no longer locked to AT&T. A simple evolutionary upgrade I don’t think will get me in line for a new one.

My contract with AT&T is coming to a close on my iPhone line this summer. I’m so sick of being jerked off on this whole tethering bullshit (along with the pathetic network speeds) that I would be more than happy to tell AT&T to shove it up their ass for failing so heavily for the last couple years. They are getting their asses kicked in pricing by t-mobile, sprint is killing them in network speed, and even Verizon seems to have a better network than AT&T for about the same price.

Honestly, I’ve even considered (but don’t think i’d really do it) going to a different carrier and using android just to tell be able AT&T that they have really blown it. At least then I would be able to tether my dammed phone.

Alicia
Well my husband has his sights and pocket book set on the iPad which is affordable enough (darn you Apple) and I hope to upgrade when my contract is set for renewal in July. Just in time!

The good thing is that Apple products recycle well so one of my sisters will get my current one šŸ™‚

But the iPad will not be in my future this year. If I can resist..

Jay
My contract with ATnT (All Talk, no Tether) is far from over since I added a line and iPhone for my wife for Valentine’s Day. So there’s no 4G 4me in the near future.

Now an iPad? I am drooling already and if I could convince the office to purchase one as the fiscal year draws to an end (gotta spend any supply budget before June 31), then I will add it to the only MacBookPro in the cubicle prairiedog town. Otherwise, I will wait and see what the 4G iPad will be like and consider an investment for myself.

Michael L
Assuming the hardware and feature set are there, I’ll be upgrading.  May not be on Day 1, but likely within a month of release (pending reviews from the folks willing to wait in line).
I thought being an early adopter would be a fad I grew out of…but that was horse shit.  In some cases, its worse than ever…   šŸ™‚

Michael C
I’ll definitely be upgrading. I was a little late to the iPhone party with the 3G and have been waiting for my contract to be up to upgrade, which happens in July.
Timing couldn’t have been better.
Added to that, over the months, my 3G has gotten progressively slower and unresponsive. And I’m on my second one.

Patrick
I’ll almost certainly get the next model – on Day 1 or shortly thereafter.  Partly just to ensure I can cover the latest model on the site, and also because I expect there will be a few major upgrades – camera, video chat, far better screen resolution and so on.
It is tougher this year though, having just spent a ton on the iPad and iPad accessories.

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