Don't Go Buy Another iPhone, Just Get OS 3.0

New model is faster, but upgraded system offers plenty of perks
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2009 4:18 PM CDT
The new iPhone "vaults a year ahead" of rival products, David Pogue says.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – Apple launched its new iPhone operating system today, two days ahead of the 3G S model, begging the question whether existing users should fork out $200 for new hardware. “Faster circuitry makes a huge difference,” David Pogue writes for the New York Times, though Walt Mossberg, in the Wall Street Journal, demurs: “I regard these changes as more evolutionary than revolutionary.”

The 3G S comes with a better camera, memory, battery life, and storage. “If you’re used to the old iPhone, the speed boost hits you between the eyes,” Pogue says. But it’s the OS—available for all iPhones and iPod Touches—that provides long-overdue fixes like copy-and-paste, universal search, and MMS messaging. “The software may be enough of a boost,” Mossberg opines.