"which should finally address any and all complaints"That's a pretty bold statement which has already shown itself untrue. I think it's fair to say many complaints are being addressed, but new ones are being added and others are getting worse.Developers are still no happier than they were about Apple's draconian rule of the App Store. And now it's worse, they're criticizing Apple for the "3.3.1" terms change (although I agree 100% with Apple's decision here.)Owners of all but the latest iPhone and iPod touch are unhappy that they won't be getting multitasking... and some developers still aren't happy with it because it's not real multitasking (IM applications still won't work for example.)First generation iPhone owners are being denied iPhone OS 4.0 entirely -- these are the customers who have spent the most for their hardware and have been putting up with and paying for AT&T's anemic network the longest.Gizmodo brought up the very real complaint about iPhone OS's annoying popup notification system... and that it's only going to get worse with applications being allowed to do notifications in the background.And there's the omnipresent issue that in the US iPhone is only [technically] available on AT&T. There are a large group of people that would gladly buy an iPhone if only it ran on some other network.Overall this update brings many things that customers and developers have been asking for but to claim it will address all complaints is naïve at best.I think the two biggest changes Apple could make at this point to quell criticism is let "the market" decide what's best to include in the App Store (IE, Apple should only forbid malicious and illegal apps), and to finally ditch their AT&T exclusivity.
I think the "other" networks (which aren't internationally standard) have just as many complaints.An iPhone on Verizon would be $150+ for a customer pays $79 on AT&T.Verizon has a VERY strict 5GB (unlimited) data plan. I use 8.5+ GB a month average. I would be killed.Verizon would demand control of the Jailbreaking market. Apple and AT&T have been relatively low key about it.You can't expect Apple to support a product beyond what even an extended AppleCare warranty would. I think it's pretty amazing that the iPhone 1G has gotten to the point it has.If you want multitasking - jailbreak it.Thanks for your input - you brought up some good thoughts and observations that seem well researched.
I'm not suggesting Verizon's network is so superior to AT&Ts that everyone would switch over, but it would relieve AT&T of some customers, it would spread the bandwidth burden around as it were to expand to more networks.I believe Sprint and T-Mobile together have as many customers as AT&T. T-mobile's funky 3G spectrum also hasn't hindered other manufactures for making devices for their 3G network.I can't speak for the entire world, but in Europe for the most part there are far fewer complaints about carriers' ability to handle the iPhone. They've had 3G deployed longer, with many customers already using 3G devices. It wasn't the same influx that AT&T experienced (for example AT&T was the notable exception for enabling tethering and MMS when it launched.) Many European countries have multiple carriers offering the iPhone which I'm sure has helped them keep up with the bandwidth demands.I really wonder how much control Verizon would be willing to secede to Apple. They've been pretty vocal about wanting the iPhone. Maybe it's Verizon's own policies that are keeping Apple from going there?I do believe the next hardware version, which will probably ship around the time that the iPad gets OS 4.1, combined with the 4.1 update will go even further in addressing complaints.Obviously things can only improve, Apple isn't going to suddenly start making crappier iPhones with fewer features.
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