By Brian Murray Today is the day millions have been waiting for! It's new iPhone day! It's available on a variety of carriers including Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Ross Newman of iHospital about the release of the new iPhone 4s and iOS 5. Ross is an entrepreneur who started iHospital, a company which services Apple products. Ross was able to give his expert opinion about the new releases and what they mean for us!
Background on Ross Newman
He first fell in love with the Apple in 2007 when he purchased his first iPhone. He became obsessed with how they worked and the way they were built. He became heavily involved with the modmyi community and became an expert in everything to do with Apple. His iPhone purchase led to the purchase of his first Mac and since then there has been no turning back. Eventually he began repairing Apple products which led to the opening of his first iHospital in Tampa. They work with the regular consumer as well as organizations such as the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. He has owned every device Apple makes and after speaking with him, I would call him one of Apple's biggest brand ambassadors. He is a developer for the iPhone which gave him access to the beta version of the new operating system and he was kind enough to give me his first impressions as well as insights.
Three Game Changing Features of iOS 5
Notifications- No longer are you interrupted when you are using your phone by pop up block notification. Notifications have been seamlessly integrated into a new drop down bar that can be accessed from any screen by simply swiping down similar to the notifications system on Droids. This simplistic and streamlined feature is full of customization which allows you to get notifications from the applications you want. You are also notified through a banner at the top of your iPhone when anything occurs! When you are ready to check them out simply swipe down and there you go!
iMessage - For years Blackberry users have clung to the all important BBM. Apple has addressed messaging within it's platform with a great new feature called iMessage. This platform is simple to use and automatically recognizes that the person you are looking to message also has access to the feature. No need for messy pin numbers! The amazing feature even works across multiple devices including the iPad! Rumor has it that we will eventually be able to use it on other products as well!
Twitter Integration - Apple also worked closely with Twitter to integrate directly into the new platform. You now can sign into Twitter through your settings and can use it to tweet from a multitude of applications including the camera and Safari! Now sharing media and links on Twitter is that much easier and will certainly impact the usage of millions of users. Twitter is no longer an application but now a part of the operating system.
Apple has the unique ability to see what people want before they even know they want it. We've seen this several times including the skepticism when the iPad was announced. People didn't see the need or truly desire a tablet. Many even questioned Apple's decision to make the new device. Today many are saying the same thing with Siri. Siri was previously an application that was eventually purchased by Apple. Siri is the new voice operated system that allows you to talk to your phone and have it provide answers. You can dictate a text message or ask it to find you a local Italian restaurant. After a few moments it provides the answer for you! Many question if this will take off and if it is truly needed. But as Ross and I agreed, Apple knows what I want and need better than I do. The only thing keeping this from the hands of everyone is the fact that you need to have the newest iPhone in order to use it.
Predictions from Ross
I asked Ross to share with me the direction he predicts Apple will go and he obliged with giving me a variety of exciting directions. He predicts that we will see the iPhone 5 released in the summer and Apple will return to the summer release cycle. The iPhone 5 he predicts will not have a screen size increase but will probably move away from the glass back we've seen with the iPhone 4 and 4S.
The next big product he predicts will be the Apple TV. Not the box that's being sold currently but a true television that will integrate and work with the entire Apple product line. I probably don't need this but I know I will definitely want it!
What do you think of the new iPhone and iOS 5? What do you think is next for Apple?