As some of you may have realized, yesterday was the day that Apple’s iPhone 4 turned a year old. As the anniversary passes the device is being hailed as the most advanced mobile phone ever and is certainly one of the most successful mobile devices ever in terms of sales. Its improvements from its predecessor are vast, which is why the iPhone remains so iconic.
The improvements that Apple made to its latest device were also one of the main reasons the iPhone 4 is so successful even a year on. This is because the company took into account a lot of issues that were brought up with the previous model and tried their best to fulfill the requests made by the consumers with new features.
These new features included additional software compatibility such as Facetime capability, a rear facing LED light, a front facing camera and a remarkable 326ppi pixel density Retina display. The device itself was also made thinner and remains one of the thinnest on the market still. Steve Jobs announced the iOS 5 earlier this month, which promises to take the iPhone 4 technology even further.
Normally when an iPhone becomes a year old there is a next generation model available, however this year has seen Apple’s usually consistent pattern disrupted as there is no next generation device as of yet and no solid clues as to when we can expect it either. As explained in the article at CBSNews, there have been several rumors suggesting an autumn release, even ones which suggest we won’t see an iPhone 5 until mid-2012.
Whenever the new model decides to surface, we know it will be an amazing device with the latest specs on offer, which also gives us a clue that it won’t come cheap. Verizon has so far made the iPhone 4 fairly affordable offering a great unlimited data plan for just $29.99. According to IBTimes however, rumors have also emerged that the company plan on scrapping their unlimited data deal just as AT&T did last year.
The new deals, which are expected to begin July 7th, pose a threat to some consumers who were hoping to have the latest smartphone for an affordable price. There is still a way it seems, that they can have their wish whilst remaining on the unlimited data plan. It seems as though existing iPhone owners, who currently are on the unlimited data plan, can still remain on it even after July 7th.
This also poses a new predicament for those who do not yet own an iPhone and were hoping to get one with an unlimited data plan. They now find themselves with two options; one is they wait for the iPhone 5 and risk having a limited data plan and paying full asking price or they can get an iPhone 4 with the unlimited data plan now, then when the iPhone 5 is finally released get it with the unlimited data plan grandfathered in.
Are you interested in getting an iPhone 5? Which option will you choose?