Well someone has to play devils advocate to the much touted iPhone 3G announcement on Monday by Apple and it might as well be me. Don’t get me wrong I mean this thing is awesome and I’ll be one of the folks standing in line on July 11 as I bequeath my 1.0 to my wife . Mashable has a great post today that talks about “the really big thing”. It’s not the fact that it’s GPS enabled (a lot of other phones and devices are) but the difference is we now have a robust SDK and a slick UI framework which no doubt will spawn a slew of third party location based applications - like Loopt and CitySense mentioned in the Mashable post.
The thing that bums me out is the fact the new iPhone lacks a video recorder. Streaming live video from any location is a huge deal IMO. Websites like Quik allow you to stream live video from your phone and share it with your friends. With a video recorder and live streaming social networking can be taken to a whole new level. Location based applications like Loopt and CitySense can integrate live video into the social graph in addition to text and images. Nokia N95 is currently the most popular phone with a video recorder and some of the A-Listers like Om Malik and Robert Scoble use it extensively for interviews and live streaming. I think Apple definitely needs to incorporate video recording into the iPhone at some point to close the loop so to speak.