Brief Thoughs On The New iPhone

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new iPhone out.¬† ūüėÄ

I spoke with the small business manager at my local Verizon Wireless store last week and decided to take a drive over early Friday morning.¬† Well, not too early, probably about 8:30 in the morning.¬† Upon arrival, there was a line, though not a long one.¬† This store is located in the far corner of the suburbs, so I wasn’t expecting much in the way of a crowd.

New iPhone

It didn’t take long to get my phone (actually picked up 2 of them).¬† There’s plenty of information out there about the new iPhone.¬† I had written about the new Passbook feature recently, and after some exploring on the phone, it looks like there’s probably about a dozen or so apps that are already supporting Passbook in some form or fashion.¬† Recognizable names are American Airlines, Lufthansa, and United as well as non-travel apps like MLB.com, Ticketmaster, Target and Walgreens.¬† I have yet to figure out how to use the Walgreens or Target portion, but I am planning on attempting to use Passbook for a flight check-in on Tuesday.¬† More to come….

iOS 6 has some nice updates, nothing particularly earth-shattering.¬† They did add a couple of features to the phone programming that have been long overdue.¬† These make the phone work better as, well….a phone.¬† Siri seems to be a bit more responsive as well.

Lastly, I knew the screen was bigger on the new phone, but until I held it side-by-side to my old one, it didn’t occur to me that they had done so with minimal changes to the actual size of the phone.¬† The new one is significantly lighter as well.

New iPhone

It’s early, but I’m reasonably happy with the phone and iOS6.

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