Watched the unveiling of the new iPhone. I'm sitting on a mixed bag of feelings about this one. It is a beautiful piece of tech engineering. The redesign was very much needed and turned out very well. The phone is beautiful.
There were a few factual errors in the presentation though... a few "spins" put on things that don't quite work within the confines of reality. While they don't lessen my like for the phone itself, they heighten my dislike of the company and the man helming things.
First off, Retinal Display... the higher res (900x640) is awesome. By far the best res of any phone out (the HTC Incredible tops out at 800x480). It looks gorgeous as all Apple displays do. The adding of more pixels and smoothing transitions between them (which is what Retinal Display is doing) is called anti-aliasing and has been around quite a while. Apple just gave it a fancy new name and presents it as something they have invented. This bothers me. Such are the things that Kool-Aid is made of.
Secondly, Steve Jobs' statement that the human eye is limited to viewing 300pixels/in however, is not accurate. Your eye can actually distinguish up to between 600 - 700 ppi at a phenomenally high megapixel range. It is also super sensitive to light and contrast changes. Far more so than ANY human technology can replicate or duplicate.
Thrid, OLED vs IPS displays. Steve claims that the IPS is far better than OLED displays. In point of fact, IPS displays last a LOT longer than OLED displays and are cheaper. EDIT Forgot to carry on this idea... OLED has better contrast, better brightness, better viewing angle, richer color tones, takes damage better... basically better in every way except price and life. But this is changing rapidly.
Watching Steve Jobs present this... he spins things like crazy. Little turns of phrase and side comments. To be fair, all companies do this. The difference is Steve is REALLY good at spinning things. When Ballmer or Gates did this you kinda saw through it and realized that you were being "sold" on something. Steve has found a way, through very subtle, easy-going affability to remove the doubt. He is a consummate salesman. Which is exactly what you want in the guy pitching your stuff. But as a consumer, the number one thing to keep in mind is "doubt everything." Question it, research it, figure it out yourself. Caveat emptor is never more true than in these product release sales pitches.
I love the tech itself, I can't stand the pitch. I look forward to getting my hands on the phone itself and playing with it.