The dust has settled…

Well the WWDC keynote by Steve Jobs was Monday and Apple really shocked quite a few fans, to say that release wise it was a bit of a downer for almost every excited little MacHead would be a pretty big understatement.

First, the much anticipated iPhone 2.0 firmware was announced and much to everyones surprise was not released that day, instead we will have to wait until the vague day of “early July”, some speculate it could be more late June but official word from the man was early July. Free for iPhone owners, $9.99 for Touch owners who want it.

Second, the new iPhone or iPhone 2, or iPhone 3G that like the firmware everyone thought would also be released that day was announced and will release July 11th. It was announced with a slightly new design, a different back material, 3G as expected, and assisted GPS (or aGPS), no front mounted camera, no lasers, no 32GB size, but at a lower price, $199/$299 (8GB/16GB), but that was met with the rise in data plan, old plan $20 unlimited data and 200 text messages, new plan $30 unlimited data and no included text messages (as of yet). The data increase wasn’t to be unexpected, but the omission of text messages was and the fact that if you live in a non-3G area (like a good part of the country) you still pay the 3G price. The $199/$299 price was ushered in by the “subsidization” of the phone and the fact that you won’t walk in and walk out and activate at home like the original (what I like to call iPhone Classic) but you will instead activate it at point of purchase with a 2 year contract. This little nugget was not widely accepted by the hacking community.

The gem of the entire WWDC keynote for me was not the 3G phone, I already knew that 2.0 was coming bringing 3rd party apps, granted I didn’t expect it to be delayed, but was the announcement of MobileMe. I used to have a .mac account, it was nice having that space and the connective service but it really wasn’t $99 worth of nice since you could get nearly everything that .mac offered for free minus the native interaction…but MobileMe kicks that up a notch and just became something that I could see actually paying $99 a year on. The fact that I can update something one place and have it auto update another place is phenomenal, if I go weeks without syncing my phone it isn’t going to be a problem when I don’t have a number or appointment that is sitting in iCal or Address Book…WOW!

And of course the little Mac that could the mini was once again neglected (not really unexpected).

For me personally, I’ll keep iPhone Classic and welcome the 2.0 applications and keep the old $20 data plan, but it will cost me a cool $99 for MobileMe. More to come on MobileMe when it releases in, yep you guessed it, early July.