It seems the folks at Apple can learn from past mistakes. This week Apple had two big launches: iPhone 3G S, iPhone OS 3.0 and even a few updates to MobileMe. And unlike the debacle they had with the iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 2, and MobileMe last time, Apple handled this launch much better.
Rather than try and release everything on the same day, they released the OS update on Wednesday and the new phones on Friday. In my opinion, it went much better. After work on Wednesday, I went home, dropped my iPhone 3G in its cradle and iTunes started the download. I had a quick errand to run (20 minutes maybe) and by the time I got, the update was done. Even MobileMe, which had a rather disappointing launch last time, had its enhancements up and running.
Scanning a few web sites, it seemed like the launch of the new 3G S went fairly well. Some sites noted problems with activation but it didn’t seem like it was anywhere near the 3G launch fiasco.
I’m not planning to write a review – although I may write a post of likes/dislikes about the new operating system after I play with it for a while. One thing I will mention now: backup is slower than it was under 2.2.1. If you are looking for a review, check out Terry White’s TechBlog. He does a good job of giving you the good and the bad. His review of the new OS 3.0 is here., and he has a video of unpacking his new 32GB iPhone 3G S here.