Gary Eng Walk
June 08, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Here at Apple’s keynote address for the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Mac-olytes eagerly gobbled up every bit of information on new laptops and the upcoming Snow Leopard operating system. What everyone in the audience really came to hear about, however, was the not-so-secret update to the iPhone 3G. Apple didn’t disappoint the prognosticators and officially revealed the iPhone 3G S. The “S” is for speed but it might as well stand for Swiss Army Knife because this gadget is loaded with so many gee-whiz features, it’s getting extremely difficult to keep track of everything it — and all of the 50,000 apps that you can download from Apple’s App Store — can do. The key features that the 3G S brings to the table include faster circuitry (resulting in snappier web browsing and application launching), an upgraded 3 megapixel still camera, a video camera, and a digital compass. The new toy goes on sale next week (June 19; $199 and $299 for the 16 GB and 32 GB versions, respectively).

If you’re still content with your existing iPhone, a software update available on June 17 will teach it some new tricks (over 100 new features in all according to Apple). Two of these are ones that a lot of iPhone users have been clamoring for since the first one came out almost 2 years ago, namely cut and paste text and the ability to use MMS to send photos to your friends. I never missed either of these things, but anecdotally I can say I’m in the minority. What I do miss is having a state-of-the-art phone (I’ve patiently hung onto my original, first generation iPhone). Come next week, I’ll finally upgrade.

What about you, PopWatchers? Does the iPhone 3G S excite you or are you sticking with your existing phone?

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