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What, no iPhone news?

The iPad announcement brought no iPhone news, but Apple's new device could show us how the iPhone will change.

Poor little guy got barely a mention.
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So the Apple event has come and gone and there was no iPhone news. Needless to say, I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get anything...even if it was a minor OS update. So unless Apple decides to call another press event in the next four months, we'll have to save our wish list for the Worldwide Developer's Conference in June.

Still, the iPad raises some interesting questions about the iPhone. Not only does the iPad look like an oversize iPhone (or iPod Touch), but its new OS appears to be similar. And since we already know that the iPad will run all apps currently in the iTunes App store, it makes perfect sense that both devices will be able to sync with each other.

So where does that leave the iPhone? I'm guessing that the iPad's effect on the current handset will be minimal, though we may see the iPhone OS tweaked to match the iPad's. To a future iPhone version, however, the iPad may be pointing the way. It would be great to see an iPhone with a 1Ghz processor and 64GB of memory. And though I know this is a stretch, I'd very much welcome anything in the range of 10 hours of battery life.

On the other hand, three missing features on the iPad are troubling. The device doesn't support Flash in the Safari Web browser or multitasking and it appears that tethering won't be possible. We've been waiting a long time for those features, so we hope that the iPad is not a sign of things to (or not to) come.