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Ask the MACist -- Should I Get an iPhone?

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Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Please, keep it up!

This weeks question comes from Susan in Encino. She asks: "At the moment I'm on Verizon but I think I really want to get an iPhone. Do you think that's a good idea?" I can't tell you how many people have been asking me that exact question since the iPhone was announced at MacWorld Expo in January. People really seem to want one and I can't blame them -- its a cool looking device. But should you get one when they come out? The short answer is: probably not. For the longer answer, read on.

First, keep in mind that the iPhone has only been announced with some features and specs reveled to an eager population. However, it will not be coming out until at least June (so far, unless it gets pushed back like the AppleTV) so we don't know what features will be added, removed or how the device may change between then and now. Just keep in mind that the iPhone you want at the moment might not be the iPhone you'll get in June. It may be even better and have more features. Or, it may have features removed or changed to get it out the door in time.