It appears that we’ll be looking at the new Kindle people have been talking about a little bit sooner than expected. According to rumors and reports, we’re likely to be getting improvements on existing technology as well as the new and interesting. The new version will be slimmer, which is probably the most well reported feature so far, and it will have a sharper and significantly more responsive screen that will more closely emulate the feel of reading directly off of a page. Personally, any improvement to the reading experience is more than welcome, of course.
The unexpected feature that is, at present, merely a well-substantiated rumor, is that the new Kindle will finally be offering up the option of WiFi connectivity either in parallel with or exclusive of the existing 3G connection. This opens up at least the possibility of having multiple pricing options depending on user requirements, since there is some evidence that plans have been made for a 3G-free model. It also adds in a much-needed interface option for those who enjoy the Kindle device but do not have regular 3G access in their homes. Coverage is growing all over the place, but it’s simply not quite everywhere just yet. Even for those among us who do have the coverage, the speed boost offered by such an option will be a more than welcome advantage when it comes to web browsing and downloading. This is to say nothing about the potential effect on price that going without 3G coverage might entail. August is likely to be a fun month.