The iPhone 7 is probably going to be noticed more for what Apple has removed, rather than the faster processor and improved dual lens zoom camera, since this is the first iPhone without a headphone jack.
Apple is notable for removing features on their new products though – laptops and desktops (iMac) with no floppy drive, and then later, no optical drive (MacBook Air).
PCMagazine added this perfect statement:
People who want iPhones don’t want them because of the spec sheets. They want them because of iOS, third-party iOS apps, Apple’s service and support network, and the community effects of Apple-only systems like iMessage.
Apple has succeeded so well at creating desirable products, that if they announced an iPhone 8 today with no new or additional features over the just announced iPhone 7, people would still buy it, just because it’s “one better”.
Given the amount of issues that new iPhone 5 users are having with their new phones, I don’t believe Jobs would have let the new iPhone in it’s current state go out to stores. It’s just not ready. Sure, all new products have teething issues, but the iPhone 5 right now seems to have more than it’s share.
The new Apple Maps app is clearly not ready for primetime. Not only should it have a beta banner across the screen, it should also have a warning flashing on the screen every time you open the app: “Caution! Do not use for real world navigation! Maps shown by this application are for entertainment purposes only!”.
The Amazing iOS 6 Maps has some of the best screenshots so far. Some are just incredible, they’re almost art forms in their own right. Someone could had painted these scenes and put them on display in a gallery… and made good money from them too. Here’s some of my favorites:
It’s almost too easy to make fun of the hilarious screenshots right now because there’s just too many funny examples.
And not too mention the list of other issues that are coming up – CNET has a list of reported issues right now, including:
Needless to say, I’m pretty sure Jobs would not have let this product go out the door. Sure, the issue will get resolved in time, but this product is not currently worthy of it’s Apple logo.
I can’t help think that today’s iPhone 5 announcement was a major let down. Where’s the innovative new features, Apple? Where’s the must-have new cool stuff that’s prompting us to run out to the Apple store right this minute?
So it’s lighter, thinner, faster. Ok, so it’s an incremental improvement over the 4S. Isn’t this the same thing that people said about the 4S (I did anyway)? We were expecting the iPhone 5 at the last iPhone announcement and just got the 4S. They didn’t really add anything earth shatteringly new for the last update. And now for this latest announcement, this new iPhone is more like an iPhone 4.5 rather than an iPhone 5.
I’m sorry Apple, but I think you’re losing your edge. Rather than bringing revolutionary products to the market this is an incremental improvement over what we already have. Sure, there’s going to be the faithful who just have to upgrade because it’s the new iPhone, but for must people, I don’t see anything here that’s a significant draw. There was rumors that NFC support would be included, and I was curious if it was then how Apple was going to dust it with their magic pixie dust and put a spin on it to get the whole world to buy into the magic of NFC-based Google Wallet style cashless transactions – I was curious because Google have been dabbling in this area but it hasn’t exactly caught on yet. I was kind of hoping Apple would take this concept for a spin and tell us how we can no longer live our lives without this time saving new innovation… but sadly, no. Nothing new to see here, move along.
The thing that still mystifies me is how Apple uses Samsung to supply it’s iPhone processors (as it has done for most prior versions and iPads too). You’d think given Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung for infringing on Apple’s patents that they wouldn’t bite the hand that feeds it, so to speak, but surprise surprise… who manufacturers and supplies the magical new A6 processor in the iPhone 5? Samsung.
Whether you put much weight in the reviews in Consumer Reports or not, the fact that they operate independently of any company whose products they review and that they don’t accept any products they review as gifts (they buy every product they review) in order to maintain impartiality, plus the fact that they have over 7 million subscribers, when they rate one product over another it’s kind of a big deal.
Consumer Reports doesn’t ‘recommend’ the iPhone 4 due to it’s signal strength issues inherent in unfortunate design where it’s signal is killed by holding the phone in your hand. Small problem. The new iPhone 4S however they do recommend.
Here’s the kicker though, and one that may be an eye opener for some who are blinded by Apple’s great marketing – they rate a wide range of Android phones carried by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, all HIGHER than the iPhone 4S. Yes, you read that right. Consumer Reports in their impartial and objective reviews recommend a number of Android phones with higher ratings than the iPhone 4S. Android phones rated high than the iPhone 4S include:
- Samsung Galaxy S II
- Samsung Galaxy Infuse 4G
- LG Thrill 4G
- Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
- Motorola Photon 4G
- Samsung Epic 4G
- HTC Evo 3D
- Motorola’s Droid Bionic
- HTC Thunderbolt
- LG Revolution
- Samsung Droid Charge
… that’s a lot of phones to choose from that in their impartial review are better than the iPhone 4S.
I get the feeling that the iPhone 5 will not be much more than a incremental refinement of the iPhone 4. From the suspected changes, it doesn’t sound like anything more exciting than some me-too technology catch ups, like support for HSPA+ for faster data speeds and voice recognition. Nothing that you can’t already get on other phones.
Has Apple slowed down it’s iPhone and iOS development? If there’s nothing more than these changes coming then this next iPhone is nothing more that an iPhone 4.1 really. Not that I’d want one anyway. The day I buy an iPhone will be the day it supports Java, and that’s not going to happen anytime, if ever.
Security researchers discovered this week that iOS devices continuously track users physical location and store this data on the device. The data is also sync’d with your desktop if you use iTunes. What’s interesting is apparently this has been long known by Law Enforcement Agencies, who can use this data in investigations. This data is also transmitted back to Apple every 12 hours.
Android devices apparently also report location data back to Google – it sounds like WiFi MAC address location data is sent back to help triangulate a users location to provide location based services using this map of collected MAC addresses. This is similar to the MAC address collection that Google got into trouble for when they collected similar data from their StreetView cars (when they arguably collected far more than just MAC addresses and the location).
During an interview with Sony CEO Howard Stringer, he may have let it slip that Sony are supplying an 8MP camera for the next iPhone.
Didn’t this happen last year too? Once again, iPhones struggle with daylight savings change in the US.