iPhone5? Nothing to see here, move along.

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.

 

One Reply to “iPhone5? Nothing to see here, move along.”

  1. You said everything I said for months and months, after the 4S and now after the 5. I am absolutely stunned that they didn’t include NFC.. my guess is because it’s so tied to google wallet that they didn’t want to help secure a technology that google has already been promoting for a while now.

    Apple has gone backwards. They say double the speed.. you’re telling me the A6 is 2x faster.. it’s going to run every app twice as fast? Intel, ARM, AMD.. they are lucky to boost 10 to 20% every year or so, and apple is now doubling it’s processing power? How? Tegra 3 is not even 2x faster than Tegra 1 (core for core), and suddenly Apple took the same cpus and were able to drastically boost them far faster than anyone else? Yeah right.. let me see the benchmarks showing a 2x increase in performance.

    The camera.. same as everyone else has had for a while.. I seriously doubt it will be the best on the market now, my S3 is fantastic and has 0 lag and many other features.

    The move away from google maps.. meh.. so what..they offer a couple things google doesnt.. google will keep adding all sorts of features.. nothing big there.

    Their 4″ 326ppi screen..big deal. Most everyone I’ve showed my S3 to is blown away at the screen and like it better than their 4S despite it having 20+ pixels per inch less. They’re betting on the numbers game like the old PC Megahertz war did.. more is better. It’s really stupid on these devices.

    Honestly, after the dismal 4S.. we all thought they were spending 2 years on the 5 and just putting the 4S out there for a temporary stay while the real deal, the 5 was being put together.

    I figured the 5 was going to have quad-core, 2GB RAM, 4″ screen (it does), SD slot (why the hell not?), at least a 2560×1600 ipad3 like screen, NFC, 12+MP camera, a longer battery life (remains to be seen if it will hold up to the 4 and 4S) at least a thunderport, and honestly I was thinking they may wow us with a pico projector output to add something not many phones have done yet! That would have been the “best” phone on the market for some months and would have been what the 3G was to me when it came out years ago. The 3G was exciting.. the 4 was somewhat exciting, the 4S and 5 are both as you said.. been there done that. I also figured they’d have some sort of tie in to apple TV and such to try to bolster their supposedly up-coming apple TV products.

    Heck, I am more excited about the new ipod nano.

    Yet, as you said, you know millions upon millions are going to line up and buy the new phone just because they need to keep up their zombie like appearance of must have latest apple product.

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