Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2012 19:13 UTC
Apple As expected, Apple announced its new iPhone tonight, dubbed the iPhone 5. The rumours and leaks nailed it, with the most prominent feature being the move from 3.5" to 4" (1136x640). Due to the way iOS handles resolutions, applications need to be adapted for this new display, and if they are not, they will be letterboxed (black bars). It has a faster processor, better camera, LTE, and several other improvements, while the. As always, Apple does it right: shipping 21 September in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore - the rest of the world will follow later.
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RE[2]: 'Boring copy-cat'
by TM99 on Thu 13th Sep 2012 11:48 UTC in reply to "RE: 'Boring copy-cat'"
TM99
Member since:
2012-08-26

"Apple seems less interested in blowing people away than it is in milking profit out of the existing lineup."

Apple never blew people away on a yearly basis. Their last mayor new successful product was the iPad in 2010. Before that it was the iPhone, 2007, and before that the iPod in 2001, iMac 1998, Mac 1984, Apple 2 1977.

His claim that some Samsung phone outsold the iPhone 4S last month is also crazy. Even more crazy than buying an iPhone 4S just before a new iPhone is announced. The iPhone 5 will probably outsell that Samsung model in one weekend.


Actually....

http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-s3-vs-iphone-4s-samsung-fina...

Sure the shiny new iPhone 5 toy will be tops for a quarter maybe two again. If they can assert a monopoly position via lawsuits then they can maintain that high by blocking sales of Samsung phones. If not, then in another two quarters, once more Samsung phones will be back on top. Or perhaps it will be a new HTC one?

The iPhone is flat-lining. It is obvious from this refresh. Sure there is tons of free marketing on major news sites about the almighty second coming of the messiah iPhone, but in reality, it really isn't all that special. It is simply another incremental upgrade some of which is too keep up with the competition.

But, hey, don't let reality get in the way of your worship of all things Apple. ;)

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RE[3]: 'Boring copy-cat'
by MOS6510 on Thu 13th Sep 2012 16:43 in reply to "RE[2]: 'Boring copy-cat'"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

From the artcile you posted:

"But is the top relevant at this point? Unfortunately it isn’t, as iPhone 4S demand in the region has been gradually dwindling in recent months, with consumers waiting for the iPhone 5 to be unveiled. Once launched, the new iOS smartphone will probably retake its number one place across the board, although the Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 will certainly be worth watching."

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RE[4]: 'Boring copy-cat'
by TM99 on Fri 14th Sep 2012 01:13 in reply to "RE[3]: 'Boring copy-cat'"
TM99 Member since:
2012-08-26

From the artcile you posted:

"But is the top relevant at this point? Unfortunately it isn’t, as iPhone 4S demand in the region has been gradually dwindling in recent months, with consumers waiting for the iPhone 5 to be unveiled. Once launched, the new iOS smartphone will probably retake its number one place across the board, although the Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 will certainly be worth watching."


Good Lord, read the rest of the damned article and a thousand more like it on business sites. Android phones are starting to dominate the market even in the US. iPhone 4S briefly took top spot due to popularity and upgrades, then the Samsung Galaxy took the top position and maintained it for more quarters. The same bump will happen with the iPhone 5 now (or maybe it won't give the distinct lack of wow and new features that don't necessarily scream 'upgrade me') for a quarter or two. Then once more Android phones regain their ever-growing market ascendance.

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RE[3]: 'Boring copy-cat'
by tupp on Thu 13th Sep 2012 18:16 in reply to "RE[2]: 'Boring copy-cat'"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

One must keep in mind that the actual (lack of) quality of an Apple product has no influence on the droves of gushing Apple marketing/RDF victims.

This epidemic is perfectly demonstrated in this recent Jimmy Kimmel "Iphone 5" experiment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdIWKytq_q4

Edited 2012-09-13 18:17 UTC

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RE[4]: 'Boring copy-cat'
by MOS6510 on Fri 14th Sep 2012 03:24 in reply to "RE[3]: 'Boring copy-cat'"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

"In any case, every person in the video thinks that the two-year old iPhone 4 is “faster,” “lighter” and even more durable than the iPhone 4S."

Well, they can cut out the ones that don't, but never mind that. You can do this trick/experiment with any brand or product. I was able to convince some people my MessagePad was an iPad.

This guy even tricked you thinking it has to do with Apple's RDF.

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