The iPhone 5 – Playing Catchup

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Yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone 5, after weeks of leaks, most of which turned out to be spot on. Here is a brief rundown of what the iPhone 5 brings to the table:

  • iOS 6
  • 4-inch retina 1136×640 pixels (that’s 326ppi) display
  • 8 megapixel iSight camera
  • LTE connectivity
  • Dual-band 802.11n
  • Apple A6 processor
  • nano-SIM card support only
  • 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
  • 112 g

The iPhone 5 looks much like the version 4s, only bigger. As it stands, the iPhone 5 is a good smartphone, but it is less compelling than several flagships on Android and Windows Phone 8. With this launch, Apple has consolidated its new position in the game of playing catch-up. There is nothing that sets the iPhone 5 ahead of the pack. As a matter of fact, in addition to iOS lacking significant features that other smartphones take for granted, that 4-inch display, while brilliant, is dated 2010.

4-inch displays are what Sony, for example, are beginning to push in their entry-level Android smartphones. Many mid-end and flagship smartphones spot 4.3-inch, 4.5-inch, 4.7-inch and 4.8-inch displays.

Then there is no NFC chip in the iPhone 5. What? To be honest, I find the iPhone 5 boring. It is just another smartphone. Nothing compelling. Still, it is an iPhone. It is likely to sell well. Apple could have put a 2.8-inch monochrome display on this thing, and it would still sell anyway. It is called iWitchcraft.

But Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is faster. That is something. It is thinner. That is something. Apple also claims superb battery performance. If that pans out, that is something. I’m a sucker for great battery life anyday. The iPhone 5 is a good smartphone, and should sell, though its days of outselling Android have long since been over. The iPhone no longer leads the smartphone pack.

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  1. The iPhone is designed to appeal to iProduct users, not necessarily the likes of you and me.

    For those people this may be a boring but great product. For iPhone 3, 3GS and 4 users, this is a worthy upgrade and brilliant device.

  2. iOS lacking features other smartphones take for granted,iWitchcraft…
    nothing really spectacular about this device. I also wonder why details of this flagship mid-range device wasn’t kept secret. most of the leaked details happened to be true.
    Steve jobs should be writhing in pains now

  3. Still carrying over my gapping yawn from the 4S launch. In the future i wont be paying attention to any apple product launch.

  4. The smartphone arena has become similar to the Lawn Tennis World. Nobody remains on top for long. The Leader today can find itself out if confirmation tomorrow, and at dizzying speeds!

    The tepid response to this iPhone is a validation to the truism than “Nothing lasts forever”.

    No one can defy the Laws Of Gravity (unless you are in Outer Soace). What goes up must eventually come down at some point.

    Innovation is the surest way to keep ahead, not litigation, locking in users into a restrictive ecosystem, or bullying competition.

  5. I think the iPhone 5 unveiling is even more underwhelming than that of iPhone 4S. Even same is true for the accompanying operating system upgrades. It is almost like Apple is at the acme of its innovative ideas. But that is to be expected when you monopolize a particular business. Please don’t get me wrong, the iSheep world is simply monopolized by Apple. Apple know it all and just like the author said, if Apple should bundle monochrome screen in their next iPhone iteration, the iSheep will still see it as the best thing on planet earth.

    But I’m convinced Apple must be at work right now because Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 and their devices pose potential threats that should not be treated with levity. The lack visible response from Apple in their latest iOS and phone launch must be because there is little time to bring anything into their latest offerings that were almost close to launch when Microsoft made the announcement.

  6. I can see a lot of derision against Apple on this post. Mentioning stuff like NFC which isn’t adopted in Nigeria is going too far. Even in developed countries NFC is just barely getting along.

    However, I agree that the iPhone 5 was more of an evolutionary upgrade. Apple was playing it too safe. And that in itself is a bad thing. Suddenly yesterday, I began to imagine that if Steve Jobs had died before 2010, then maybe Apple wouldn’t have been bold enough to come up with its remarkable glass design of the iphone 4! I felt this way because what I saw yesterday was a company that was too conservative, and also lacking the spark of its founder! They just cultivated the original iPhone 4 design, because they felt that they had a winning formula and want to build around it, forgetting so quickly that RIM was in a similar position just a few years back! Now look at where RIM is now just because they failed to innovate!

    There wasn’t any risk taking. Just “nursing” a previous tested design. I give credit to Elop and Nokia for that though. Enormous risk taking!

    What stops Apple from bringing a “one more thing” moment yesterday? And why a meagre 4 inch screen? Why not 4.3 or 4.5 inch? Why follow the design of the iPhone 4/4S too religiously. what prevents them from bringing a new introducing a novel phone design and size?

    It’s a fact that Apple would sell a lot of the iPhone 5s lbe ause of its loyal followings and fans, but how long can they continue like this without truly innovating and pushing the limits of disruption in Tech?

    My fear in all these is the possibility of Android OEMs resting on their oars with little true innovation because of lack of a competitive edge from Apple!

  7. Apple is only focused now on making money. They put less effort into innovating. Give the previous iphone small touch here and there and it’s tradition that the isheep will still buy in millions. That is why apple keeps making billions yearly. The isheep pay huge dollars for a product that cost so little for the manufacturer.

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