September 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm #1845
Cripes! I can’t help but feel some interest in the announcement even though I know that there is no chance that I will be buying one of these phones.
So what are the predictions?
Bigger screen, better camera, iOS6, high res
OK so these are nice improvements but surely they need some kinda killer innovation to really grab our interest – I do hope that they come up with something that surprises us all.
I’m still thinking there will be no 7″ tablet announced today…September 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm #1847
No iPad mini(as if Apple would use mini as their brand name anyway) and a few improvements to the iPhone to keep up to date. Nothing new here, nothing that should make anyone with a level head rush out.
I’m no Apple fanboy but I’m actually disappointed. And you have to laugh about some of the predictions that fans were talking about, there’s nothing ground breaking here. 4G support? Will be on all phones by the time its rolled out to the UK. iOS update? Gotta keep up with android. Hardware? Thinner / lighter but so what, more processing power but was that a problem?
Other than iOS, this looks like a standard smartphone and not even the top of the range.
Great to see iTunes getting a much needed overhaul – even if many Apple fans were in denial about how poor it was.
I think the competition will be quite relieved by this, nothing too scary here and a good chance to gain ground.
Looks good for Nexus 7.September 13, 2012 at 10:09 am #1860
I love the headline comment on the bbc lead article:
The device’s new size allows it to display an extra row of app icons on its home screen.
Yep, that’s the headline! An extra row of icons. Ground breaking!
And this is an amazing piece of post rationalisation. I think he massively misses the point, Apple need to justify their premium price and give a reason for the millions of iPhone 4 owners to upgrade.
4G? Yes, we’ll all be on that soon in just the same way we’ve all moved to 3G in the blink of an eye. Faster processor? So is that an admission that the iPhone 4 is slow? My cheap 2 year old Android phone is pretty snappy. Slimmer and lighter? That’s ‘nice’ but is it really something to splurge our limited cash on?
The author draws an anology to laptops, which seems fair enough. But he misses the point, who upgrades their laptop because a slightly lighter one comes out a year later? Most ‘normal’ people I know are running laptops that are 3-4 years old and finally upgrade when the old one gives up and becomes too slow to run the latest software.
So I totally get the importance of refreshing the tech and polishing it up, but this just seems to bring it into line with other flagship phones. And I’d argue the Samsung S3 offers more. The real point here is how can Apple continue to justify their reputation for being a vastly superior tech leader?
And if they do go and copy Google’s push into the 7″ tablet market surely all but the most faithful fans are going to see that they aren’t really that different from any other tech giant.
On the plus side
Apologies for the Apple bashing, I’m just a bit disappointed.
So the positives for me:
iTunes: About time, not that the Apple faithful would ever admit it, but this had become a real dinosaur and a good example of how no company is perfect.
iOS 6: I’m looking forward to this coming available and I’ll be grabbing it!
With iOS 6 and downloadable content on iPlayer I think my iPod Touch will get some use for change. Which is nice because these iPods cost more than a Nexus 7!September 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm #1874
Apple are to sue apple, the iPhone 5 is a blatant copy of the iPhone 4s.September 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm #1906
I heard they are going to release the iCar. It comes with a ‘revolutionary’ wheel.