Yesterday, Apple finally unveiled the most awaited iPhone 5 with potent new A6 processor and larger 4-inch retina display. As expected, the device has ultra-slim body with aluminum enclosure, but I am not going to dig-in for specifications and other features now as we already addressed these things earlier. I accept that the new iPhone 5 is better than its predecessor in terms of functionality and in few other aspects like LTE antenna and battery performance – Despite, I don’t suggest anyone to buy Apple’s ‘new-baby’, soon to be available in stores. Undoubtedly, Apple’s enthusiasm had kept huge expectation from new iPhone, but after yesterday’s launch industry is witnessing huge disappointment among people.
In 2007, Steve Jobs revolutionized smartphone concept by introducing iPhone. Since then, Apple has rolled up many innovative products one after another only to prove itself as pioneer company in tech industry. Though, Apple has been focusing on its product line for the betterment of product with each launch, this time Apple apparently failed to get the right pulse and derailed from the path of constant revolution.
Apple’s iPhone 5 almost looks like iPhone 4S, besides being little longer , thinner and lighter. Indeed, I was expecting more from iPhone 5 in aspects of design and features, but it came to me as big disappointment. Considering its screen size – which is larger than iPhone 4S – the retina display on iPhone 5 is pretty similar to iPhone 4S as both have same pixel density of 326 ppi.
In terms of OS, Android Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8 is no way vulnerable than Apple’s iOS 6. On the contrary, Android Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8 have enticed users in last couple of months. I agree that there are 200 new features in iPhone 5, but what are their importance? They look similar to every other iteration of iOS that we have seen in past two years.
In addition to this, I also expected that Apple could introduce SD-card support with iPhone 5 only to see my wish chocking. There is absolute no improvement in storage capacity too as Apple has stuck with the same 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants. I also hate Apple’s propitiatory charger which kills every possibility of an alternative in case you miss or forget. It’s just unanimous dependency !
Apple iPhone 5 belongs to a class where other contenders have just debuted or about to debut in next few months. The head-to-head competition with Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Ativ S will surely hurt iPhone 5 till a certain extent in markets outside US – if not inside Apple’s own Dane. With 4.5 inch or bigger screen and almost identical processing power, these super premium class smartphones could have edge upon iPhone 5 – unless a person is not obsessive enough towards Apple brand.
There was a time when Apple unilaterally dominated over other smartphone vendors due to lack of high-end smartphones in the market. But, the current scenario doesn’t provide a cake-walk for the most valuable company in the world. There’s a sequence of high-end smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy SIII and HTC One X, which have marked their presence in the market with the help of Google’s Android. Consequently, Apple’s growth and market share appreciated in limited fashion. Numbers speak it all; In Q2 this year, Apple managed to shipped only 26 million iPhones against 154 million smartphones (powered by other OSs) shipped during the same quarter.
I don’t understand why Apple is resisting to avoid microUSB with iPhone, but its switch from a 30-pin setup to 8-pin is just annoying to users. Really, it’s the time for Apple to restructure its innovation process and strategy, failing to which it would prove fatal for World’s most valuable company, controlling the market value equal to combined value of Top tech IT giant ( Apple = Microsoft + Google+ Amazon + Facebook)