If an iPhone 4S is all that Apple releases next week, I'll be a bit disappointed.
When the iPhone 3GS was released in 2009, I stood in line for 3 hours at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC to get mine -- the day before my wedding no less, when I had guests coming in from out of town
. But back in 2009, the iPhone really had no competition -- why would I want to go with anything else?
When the iPhone 4 came out, I pre-ordered on day one because while the Android competition had started to gain some steam, Apple was still clearly ahead of the pack in more ways than one.
However, fourteen months later, I wonder. If Apple is going to use the same design with upgraded innards, it seems like a poor decision to make. The competitive landscape is very different now. According to Nielsen, Android smartphones make up 43% of the U.S. smartphone market. Apple is losing market share, now down at 28%.http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/...acing-android/
Playing it safe isn't in the cards anymore. It's time to start curb-stomping the competition.
And the same tired complaints don't work anymore:
1) Well, Apple sells only needs to sell two types of phones (iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS)
2) Well, Apple makes more profit per phone
3) Well, Android manufacturers dump cheap phones and B1G1 offers on consumers
To tell you the truth, that stuff may matter to investors, but it obviously doesn't matter to consumers, or they wouldn't be buying Android smartphones. Apple obviously sees the threat, hence all the lawsuits.
I guess my point is; I'd like to see Apple take some chances on the hardware side (again). Thinner, lighter, larger screen, with an aluminum unibody makes sense. We've been on a 3.5" screen since day one -- give it up. It's time to move on.
Remember, this isn't just about grabbing onto existing Apple customers; this is also about taking BACK those customers that have jumped ship to Android. Dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8MP camera? Pfff, Android users have been eatin' that s**t up for nearly year. What would make them want to move to an iPhone 4S?
I also think that LTE should be in there as well. Verizon has already substantially built out its LTE network (AT&T's LTE network is still in its infancy, however), it'd be a damn shame if we have to wait another year (or fourteen months) just to have the privilege of having LTE on an iPhone when everyone in their grandma on the Android side has been enjoying it for nearly a year now.
STOP PLAYING IT SAFE, APPLE. KNOCK SOME F**KING TEETH OUT!