Originally Posted by kotatsu
They've made a lot of mis-steps lately it's true, and it's right to vent about them because I know they can be better.
There is always room for improvement, however not everyone would see a larger iPhone as an improvement.
They've squandered their lead in smart phones by failing to innovate, and in some ways iOS 6 is a big step backwards - the lack of the superb Google Maps with street view and very in depth local information is a massive, completely insane mis-step.
Taking Google Maps off the system is one of the smartest things they have done recently. You shouldn't base your points on things you clearly don't understand.
Maps is surely one of the top three most used features in a smart phone, and Apple have willingly crippled the iPhone 5, and anyone foolish enough to 'upgrade' with a vastly inferior mapping product.
I know you live on an island but you really should find something else to smoke beside turtle shells.
The lack of a modern screen size for the iPhone is also a major issue. I use public transport a fair bit and can see trends in phones change over time - the British public have gone from dumb phones, to iPhones, to Blackberrys (bizarre I know, but true in my experience) to large screen Android phones. iPhones are still a common sight, but far less than they used to be. It's impossible to know what the causes for this are, and there are most likely several, but given the way the likes of the Galaxy phones sell it's hard to imagine that screen size isn't a major draw.
For along time I've said Apple needs various size of iPhones, on this point there is little debate. The problem is unless you canvass the users you really don't know what is going on. For example Blackberrys used to be forced upon users by corporations.
Then there's the skeumorphic design, which is beyond hideous. Whoever is green lighting these ghastly designs needs to be given a new job at Apple, perhaps making the tea or cleaning the loos.
A widely copied design?
I've owned and used Apple products for many, many years, but they're being eaten alive by Google right now and that doesn't need to be the case.
This is hardly the case, everything indicates strong sales against a wide array of Android based products.