That the iPhone looks pretty much the same this year as it did last. Of course, this meme is unburied, reanimated, and set to lurch following every new device announcement. Never mind that the iPhone 5 has been completely rebuilt at almost the atomic level, it's still a rounded rectangle. Apple's not designing by dice roll. They're relentlessly working towards something they've had in mind since 2005. Something inevitable. Something unmolested by the whims, vagaries, and expectations of kitsch and chaos. But before anyone utters "bored now"...
Let's look at how much Nokia has changed their design every year, from the N9 to the Lumia 900 and Lumia 920.
Samsung from the Galaxy S to Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III.
HTC from the EVO 4G and Thunderbolt to the One X.
And, of course, Lamborghini's from the Murciélago to Gallardo and Aventador.
Calling the iPhone 5 boring is easy. It's a talking point. A tag line. It's the first ten words. What are the next ten? Tell me those. Tell me how the new manufacturing process with metal back and chamfered edges is in any way the same and I'll admit to being "bored now" as well.
Chances are nobody can. And that's the real "bored now".
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So going from square corners to round corners on S2 to S3 is different but having a bigger screen from 4S to 5 is virtually the same. Apple doesn't have to come up with something totally new because they have a phone that works and works well. They keep improving the user experience.
Iikely, but sure feels that way. So there you have it. YES, the Nokia has a better OS, YES, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a bigger, more colorful screen. And I enjoy them both -- LOVE the s3, actually -- but for now, I need the apps and ecosystem that only the iPhone can offer. Next year? Who knows. Android is catching up on the app front and if Google can come up with a worthy competitor to AirPlay, the whole game could change. I kind of doubt it will. But I dearly hope Apple will put as much effort into the NEXT iPhone as Samsung will with its Galaxy sIV. If not, well, I'll just reach for a different device. We don't really depend on Apple as much as they do on us. And they know it.
- Revive Apple TV by buying TiVo. TiVo is still the leader in providing TV when you need it, apple could build on top of this to own the living room. Run apps on the living room box, make it the game console/home entertainment server/home automation server/etc. Simplify everything in the living room: TV, receiver, remote, etc. Right now this stuff is still so last century.
- Buy a major online company, such as Facebook or Yahoo. With the drag of the devices, this could be a powerhouse and rival Google.
- Provide a hybrid iPad - Laptop combination. If Apple doesn't, this will be the way Microsoft will hurt them. Also a subtle way to draw in those iOS lover/MacOS haters, like myself.
- Reinvent iTunes. Such a looser software compared to iOS.
I hate phones that get hot.
Samsung spent all their $$$$ on copying because there wasn't any innovation. Might not be true now but it certainly was. Kind of makes Apple right to sue, no?
Now having said that, if the iPhone is soooo good why is Jail breaking so popular? Seems like if you have to JB the phone then there is something fundamentally missing from the OS. I'm just saying. It also seems like it’s way easier to JB and iPhone than it is to Root a Android phone and it’s simply not needed on a Windows Phone.
And I love this one, although I would like to say the idea to make the iPhone's screen bigger was customer request and nothing else, and now I've already seen polls on "wether it's too big."