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Disappointing? New iPhone 5 officially launched

Finally the iPhone 5 has been officially announced by Apple. Its thinner, lighter, has a better camera, better processor, and bigger screen. It now has LTE (high speed mobile network capability which depends on the carrier to have it available, of course), better Wi-Fi, and comes with iOS 6, that’s it.

At first I was having kind of a sensation of disappointment on Apple, and then, talking with a friend, he said something very certain “In the end it´s just a phone”…
 Why are we expecting so much from a phone? Might be because Apple itself set a new smartphone starting point with the launch of the first iPhone, and over the years it got better and better?
Or is it just that we are so hungry to have a revolutionary device in our pockets? How often this can happen? Maybe we will have to wait for the next year´s iPhone to see if some really revolutionary thing is implemented, a.k.a. astonishing battery performance J

The 2012 update has been rumored over and over again since months and a lot of picture parts and designs have been leaked on different forums. In the end, when you put most of the pics together they were all in all, almost certain.

It would have been nice to see as the icing of the cake: NFC, fingerprint reader among other things, but although the new updates don’t look as great as maybe a previous version, we are seeing a great peace of technology all put together in a very comfortable format with respect for quality, as only Apple knows how to do.

It will be interesting to see what will happen with the smartphones market now, as a lot of people where just waiting to see what the iPhone 5 was all about before taking the decision on buying or renewing devices (me included). For example my girlfriend finds the iPhone 4S just great for what she needs and here in Switzerland Sunrise is offering it without any cost for a 24 month contract of around USD 45 a month. (We will probably get one this week) 🙂

Samsung has been doing a really nice job with their S3, but also iPhone users generally stick with Apple devices.
Of course you can check more details and the official video from Apple presenting the new iPhone 5 on the following link.

What do you think? Will the fresh iPhone 5 succeed? Or we are facing the beginning of the downfall of Apple?

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6 Comments

  1. I have my third Android phone (Nexus One, HTC Sensation, Galaxy Nexus) but am thinking of getting the iPhone 5. There is absolutely no lack of features in Android, the problem is the overall experience, which IMO needs a lot of improving.

    I hope we see a better and smoother smartphone experience in the near future, not just a set of new features that aren’t really needed at the time. If the next iPhone is exactly like the iPhone 5 with a smoother experience and a much better battery life, I think it’s great phone.

    I don’t need design surprises or crazy new features. We should stop comparing the data sheets and start comparing the experience. Who cares what CPU is built in if the system freezes and apps crash?

    Just a phone? A smartphone is far from “just a phone”. For me it’s much more like a little computer that can also be used as a phone, like one of many apps is the phone… Or is it a camera? Or a newspaper, or an iPod, or a torch? 😉

    • Its true, from the moment you use the Smartphone for a lot more than talking as a standard phone, it will probably be less phone than in the past 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your opinion! 😉

  2. Flying to the moon would be a great feature to have.

    I would also like to have an app that fixes my car when it wont start.

  3. I don’t agree that it’s just a phone. That’s an old argument for people asking why they should change their Nokia 1100 cellphone. Smartphones are a lot more like computers than phones. I personally use actual phone function on my smartphone only once or twice a day, but use e-mail, whatsapp, news readers and even games much more frequently than that.

    After such anticipation, I expected a revolutionary phone. It’s better than the iPhone 4S, but it’s no worth switching from that to this.

    • Of course it is not just a phone. It is a smartphone. But what were you expecting? Flying to the moon with the iPhone 5? It is still a communication device, and the iPhone 5 has everything – for communication.

      If we are really expecting something revolutionary than we are talking about a communcation revolution. And what would that be? Hologram? Talking with aliens? Everything else is just technical stuff and nice to have. In order to that I think we will be expecting to much for years…

      Happy to hear your arguments.

    • Santiago, I agree with Patrice in terms that its just a Smartphone, which indeed one expects it to have several “SmartPhone” functionalities as you mentioned.
      The whole point here is that everything was already known, there was no surprise at all…Apple always got to us buy astonishing with something crazy! The event was boring and the new iPhone 5 just lines up with some greats phones already on the market like for example the Samsung Galaxy 3, which by the way looks really great.
      I dont want to think that Steve Job´s death is actually affecting Apple development. I just want to think this is the iPhone for this year and next year they will have to surprise us all…There will always be Apple fans buying iPhones and selling the old ones to get the new fresh line 🙂