As it turns out, Apple set a new record, selling over 1 million iPhone 4GSs in the first 24 hours. When iPhone 4 was launched, sales were "only" 600,000 on the first day.
Beginning of the end? It sure doesn't look that way!
You must be kidding if you believe that Apple does not have the expertise to do 4G. It is clearly their decision that the networks and the baseband chips for 4G are not mature enough and do not meet the high standards that set Apple apart. These days doing LTE modem is not an impossible task and Qualcomm is very happy to help and get their chips inside.
I responded several days to all the negative comments that we will know in two weeks if 4S will be a success like 3GS was. We do not have to wait anymore! Today we learned that 4S is already sold out! AT&T announced that they sold 200K in the first 12 hours and it was the most successful iPhone launch in their history!
Thanks, kdboyce. To add, I think that there is still a lot of pent-up demand for the iPhone and adding Sprint, the #3 carrier, scoops up people who would leave if they could (lack of iPhone the most frequently cited reason for subscribers departing) but are on corporate contracts. Also, many people were on the fence about moving to the i4 but the i4S may get them to upgrade from their i3 or i3GS.
The only losers seem to be folks on T-Mobile, as the i4S cannot be used on their 700/2100 HSPA+ network that is being marketed as 4G (only 3G EDGE at 850 MHz). I would blame the uncertainly over the outcome of the AT&T acquisition.
Funny you should say that about the Droid. My wife has had one for a couple years, and since I never use her phone, and have minimal user experience with the Android OS, I too find that it takes me a minute or two figure out how to do what I want to do whenever I pick the thing up.
I never had any such frustration the first time I ever picked up an iPhone.
I recently got married and my marriage involved the merging of my iPhone 3GS and my wife's droid. Somehow that hasn't gotten in the middle of our marriage ;)
One big thing that hasn't been mentioned yet and is very important to me is the user experience that the iPhone has. The user interface is very intuitive and upon picking up an iPhone one almost instantly knows how to use it. A number of times I've picked up my wife's phone to attempt a simple task only for it to take me several minutes to figure it out.
I don't think the user experience that Apple brings to the table is not something I've seen anywhere else.
Although most of us are hardware-focused, it seems as if Apple needs to find another service, so they can sell razor blades. Sure, razors are fine too, particularly if they are high-styled. Just a thought. Of course it's relatively easy to copy services, and difficult to express industrial design language through them.
I've never been swept up in the iCult, but I have seen businesses who attempted to deal with Cupertino by supplying to them devastated by the capriciousness typical of Steve's regime. I remember when Firewire was going to be IT for a while, and a small company was assured that their substantial investment in custom hardware for Apple was going to reap rewards. Then, virtually overnight, Jobs decided that Firewire sucked and it had to all be something else. Just like that. That characteristic of Apple will definitely NOT be missed.