Apple foisting another proprietary, or at least non-standard, commector on the adoring public? Not really new.
Completely agree with Sylvie's tone in this piece. One thing, though. I'm not sure if Apple can get away without wowing the faithful on a regular basis. This is very much a fashion-conscious market segment. If you don't maintain that passionate following, even if the passion seems bizarre to the rest of us, the fickle crowd might just start looking elsewhere.
I've been wondering just how much this has been a bit of personality cultism for some time now. The comments about Steve Jobs are revealing.
I agree there was no big "Wow!" in the iPhone 5. But I don't think it looked quite so bad as the iPhone 4S when Samsung and LG were announcing LTE handsets with big displays and Apple had neither--just Siri doing her thing.
Apple doesn't want to be on the bleeding edge, but they still need to convince consumers they are cool. It's a tricky line to walk but a little smoke and mirrors marketing helps.
26% were irritated by the smaller SIM? It would be really interesting to hear how this survey was conducted.
If you picked two groups of people at random asked one group their feelings about anything that could be seen as negative (new SIM, new dock connector, larger dimensions, etc.) and the other their feelings about anything that could be seen as positive (LTE, bigger screen, 2x better performance, better battery life, thinner) and after all that asked each group how they felt about it, pretty sure the answers would be quite different.
Not saying this survey was deliberately slanted, but it is strange that they specifically asked people if they were annoyed by the smaller SIM, and fully 1/4 of people were. How is it possible to be annoyed by a SIM? The only thing that annoys me about a SIM is that in 2012 we still require a hardware SIM at all.
I hear it needs an adapter for older chargers? BAAAD. Does it fit in existing docks?
That was one nice thing Nokia (remember them??) got right at one point - same chargers, same cradles etc for all their phones. When they stopped doing that, it was the beginning of the end.
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