2 million pre-orders in 24 hours, and analysts are predicting anywhere from 3 to 10 million iPhone 5 sales over the launch weekend.
No matter what a handful of survey respondents told that global internet juggernaut CouponCodes4U (LOL!), I don't think anyone at Apple is going to be disappointed by the iPhone 5's sales numbers!
Regardless of what surveys, bloggers and Android users say about the new iPhone 5, it is still selling faster than any previous iPhone. Apple has enough money to bail out European countries so they must be doing something right.
Yes, now it is official standard but smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, and only Apple needs such small SIM-card. Any other Apple competitors use mini-sim size and does not need to use smaller cards. If only Apple uses this standard, this is against customer, because they have problems when swapping cards.
At least their advertising slogan for the iPhone 5 doesn't make me want to punch a Genius(tm)... as much.
The iPhone 4 (or was it 4S): "This changes everything, again" was maddeningly awful. And totally untrue. The newer "The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone" is just cringe-worthy.
I, for one, think the iPhone 5 looks great and I was impressed with the event and the announcements. We live in a very jaded time if such amazing products get such adverse reactions. Despite the spec changes the phone is an amazing piece of engineering, that you cannot deny. Apple leads the way in industrial design (I'd give Nokia a nod here too) and that's primarily the reason I love their products. Re. the connector - they were due for a change from the clunky 30-pin eventually. Even a change to micro-USB would have rendered everyone's accessories incompatible so "ligthning" or not, they coudn't win.
Many of the remarks are totally shallow, like an ether spill on a hot day. And "hey, its only a phone". From the announcements, it did seem like it would have something new, and perhaps it does have something worthwhile, such as longer battery life or higher speech fidelity, or even better range. But really, why the excitement at all? Its only a phone.
It is obvious that Apple still has all of the marketing skill that they had before, so you do need to give them a lot of credit for that. When was the last time you felt any thrill at the release of a new version of an existing product line?
I've never dropped my phone in the toilet, or otherwise had any problems with any of my phones where I ever wanted to remove my SIM and put it in another phone.
This is the new official SIM standard, not some proprietary Apple thing, so likely in a year or two all new phones will be using this standard.
"And if consistency, good looking hardware and software that actually works is disappointing to the unwashed masses, well, what can I say...."
That's just it -- the iPhone has lost two of those attributes: software that actually works (have you TRIED Siri?) and now, good looking hardware. Part of the cult of the iPhone is the aesthetics of the design. The iPhone 4 (and identical 4S) are beautiful pieces of industrial design. I'll even go so far as to say they're works of practical art.
The iPhone 5 is a mutant-looking piece of garbage. Just look at the parodies making the rounds today with photos of ridiculously elongated phones (iPhone 10, etc.). There's a reason those jokes are funny -- and it's because iPhone design has lost its way. The iPhone 5 looks weird, it's no longer "good looking."
Android people just don't get it. Maybe it's because they have no sense of taste and so they're satisfied with their plasticky gizmos. Even if the iPhone 4/4S was technically deficient when compared to phones like the Galaxy III S, at least the iPhone was beautiful.
Now? It's still technically inferior (hell, it's inferior to the Galaxy II S - two models back!) and it's FUGLY to boot.
Apple Fail, indeed.
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