The much anticipated, the much hyped iPhone 5 is here, and it indeed is better than the iPhone 4S. But, did it meet the expectations? Is it good enough for Apple itself to improve on it’s market share? Is it good enough to beat the increasingly popular Android and not to forget the OS that’s coming back to life from the dead with an all new approach, Windows?
This post is on the basis of an assumption that the new iPhone 5 turns out to be exactly as explained, even the ear buds are awesome, no unexpected flaws like the one we found in iPhone 4, remember? Just if there is a flaw, especially something major, it could be really bad news for Apple. This is the last thing Apple would want now.
The new iPhone 5 comes as an upgrade from the iPhone 4S, with a larger display, a faster processor, a thinner and lighter build, an upgraded OS, LTE support & the new earbuds. As far as the lightening connector is concerned, not sure if it’s an upgrade, it’s more of a replacement of the earlier connector. Everything mentioned above, except for the LTE support, the new earbuds and the new connector was an inevitable upgrade. LTE support and the new earbuds were actually long pending upgrades. They were amongst the list of expectations since quite some time, just like NFC Support yet is.
Let’s come to what we expected and is missing in iPhone 5. Well, a further larger display may be 4.5 inches or so, NFC Support definitely, micro-USB support, a 12MP Camera upgrade, and more openness, more rights given to the user over the handset, and not to forget the wireless charging that Nokia’s come up with in it’s new Lumia 920. Looking at the expected and missing features, the list is big enough.
Considering it’s opponents, HTC, Samsung, Sony for Android OS and Nokia, Samsung, for Windows Phone 8, all of them have a flagship model that is a better and a cheaper handset, atleast specification wise than the iPhone 5. With the iPhone 5, Apple no more seems like a company that’s willing to try something new, revolutionize the market. The expectation for iPhone 5 was a handset that could beat the lot, make people using Android and Windows Phone come to Apple, take away their market share. That’s really not going to happen. It has nothing new to offer to the Android User Base. Windows is for those willing to try something new and different. Apple iPhone 5 is for only Apple loyalists. It doesn’t seem likely to appeal to others. As far as market share is concerned it would only lead to the downfall of Apple, and the rise of Android and Windows Phones.