5. The iPhone 4S is ahead, but for how long?
As mentioned, the iPhone 4S
is such a fine smartphone that when compared with all the other devices on
store shelves today, it's still quite far ahead of the competition. But for how
Both Motorola and Samsung have their sights set on the iPhone 4S
offer products in the coming weeks and months that, depending on whom one asks,
at least come close to matching Apple's latest smartphone. The iPhone 5,
however, was expected to be groundbreaking and a guaranteed step up over
anything consumers have seen yet. It's that prospect for greatness that makes
customers still think about Apple's yet-to-be-announced smartphone.
6. 4G, anyone?
When Apple showed off the
iPhone 4S, it spent considerable time talking about the iPhone 4S' new "wireless system." The company said that the device would give users 14.4M bps
download speeds over 3G, helping it to match the 4G speeds its competitors
offer. However, only AT&T customers will be able to see that gain in speed;
others are left with 3G speeds
. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, was expected
to come with 4G connectivity, which means any customer on any network would be
able to enjoy those faster speeds. The iPhone 4S' lack of 4G is a problem.
7. A new step in design
Apple has long been the
leader in design. And when the company unveiled the iPhone 4 last year, it made
that abundantly clear. But this year, with the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple
didn't innovate on design. Instead, it brought the same look as the iPhone 4
with a few internal improvements. It was a disappointment for some customers,
especially those who were hoping for all the design improvements that were
rumored to be coming to the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S design, while still quite
nice, is making some folks wonder what the iPhone 5 will look like.
8. An even greater step up in mobility
Although it didn't get too
much attention, a rumor prior to the announcement of the iPhone 4S suggested
Apple was planning to make the iPhone 5 a thinner, wider option in order to
accommodate the aforementioned larger display, but also make the handset more
mobile. It was something that many folks who heard the rumor celebrated, and
it's something that those same people are waiting for from Apple.
9. iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 pricing
Apple's decision to start
selling the iPhone 4S for $199 and up is fine. However, the company's decision
to price the iPhone 4 at $99 and make the iPhone 3GS a free offer might make at
least some customers think twice about the iPhone 4S. After all, spending at
least $200 this year and then another $200 next year when the iPhone 5 is
expected to launch doesn't sound all that appealing. But only spending $99 or
nothing this year to wait until the iPhone 5 launches isn't such a bad
financial proposition. Sure, switching devices might push the price of the
iPhone 5 up a bit, but when it's all said and done, Apple's reduced pricing on
the older iPhones makes it easier for those who want the iPhone 5 to wait a bit longer
10. A two-year carryover
As mentioned, it might not
be long before the iPhone 4S is trumped by competing devices from Android
vendors. Furthermore, it might not take long for the device to be bested by the
iPhone 5. The problem is, the iPhone 4S does not provide a two-year carryover
for customers. Instead, it's a stopgap for Apple until it can get its next
major refresh on store shelves. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, will give
customers two good years of market leadership in terms of functionality. The
iPhone 4S is fine, but if the rumors about the follow-on device are to be one's
guide, it's no iPhone 5.
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