News Analysis: Apple will start shipping the iPhone 4S on Oct. 14. But even after it hits the market, it might be a good idea for consumers to wait awhile before buying it.
excitement over the shipment of the iPhone 4S has been building for 10 days
The smartphone, which is expected to launch on Oct. 14, features the same
goodies as its predecessor, the iPhone 4, such as the Retina Display, along
with a host of improvements, including a dual-core processor, faster downlink
speeds on AT&T's network and a better camera. Plus, it starts at $199, which
matches the price of the iPhone 4's cheapest model when that device launched
consumers have voted with their wallets on the iPhone 4S
, with Apple
claiming a sellout of preorders and a new single-day record on that front. To
say that the device will be a top-seller after it launches is perhaps an
whether or not consumers should opt to buy the iPhone 4S now is another
question. Sure, it looks like a fine purchase, and over time it might be ideal
for just about everyone. But is it really best to be an early adopter at this
point? Probably not.
on to find out why
buying the iPhone 4S right now isn't such a good idea
1. It's an early adopters' game
iPhone 4S is undoubtedly a fine-looking product with some neat features. But
buying the device at launch is for early adopters. Those folks like to buy
products as soon as they're out, no matter how good they are. Sometimes, they
benefit from that. But in other cases, they don't. Being an early adopter has
its risks and isn't always the best idea.
2. Waiting on the iPhone 5
to the announcement of the iPhone 4S, there was some speculation that Apple
would launch the iPhone 5. But it didn't. And now the rumor mill is trying to
determine when it might do so. At this point, there's no telling. But chances
are, it should come out sooner rather than later. With that in mind, you might
want to hold off on buying the iPhone 4S so you're not locked into a two-year
deal when the iPhone 5 launches.
3. What will Samsung and Google show off?
and Google are planning to hold a special event this month to show off the
Galaxy Nexus, a smartphone that many believe could be the best answer yet to
the iPhone 4S. Will that device actually be a worthwhile competitor? It's certainly
possible. So, why not wait to see what the companies show off before deciding
to buy the iPhone 4S?
4. Let the iPhone 4 run its course
to the announcement of the iPhone 4S, just about everyone agreed that the
iPhone 4 was the best product on the market. Why should customers who were
thinking about buying that device turn their back on it now, especially
considering it's so much cheaper? Plus, those who own the iPhone 4
really have no reason to ditch that device
, since it's running iOS 5 and
the iPhone 4S doesn't offer all that much in the way of improvements. At this
point, it might be better to let the iPhone 4 run its course.