Mobile and Wireless: iPhone 5's Impending Debut: 10 Competing Products Sure to Be Hurt

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-08-06 Print this article Print
Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has benefited from its stiff competition with the iPhone 4S. The device comes with a larger screen, has near-field communication (NFC), and delivers a slick design. But according to reports, Apple's iPhone 5 will launch with all those same features. That's bad news for the Galaxy Nexus.
Apple's iPhone 5 is just around the corner. In fact, the latest reports suggest that the device will be unveiled Sept. 12 and then finally launch nine days later on Sept. 21. Assuming that's the case, consumers, enterprise users and even Apple's competitors will need to be ready. Each year, Apple's iPhone sparks major changes in the mobile space. And stakeholders that aren't prepared are typically left behind. Prior to an iPhone's launch, sales of other devices tend to fall. After the latest iPhone is made available, all the products that had been selling well are likely to be ignored for some time. It's as if the iPhone were the only device that mattered to consumers and enterprise users. And carriers, hoping to generate some cash in the quarter, have no choice but to promote their Apple products as much as possible. The iPhone 5 will likely be no exception to that rule. In fact, there's a good chance that it'll hurt a host of devices when it launches at least for a time. The following slides pinpoint which devices the iPhone 5 launch will most likely affect.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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