Call me crazy but only an Apple lover would camp out in front of a store for a piece of metal with a motherboard. I like to consider myself a tech-head or better translated, a technology geek, but I would never sleep outside for anything where I have to hand over my hard earned money. I will never be able to understand why people rush to the store for something that will be outdated within a few months. It’s not like there won’t be news by next spring of Apple deciding to drop the iPhone 5S.
I have had my share of Apple products but I am not that loyal to the brand. I give props to the innovators of the tablet, but they can’t hold off the competition much longer by dropping an updated version of the same phone.
Now I don’t want you to think I am an Apple hater at all. I loved my iPod Touch because it was the first of its kind. It was the beginning of a new era in handheld entertainment, but it was limited unfortunately. Since having the first generation and iPhone 3GS over the last couple of years I was turned off by not being able to watch content that required a flash player. Since then I have gone back to my good old Android device where I could surf all my normal websites and enjoy the privilege of having a full web browsing experience. After all that’s why we call touch screen phones smart right? What good is a smart phone if all you see is a blue box with a question mark in the middle on every page you visit? I wonder how that blue box with the question mark came about anyway.
Since there has been a lot of buzz the past couple of weeks about the iPhone 5 I thought it would be good to give something to calm the fanatics down. Sure Apple does make world class products but when will the madness stop? You would think that people would get tired of them changing a few specs every couple of months and adding a digit behind the latest version of the iPhone and calling it new. This is the same iPhone that came out in 2007. The only difference is the specs under the hood. The specs under the hood have to change because of the technological advancements happening every day. In my opinion there hasn’t been any new ingenuity in the design or functionality of the phone that makes it worth the hype. Instead of suing Samsung they should be more concerned with how Samsung is changing the game in all categories. Samsung may have copied the image and likeness of Apple in regards to some patents but they have surpassed them in creativity. With the release of the Galaxy Note and Samsung SIII the game has been changed completely. Who would have every thought that you could have a 5 inch smartphone in your hand to substitute the need for a PC? All I can say is “Watch out Apple. The game has changed and you are not the big dog anymore.”
For all my fellow tech heads that are willing to go wait in line for hours or swap out your handset for the same old iPhone I would recommend waiting for the hype to cool down. Usually you see people sleeping in the street because they need money, not because they are throwing money away. You have to be a real loyal fan of the brand to pencil into your schedule the time needed to stand in line or even sleep outside in line formation instead of a good night sleep just for a phone. That is truly the definition of loyalty. It reminds me of the people that wait outside of Footlocker for a pair of Jordan’s as if those shoes will not come out again.
Just to put it plainly the iPhone 5 is first generation simple and falls well short of Steve Jobs standard of innovation. He was a world changer with his life changing invention of the iPhone in 2007. What made him so remarkable was his quest for perfection and his predecessors are not living up to what his expectations would be for his Life’s Work. It is starting to look like Apple as a company has decided to go against its original motto, “Think Different” with this recent release. They are now beginning to depend on the image and reputation of the Apple brand to sell itself. That mentality will work for those that are brand loyalist but once the hypnotized state of mind wears off Apple will be like the Sony of yesteryear’s.
Now that the game has changed since Google entered the scene with the Android OS, it has offered a unique and creative platform for any manufacturing company to run with which will make it hard for Apple in the years to come. Sure they have all that cash and rank as the number one company of all times but they will not be able to live off of yesterday’s glory for much longer. I hope that in the long run Apple will get back to “Thinking Differently” in order to stay a top of the technology game, but more importantly to keep Steve Jobs hard work and legacy alive.