Yesterday our own Dave Woods called Apple’s new iPhone 5 the most disappointing iPhone ever. The comment stirred a lot of debate, but Dave certainly wasn’t the only analyst who felt that way.
“Overall, the device is a disappointment because it merely matches up to its competitors and showcases nothing revolutionary,” said ZDNet reporter, Ellyen Phneah.
The biggest problem with the iPhone 5 is simply that it doesn’t offer anything we haven’t seen somewhere before. Sure, it improves on a number of existing technologies, but simply lacks that one crucial feature capable of setting it apart from similar Android devices.
More specifically, the most disappointing part of the iPhone 5 launch may be the complete absence of “near field communications” technology, which would have allowed iPhone owners to use their smartphones as virtual wallets. Imagine this: going to pay for an item and simply swiping your smartphone instead of a credit or debit card. Very cool. Near field tech had been talked up a lot prior to the iPhone 5 unveiling, leading many industry insiders to expect its inclusion with the new device.
But no, we’ll have to go on carrying around both a bulky wallet and a smartphone. For those of us who don’t use a purse or European carry-all, that’s just downright frustrating.
Well, at least the iPhone 5 is both lighter and thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. The addition of a new processing chip should also make it substantially faster. And there’s little doubt that early adopters will find much use for the device’s new three-dimensional mapping and Siri voice recognition software.
In the end, it’s expected that what Apple has offered will be enough to drive consumers, like app-thirsty zombies, to Best Buy and Apple stores. Bloomberg news recently predicted that Apple will ship a pretty astounding 48.2 million units by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, analysts at FBI Capital have predicted that the iPhone 5 could help Apple’s share value hit $1,000 within the next twelve months. Following the iPhone 5 unveiling that stock price went up just over 1 per cent, to roughly $670. Even that number represents an increase of 65 per cent this year.