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Old Jan 22, 2013, 02:47 AM   #1
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Is the iPhone Boring? Is it time Apple reinvents something new and innovative?

Just came across this article http://www.cultofmac.com/211221/is-a...eally-failing/, the folks at cult of mac put some good arguments. i for one am happy with the current gen iphone and i don't think it has not lost its appeal since the day i bought it, I would like to others opinions about the article.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 03:23 AM   #2
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 04:58 AM   #3
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No the iPhone is not boring - people who say so just need to download a new app/game
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 05:05 AM   #4
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In reality, people are confused by the complexity of the consumer electronics market, and focus on the horse-race aspect of marketshare numbers, stock prices and other metrics. But the reality is that Apple was very successful and very profitable two years ago, one year ago and remains so today. Android had and will always have much bigger market share by far, and Apple had and will continue to have much bigger profits by far, as it goes after the “sweet spot” of the market while competitors slug it out in the zero-margin segment.
Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/211221/is-a...2WtkMMw0AH5.99
That's the bit to take from the article really. I just want Apple to worry about Apple and not get dragged into this "Market Share" battle.

I just want Apple to keep the integration going.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 07:55 AM   #5
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problem is, people let the hype get to them. it is kind of true with that one android commercial. people let the rumors get to them and they expect this amazing thing before anything is said. then when those rumors are confirmed not true, they are let down and the phone (remember, its still a phone) becomes boring.
the iphone currently has (most) of the top technologies everyone needs. could you put an SD slot in the side, sure. would people be swapping it out and making use of it, no. they'd put a card in a forget about it.
the upgrades the phone gets every year will only move as fast as the technology can be invented and tested.
software side, lots can be done still. but you have to remember, everyone from a kid to a grand parents will be using the phone so it has to be easy to use for everyone.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 08:13 AM   #6
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no, it's not boring. I for one, love the iPhone 5. I think the screen size is perfect. I've played with the Samsung Galaxy III, and I really couldn't see myself using that thing. The screen is big, which is nice -- but that's what my iPad is for. I don't need a massive screen in my pocket for when I'm on the go. I like the seamlessness and simplicity of iOS (and especially how it works with my iPad and Mac), and don't like how overloaded Android is with apps and what not from the cell phone providers. Not to mention OS updates that don't come out when they're released by Google, because the cell phone provider has to patch it through -- that's ridiculous.

If you want the bigger screen, then go get something else. I hope Apple doesn't give in to this idea of massive phones. I know it all comes down to making money, but it's not like they're losing money.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:15 AM   #7
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If you have to ask this question and all you're really doing is comparing Apple's offerings to their competitors, my only response to you would be to come up with ideas that neither the Apple or the competition is doing to improve future products.

It's so easy to be the Monday morning quarterback and criticize from an armchair, not just in regards to tech products but other aspects of life as a whole, than to do the work yourself.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:19 AM   #8
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I'm really enjoying my iPhone 5--and that's after owning an iPhone 3G and an iPhone 4. However, iOS is indeed getting a little stale for those who have owned an iPhone previously. Not enough to make me switch yet, but enough to keep my eye on Android. I hope that iOS 7 has a significantly refreshed UI.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:56 AM   #9
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Apple already innovated by releasing the iPhone in 2007.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:58 AM   #10
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Why do people keep saying iOS is stale? How can it be stale?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:02 AM   #11
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My phone is functional. I don't care about it being boring or not. My apps aren't boring.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:03 AM   #12
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The iOS is about 10 years ahead of it´s time, it doesn`t need changes.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:04 AM   #13
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I spend probably 99% of my time on my phone in apps versus staring at the home screen.....

Maybe that's why I don't see this whole "iOS is boring" point....am I staring at my phone wrong?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:22 AM   #14
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shelf life of smartphones are typically within 3-4 months and the next hottest thing is already in the works
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:27 AM   #15
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the iOS is just the road to get there, every few years the road gets resurfaced.... but its still the same road, its where the road gets you that matters
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:44 AM   #16
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Getting a new iphone is a bit like getting a new Mac; it is all exciting and different on the outside but when you start it up you can't help feeling a bit disappointed that it's the same as your previous one (performance aside). With phones I got used to upgrading every 12 months to something new and exciting but I've had an iphone 3G for 4 years now and I'm yet to get excited about a new release.

I'm a photographer so i'm thinking about a Galaxy Note to show off my work. I know it won't work as well as an iphone but at least it offers something new.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:51 AM   #17
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Getting a new iphone is a bit like getting a new Mac; it is all exciting and different on the outside but when you start it up you can't help feeling a bit disappointed that it's the same as your previous one (performance aside). With phones I got used to upgrading every 12 months to something new and exciting but I've had an iphone 3G for 4 years now and I'm yet to get excited about a new release.

I'm a photographer so i'm thinking about a Galaxy Note to show off my work. I know it won't work as well as an iphone but at least it offers something new.
Wow you're a photographer and you haven't atleast got a 4S? Its an amazing camera plus the screen is beautiful.

Wouldn't you be better off getting a new iPad to show of your work?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:55 AM   #18
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If you have to ask this question and all you're really doing is comparing Apple's offerings to their competitors, my only response to you would be to come up with ideas that neither the Apple or the competition is doing to improve future products.

It's so easy to be the Monday morning quarterback and criticize from an armchair, not just in regards to tech products but other aspects of life as a whole, than to do the work yourself.
You took the words right outta my mouth. Let Apple figure it out. They've done a superb job so far.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:05 AM   #19
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Why do people keep saying iOS is stale? How can it be stale?
Once you open the lockscreen, you'll notice a bit of mold growing around the edges. Also, its no longer quite as soft to the touch and is getting a bit dried out. Apple definitely needs to start using better preservatives.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:11 AM   #20
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The iOS is about 10 years ahead of it´s time, it doesn`t need changes.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:19 AM   #21
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I dont know what it would take, but I will be an iPhone fan for as long as they make them. Every version I love more than the last. The eco system, the feel, the size, its just a near perfect phone. The battery and lack of customization is my only issue (given battery is always a smartphone issue).
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:52 AM   #22
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I dont know what it would take, but I will be an iPhone fan for as long as they make them. Every version I love more than the last. The eco system, the feel, the size, its just a near perfect phone. The battery and lack of customization is my only issue (given battery is always a smartphone issue).
Apple could throw themes in iOS7 and sell them for a buck in the app store. Then, all the customization complaints would end.

Wonder why they don't? Seems like everyone wins.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 12:08 PM   #23
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One thing I noticed after owning an iPad 2 then a Nexus 7 now back to an iPad mini is that Android is all about what the device is capable of doing. With iOS it is more about what you can do with your device.
Might sound the like the same thing but they're subtlety and significantly different.
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I spend probably 99% of my time on my phone in apps versus staring at the home screen.....

Maybe that's why I don't see this whole "iOS is boring" point....am I staring at my phone wrong?
Agreed. While there are some things I would like to see added (widgets) my iPhone does all that I need it to do.
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Wow you're a photographer and you haven't atleast got a 4S? Its an amazing camera plus the screen is beautiful.

Wouldn't you be better off getting a new iPad to show of your work?
I only use my phone for snapshots but maybe I might use it more if the quality was better. The 4S screen is nice, perhaps I shouldn't be so miserable!

While the retina ipad is great for showing off images, my phone is the one thing I always have with me. So if I meet someone unexpectedly I always have a portfolio with me.
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