Yesterday, we shared supposedly leaked photos of the iPhone 5. To date, these are the most convincing photos and seemingly confirm all the rumored changes such as the bigger screen, new position for the headphone jack and the two-tone case. And if this is the real deal, then Apple may be in a lot of trouble.

Reaction all over the internet over the design seems to be a resounding “meh.” The iPhone 5’s design seems to draw inspiration heavily from the iPhone 4s, which in turn looks very much like the iPhone 4. This means that we’re looking at a design that’s already 2 years old and is starting to look very dated.

In comparison, Apple’s main competitors like Samsung and HTC seemingly release endless wave after wave of new phones that seem to continuously innovate on the old design. And while they may be faulted for making their models rapidly obsolete, you can’t fault them for not trying to make things fresh. It’s certainly surprising that the Cupertino-based company, heralded as true computing innovators of our age, seem fixated on maintaining the same designs on their products as evidenced by these supposed pictures of the iPhone 5. Apple faithful may defend the brand by saying that the reason for this is that the design just simply works, the problem with that is there seems to be very little distinguishing each successive release of Apple’s smartphones, at least superficially.

There is no doubt that the iPhone 5 will be a smash hit when it debuts. Surveys are already claiming the same. But how long can Apple keep this up? As the smartphone arena becomes increasingly competitive, they need to start offering more than just a slightly bigger screen, a new headphone jack position and a slightly modified case. We’re all excited for the next-generation of mobile phones; Apple needs to start bring the iPhone there.

 

6 COMMENTS
  1. In the technology industry (an offshoot of the business industry) 2 years old is the same as a real life decade. Each fiscal quarter is at least one tech year, as a simplication I’ll say that software is made to last forever but is replaced consistently. This is because software is easier to replace than hardware, this is a microcosm of how the tech industry works. Hardware itself, today is much easier to update and replace with uber genii (geniuses) like John Ive and the cheap labour of third world countries (although, the morality of underpaying those less fortunate is questionable ALL mobile companies do it). However, to call the iPhone’s look “more or less the same” is pointless, and to say its the same as the iPhone 4 is just plain idiotic. Of course, it’s similar to the iPhone 4, this is not news, all iOS devices are similar, but to call it the same is like calling the Samsung Galaxy s2 and s3 the same. They are similar, but certainly not the same and hardly outdated, I won’t accuse the author of Fandroid bias, but I will point out the subjective conjecture (youtfoer take on unproven information) should hardly be presented as news to the respectable viewers of this site! I have said my piece, good day to all those who have decided to read my take on this rumor of the iPhone “5”. Which will hopefully not stand for 5teve (just kidding…)

  2. I couldn’t care less about how a smartphone looks. However, I do think that with each new iteration of a phone, improved hardware should be implemented. So what if it even looks exactly like the previous model.

  3. “the morality of underpaying those less fortunate is questionable”
    How do you define “underpaying”? Any proof there Darth or could it just be that working for a mobile phone manufacturer is one of the highest paying jobs in those countries? You can keep your pity, those workers don’t want it.

  4. Pity, what pity? I have no pity for third world workers who go underpaid by giant corporations only compassion, which you seem to lack. Along with common sense, why are you asking for substansiative evidence for an issue that is already proven? I can understand if you are making a failed and witless attempt to discredit my need for proof on unsubstantiated claims but your feeble attempt to link yourself to third world workers is as reasonable as your request for proof on an issue that has been know and unaddressed for decades. In your haste to discredit me you stated that working for a mobile company is one of the highest paying jobs. Maybe for the executives that is true and in first world countries you are correct. However, like the rest of your “argument” in regards to third world countries there is no connection to reality. I am sure underpaid workers in China who are making $1.35 an hour are overjoyed by attempt to drive critism away from yet another American facilitated exploitation of resources (albeit human resources).

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