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iPhone 4S  (Source: DailyTech)
A lack of hardware updates leaves customers and investors disappointed in the new iPhone 4S

Through a good portion of 2011, many awaited the big iPhone 5 announcement with the traditional amped-up presentation to show off all the new features an Apple fan could hope for. Instead, what they got was the iPhone 4S and a presentation that lacked the charisma of former CEO Steve Jobs.

The iPhone 4S, which was announced yesterday, does give customers a few changes to look forward to. It's trading in the single-core A4 processor for a dual-core A5 processor. Also, it has 8-megapixel camera with backside illumination (the iPhone 4 had a 5MP camera), the new mobile operating system iOS 5, and it can operate on CDMA and GSM networks.

A main addition to the 4S is the voice assistant called Siri. Siri has been a third-party app that could be downloaded for iOS devices, but now, a more fluid and user-friendly version of the app is integrated into the iPhone 4S. The app was removed from Apple's App Store after presenting the 4S yesterday, and the servers were taken offline. The Siri servers, however, are back online with the following message: "I've been replaced! The new Siri is even smarter and better looking than me, and waiting for you on the iPhone 4S. I'll be leaving for home Oct. 15th. Until then...how can I help you?"

While a newer, better version of Siri voice command is a nice addition to the 4S; it may not be enough to encourage current iPhone 4 users to switch to the latest addition to the iPhone family. Many were disappointed by the lack of external changes, saying they had hoped for a thinner phone with a larger screen. The iPhone's appearance has not changed in over a year, unless you count the release of the white iPhone 4.

"It's been 16 months and all you've got is an A5 processor in the existing iPhone 4," said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners. "It's a mild disappointment, but they're still going to be selling millions of units."


The iPhone 4S may sell during the upcoming holiday season due to the expiration of two-year 3GS contracts, but Android-powered smartphones are at the top of their game and Apple really could have used a home run with a new device to intensify competition. Android-powered smartphones had voice command features integrated into their systems already, and the hardware/software is continuously changing. Apple's decision to not update hardware in the 4S may lead to more Android-related purchases, putting the iPhone maker behind by the time it releases the iPhone 5.

According to a Nielsen study, Android-powered smartphones are No. 1 in the U.S. with a 43 percent market share leaving the iPhone at No. 2 with a 28 percent market share.

Consumers and investors are disappointed in the 4S release, but Apple has some other tricks up its sleeve. Along with the 4S announcement came the news of a $99 iPhone 4 and a free iPhone 3GS for those who sign long-term contracts with their wireless carriers. This will appeal to low-end markets and give Apple an edge in a whole new area.

"Apple is hitting Nokia where it's vulnerable," said Michael Yoshikami, CEO of YCMNet Advisors. "How many billions of people in emerging markets would love to have an iPhone? These are a growing demographic."

The iPhone 4S will be available starting at $199 on October 14.

Sources: Tech Crunch, Reuters, Reuters



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RE: It is over.
By adiposity on 10/5/2011 1:00:47 PM , Rating: -1
You have to be joking. Google is going to actually sell enough Nexus Primes to get noticed?

I know at least 10 people with iPhones. They have never heard of a Nexus anything.

The people you know with iPhones are not typical. Most iPhone users don't even know the word "Android."


RE: It is over.
By Reclaimer77 on 10/5/2011 2:01:24 PM , Rating: 1
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Most iPhone users don't even know the word "Android."


So they're either have Downs or have been living in a cave?

Great endorsement you have there for the typical iPhone user's intelligence and knowledge of current events lol.

Hint; using myopic sampling sizes and extreme exaggerations of one's ignorance to make your point doesn't actually help your case.


RE: It is over.
By Tony Swash on 10/5/11, Rating: -1
RE: It is over.
By Reclaimer77 on 10/5/2011 2:32:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Here is a question - what is the top selling food mixer in the US? The second most popular? What about trying to name the top four manufacturers of DVD players in order of market penetration?


Here's an answer - that's a bad analogy because you never hear about those. I can't remember seeing a commercial or web add for a food processor or DVD players. When a food mixer maker spends billions on advertising, give me a call.

On the other hand it's literally impossible for you to watch media, surf the web, or drive down the road and NOT see adds or something, anything, about Android and Apple. Both entities have been doing a full court media blitz for years now.

Just stop. It's so silly how you Apple people constantly need to marginalize, segregate, or outright discriminate people to make your points. There is no "normal people" vs "non normal". Just stop! We're all normal people. You don't need to be an Android "techie" to know about the presence of Android. You have it in your head that this tiny portion of people only choose Androids because they exist to hate Apple, get a clue. You have to be living in a cave to NOT know about it.

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Outside of the small minority of techie obsessives Android has no brand presence


Right, that's a pretty impressive statement considering Android outsells Apple handsets. I guess more people are "techie non normals" or whatever. It doesn't matter why, it only matters that they aren't choosing Apple.

The Tony Reality Distortion field running in peak form.


RE: It is over.
By kingmotley on 10/5/2011 3:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the people that are not in the tech field that I know, simply do not know what Android is. In fact, most don't even know the model of the phone they have, just that it did what they wanted it to do when they bought it. Some don't even know their carrier, unless you ask them who they make their check out to every month.


RE: It is over.
By cjohnson2136 on 10/5/2011 3:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
Then the people you know are idiots and are not counted as "normal" either.


RE: It is over.
By adiposity on 10/5/2011 5:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
Someone just walked into my office at work. My buddy was working on setting up his TouchPad he ordered from HP so he can put Android on it.

She asked if he got a new iPad. He said "no, this is a touchpad." She said, "what's the difference between an iPad and a TouchPad?"

This is a perfectly reasonable question and does not make her an idiot. She just doesn't know any more than "iPad" when she sees a tablet. This is the kind of thing I'm talking about.


RE: It is over.
By xti on 10/5/2011 7:29:30 PM , Rating: 2
when will DT people realize that they are a tiny minority?


RE: It is over.
By Tony Swash on 10/5/2011 6:32:46 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Just stop. It's so silly how you Apple people constantly need to marginalize, segregate, or outright discriminate people to make your points.


This from the man who said this in the original comment I was responding to.

quote:
Great endorsement you have there for the typical iPhone user's intelligence and knowledge of current events lol.


Then you say this

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Right, that's a pretty impressive statement considering Android outsells Apple handsets. I guess more people are "techie non normals" or whatever. It doesn't matter why, it only matters that they aren't choosing Apple.


People are buying Android phones but only a small minority positively look for Android. Most just buy a phone because they see an advert, the guy in the phone shop recommends it, they see a friend with it, it's the same brand they had before, it's cheaper. Take a poll of a hundred average Android handset purchasers and ask them to name the top four Android brands. Just ask a hundred average Android handset purchasers what OS their phone runs. All the evidence, all the surveys, all the test of brand awareness will tell you that that Apple have built an emblematic brand with the iPhone and that the Android brand is weak. That's just the way it is.

Apple just entered the top ten of the world's best global brands by the way

http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/be...


RE: It is over.
By DoctorBeer on 10/6/2011 12:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
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Most just buy a phone because they see an advert, the guy in the phone shop recommends it, they see a friend with it, it's the same brand they had before, it's cheaper.


Yea the same doesn't happen with the Iphone huh?

Can I have a sip of the kool-aid your drinking, it seems awfully strong.


RE: It is over.
By adiposity on 10/5/2011 2:42:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Great endorsement you have there for the typical iPhone user's intelligence and knowledge of current events lol.


I didn't say iPhone users were tech savvy. Typically, they aren't. It's just a joke to think any significant number of them will be moving to Android any time soon.

I'm serious. They ask if I have an iPhone. I say "no." They seem shocked, since I am really into devices. I say, "well, I have an Android phone." They stare blankly. I say, "it's kind of like an iPhone, but on mine I have a keyboard." They look slightly less confused. Tomorrow I say "Android" and get the same blank stare.

They don't care. They don't know what IOS is. They have an iPhone and are happy. This is why Apple is successful. They made a device that people like and they don't need to know any tech speak to use it.


RE: It is over.
By Reclaimer77 on 10/5/2011 3:00:10 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I'm serious. They ask if I have an iPhone. I say "no." They seem shocked, since I am really into devices. I say, "well, I have an Android phone." They stare blankly. I say, "it's kind of like an iPhone, but on mine I have a keyboard." They look slightly less confused. Tomorrow I say "Android" and get the same blank stare.


So because you know vapid idiots, that means something in an argument?

I mean seriously, come on now, it's the end of 2011 and you're trying to tell me you know THAT many people who literally think Apple makes the only phone on the planet? There's nobody out there like that worth even bringing up. So what?

Wtf does tech savvy have to do with your argument? That's like saying someone is "tech savvy" because they know Ford makes vehicles too, not just Chevrolet. It's called "common knowledge"! Ever heard of it?

Again making people seem REALLY dense and ignorant of basic current events doesn't actually make an argument good or even relevant. Try again.


RE: It is over.
By adiposity on 10/5/2011 5:05:45 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
So because you know vapid idiots, that means something in an argument?


They aren't vapid idiots. They just don't care about technology the way some of us do.

quote:
I mean seriously, come on now, it's the end of 2011 and you're trying to tell me you know THAT many people who literally think Apple makes the only phone on the planet?


I never said that.

quote:
Wtf does tech savvy have to do with your argument? That's like saying someone is "tech savvy" because they know Ford makes vehicles too, not just Chevrolet. It's called "common knowledge"! Ever heard of it?


The name of phone operating systems is not common knowledge. Sorry, but it's not. You are comparing OSes that has been around a few years to a car company that has been around over a century? Yeah, people know about Ford. That doesn't mean they know about Android.

quote:
Again making people seem REALLY dense and ignorant of basic current events doesn't actually make an argument good or even relevant. Try again.


Look, the original poster has this pipe dream that all the iPhone users are going to leave in droves for the Nexus, based on his 5 friends that are all planning to switch. I call bullshit. I respond with my anecdotal data that says just the opposite. I am aware my data is no better than his, because it is not a world-wide survey. The point was, maybe he knows some people who are happy with iPhones--well, I know some people who are very happy, and don't know anything about the unreleased Nexus--and they don't even know what Android is.

Get as angry as you like, but Android hardware has been superior to iPhone hardware for a long time, yet people keep buying iPhones. Either there's a lot of "vapid idiots" out there, or you are missing something.


RE: It is over.
By adiposity on 10/5/11, Rating: -1
RE: It is over.
By xti on 10/5/11, Rating: -1
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad














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