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Critics say Apple is moving to slowly to compete with innovative competitors

"While many will no doubt proclaim the iPhone 5 to be a miss due to the lack of radical change, I say look at it logically. The last time a product as successful as the iPhone got a radical change it was a total disaster. Remember New Coke?" wrote James Kendrick, a contributor at ZDNet.

I. Some Reviews Blast Apple for Slow Progress

There's praise in there for Apple, Inc.'s (AAPLnew device -- indeed Mr. Kendrick even titles his piece "Just what Apple needed".  But by the same token Mr. Kendrick is openly acknowledging that some folks will be less-than-impressed with Apple's modest hardware improvements and virtual standstill on the operating system front.

Others like "Fake Steve Jobs" -- Dan Lyons -- were far less kind.  Writing for BBC News, Mr. Lyons comments:

Somewhere up there, I can hear Steve screaming.... Apple's renowned designer Jonathan Ive has replaced the tiny 3.5in (8.9cm) screen with a slightly-less-tiny 4in (10.2cm) screen? Wow. Knock me over with a feather. What do you do with the rest of your time, Jony?  ...despite all its bluster about innovation, Apple has become a copycat, and not even a good one. Why is Apple making the iPhone bigger? To keep up with the top Android phones.
In terms of products, Apple has become the one thing it should never be. Apple has become boring.

And CBS writes in a piece entitled "Apple iPhone 5: big innovation takes a holiday":

Let there be no doubt, the device will sell a boatload of units. However, the changes seemed all incremental improvements -- new features that were nice, but none that catapulted Apple ahead and left all rival Android phones in the dust.

Doubtless the hardcore fans will argue that Apple is revolutionary, blazing trails and creating amazing products. But from a more detached view, the company's pace of major innovation seems to be slowing. For example, there didn't seem to be anything new that was the equivalent of a Siri or Retina display.

To be fair, there were some glowing articles as well -- and the majority of bloggers took the high road in terms of simply reporting the facts and details on the presentation.

But the iPhone 5 is perhaps the most mixed reaction to an iPhone since the product's 2007 launch.  If the iPhone 4S launch left some lukewarm, this one left the critics downright chilly.

Surely this kind of negative publicity would never have occurred under Apple co-founder and two-time CEO Steve Jobs' watch.  But Steve is gone, and Tim Cook is at the helm, and so far Apple seems to have lost some of its magic which once enraptured most members of the media.

II. Is Apple "Pulling a Vista"?

The reaction draws some analogies to the reviews of Windows Vista.  That's not to say the product is the same -- it clearly isn't.  Nor are the circumstances.  But reading the reviews recap:

I'd say the majority were guardedly positive, saying that Vista looked good overall but wasn't a killer product that demanded instant installation on every PC on the planet. ZDNet’s Ed Bott (who didn’t publish a comprehensive review), PC World’s Preston Gralla, and Paul Thurrott were enthusiastic overall; BusinessWeek’s Steve Wildstrom, CNET's Robert Vamosi, and PC Magazine’s John Clyman all accentuated more negatives than most. Only Forbes’ Manes was extremely negative, period.

...from Technologizer's study on the contentious Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) product and one observes some similarities -- a massive company pitching a flagship product that leaves many neutral, and a few vehemently negative, to the point where some were complaining that the innovative fire was gone from the product maker's eyes.

Windows Vista
Windows Vista was another iconic product to draw mixed reviews; yet it generated decent sales overall. [Image Source: FoxNews]

The Vista comparison isn't very flattering.  But remember, Vista sold 60 million copies in 7 months -- almost 30 million licenses per calendar quarter.  The lesson?  Even if Apple's product is as much of a dud as its strongest critics state, residual product loyalty and its massive sales machines will drive modest sales, much as similar factors at Microsoft helped move Vista licenses.

Sources: BBC News, CBS News, ZDNet, Technologizer [Vista Reviews]

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RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By Reclaimer77 on 9/13/2012 9:47:32 AM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone "nails" the UI, in your opinion. But in my opinion that cannot possibly make up for all the other problems with the platform.

Not having an always buttery smooth UI is just something fanboi's used to hammer Android. Let's be real, it's not like we're talking about 3 second UI lag or anything here, just very minor stutters. Now that Android not only solved that, but has a UI faster and more responsive than iOS, you've switched to fanboi attack tactic #2, OS updates.

But you cannot slam Android for it's updates then praise Windows Phone in the same post, then go back and say "oh wait, I was mainly talking about the UI". Huh?

Either way, you're missing the main point of my post, which is what radical OS tweaks aren't needed if your baseline is solid and it is all about polishing and making it better.

I didn't miss your point, it's just not valid because again, it's designed to favor Apple in the extreme. iOS has become decadent and stagnant, you know it, and I know it. Yes, the things it does well it does very well, but so what? The things it doesn't do, it still doesn't do. And the things it does poorly, are still done poorly.

If we applied your point of view to all software, well I just hate to think where we would be today.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By MaulBall789 on 9/13/2012 12:31:31 PM , Rating: 2
it's not like we're talking about 3 second UI lag or anything here

Uh, try 15 seconds. Or even longer. My Droid X sometimes takes as long as 30 seconds to bring up voice commands, and then another 30 seconds to respond to them. Even when it understands what I said! "Please wait... Please wait". I'm sick of waiting. I want any device I own to work when I need it to work. When I hit the browser app the browser had damn well better come up immediately! It may be that the Android 2.3 software is fine, but the hardware was far too underpowered to run it.

My upgrade window opens in less than a month. I am going to give the Galaxy S3 a tryout, but if it so much as hangs for 2 seconds to do anything it's gone. iPhone may not have the snaziest most awesome UI in existence today, but it does have the most stable UI - by far. It's not even close. If I have to give up a little bit of screen real estate to get the response I want, it's a small price to pay.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By retrospooty on 9/13/2012 3:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
"Uh, try 15 seconds. Or even longer. My Droid X sometimes takes as long as 30 seconds to bring up voice commands"

That is a 2 year old phone from when Android really was lagging behind. It has a combo of issues. SLow OS and slow CPU/GPU... Todays Android is nothing like that. No lag. Its fixed, and fast as hell.

Really, try a modern Android before you buy. You wont be sorry.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By lawrance on 9/13/2012 4:56:19 PM , Rating: 2
Um... I have an HTC running 4.0 ICS and it lags all the time. The phone is brand new. I'm returning it next week when my iPHone 5 arrives. Let me guess... the phone I bought is outdated because it's not running Jelly Bean?

Maybe I should just upgrade to Jelly Bean... Oooops! I can't because HTC won't bother with the upgrade. They would rather just sell me a new phone.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By retrospooty on 9/13/2012 5:19:06 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno what the issue is with HTC sense, or what model you have... But newer model Androids dont have these issues. HTC may have thier own separate issue.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By tayb on 9/13/2012 5:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry but Android is just not nearly as smooth as iOS or WP7/8. It's not so bad that's egregious or horrible but it's just not as smooth. Not only that but the UI animations aren't nearly as slick. It's not anyone's fault in particular but when so many people have their hands in code editing or customizing you're bound to get slow downs or poor animation decisions.

It also doesn't help perception when the vast majority of Android handsets in the wild ARE running much older versions of Android that were just outright slow.

By retrospooty on 9/13/2012 5:38:48 PM , Rating: 2
Have you tried Jelly Bean?

By Reclaimer77 on 9/13/2012 7:50:14 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry but Android is just not nearly as smooth as iOS or WP7/8.

Wrong again.

It also doesn't help perception when the vast majority of Android handsets in the wild ARE running much older versions of Android that were just outright slow.

Irrelevant argument. We're comparing the latest version of the OS's. Project Butter was a huge success. Android is now THE quickest and smoothest OS on the market. End of story.

Also if we're talking in the "wild", how many WP7/8 phones are out there total? Not many!

Now reply with your "bla bla bla" response you stupid shit, I know you want to.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By jimbojimbo on 9/14/2012 1:01:12 AM , Rating: 2
Plus if he bought it recently enough to be able to return it and it already had ICS on it it will most definitely get JB. It's most likely he bought the "free" phone on contract.

By retrospooty on 9/14/2012 7:41:48 AM , Rating: 2
I have a feeling he got a cheap phone that was "new" as in never used, but not a new model, and not a high end model. That and HTC does have some issues. Androids weakness is crappy quality on some suppliers, and older models may leave a bad taste. It's buyer beware. Those that know how to get the right product can, those who dont have the info or tech skills to know the difference probably should buy an iPhone. It's all controlled and no guess work. One phone, no choices, no options, no work at all.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By TakinYourPoints on 9/14/2012 1:44:53 AM , Rating: 2
Your post nails every big issue with Android that many others here feel compelled to apologize for and excuse away.

Why they do, I have no idea.

By retrospooty on 9/14/2012 7:47:54 AM , Rating: 2
Androids perception problem is due to some poor quality suppliers, low end models and older models. It wasnt good, but it is now. People buy cheap "new" mid range phone that has been sitting on the shelf for a long time and its not a new high end model, then complain and leave. Well, that happens in this situation. Apple has only one phone, the high end one, but it still doesnt compare to high end Androids. You cant compare older mid range android to iPhone and call it a fair comparison. Compare the HTC One X, GS3, and Razer HD, or NExus with Jelly Bean. If you are comparing todays high end android phones vs. todays high end iPhone , Android still comes out on top.

By piroroadkill on 9/14/2012 3:48:02 AM , Rating: 2
This is all odd. I have an old Desire HD with a pretty old Gingerbread custom sense ROM on it, and I only have delays very, very rarely.

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