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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 jimbojimbo on 9/14/2012 1:09:14 AM , Rating: 2
Your logic is flawed. If we complained about iOS why would we own an iPhone? I had an iPhone and now own an Android because I couldn't stand all the software and physical limitations it had. It was horrible although tolerable once jailbroken.

One person on a forum said their iPhone was great because they could turn off their wifi with just two clicks. It's people like this that keep Apple alive. They're just too ignorant to look around at the other options and learn that with a simple widget you can turn off wifi with one click in Android. Hell, I use an app to turn it on and off for me based on my location so I do it with no clicks.

Sheep are people that just follow along blindly. You do. I'm no Android fan either since I'm pretty excited about the Nokia 920 and I may be the only one but kind of excited about some of the features in BBX10. Only if they could combine everything I like...

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By BSMonitor on 9/14/2012 9:40:35 AM , Rating: 2
Ummm, no. My logic is absolutely spot on. Most complaints are about how flexible Android is and iOS is not. Yet, YOU all are willing to gloss over all of Android's failings to get your customization. And you are welcome to it.

But perhaps all that customization comes at a price. iOS users typically LOVE the fact that there are NO rough edges in iOS. Period.

Widgets are great, until you have to pull your battery out because it froze the OS. And some more customizing might be nice in iOS, but not at the price of making it more unstable.

yeah, yeah jelly bean fixes sh&t.. blah blah.. At no time was a OS upgrade to iOS needed to make it "more stable".

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By retrospooty on 9/14/2012 10:19:15 AM , Rating: 2
I dont think anyone could argue that Android 2.xx was crap, but that is that. Todays high end Android phones are WAY better than Todays iPhone, even the 5.

Your impression of Android and your comments are true of older models and some cheap low end models, but that isnt really what competes with the iPhone. The iPhone is a high end model and it compares to the GS3, Note2, OneX, RazrHD, not old low end phones.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By BSMonitor on 9/14/2012 10:45:02 AM , Rating: 2

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By retrospooty on 9/14/2012 11:11:13 AM , Rating: 2
Thats exactly what I say about the iPhone 5.

Whatever, you buy what you want nad let others buy what they want and keep your falsely tilted info to yourself.

RE: It's About Iterating, Not Re-Inventing
By BSMonitor on 9/14/2012 11:44:31 AM , Rating: 2
Did not ask for an Android fanboy's opinion of the iPhone 5.. Pretty sure no one did.

LMAO, I have said nothing false whatsoever. You admit to Android shortcomings and then gloss it over when compared to slightly bigger screens and widget control.

Again, if you do not like Apple or iOS. NO ONE CARES why you think it doesn't meet your hypocritical standards. Keep buying a new smart phone each incremental step of the way, I am sure Google appreciates it.

Just like Apple appreciates the brand loyalty of its iOS users.

Grow up

By retrospooty on 9/14/2012 11:59:28 AM , Rating: 2
First off, stop, and read the title of the article you are posting in... Then collect yourself and read the article to get a clear picture of the topic at hand.

Now ask yourself why you posted in it comparing shortcomings that exxisted on old models of Android 2.x that sucked compared to todays iPhone5. If you want to compare the 2 platforms, comparte todays high endm, becasue that is its competition, not budget phones from last year.

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