Many of the comments I have seen concerning the new iPhone 4s have centered around how Apple did not come out with an iPhone that featured a larger screen, as expected. To this, I have but one thing to say: “Excuse me?” The hype surrounding the release of each new iDevice has reached such a […]
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I Beg Your Pardon; I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

Many of the comments I have seen concerning the new iPhone 4s have centered around how Apple did not come out with an iPhone that featured a larger screen, as expected.

To this, I have but one thing to say:

“Excuse me?”

The hype surrounding the release of each new iDevice has reached such a fever pitch that many – even in the tech media – have seemed to forget that everything we heard about the “new iPhone” before Apple’s announcement was nothing more than rumor and mostly unfounded speculation.   Never once did Apple state anything about an iPhone with a larger screen being unveiled – and yet, now they are taken to task for not releasing features that they never said they would include in the first place.  I literally overheard someone saying that “Apple was going to come out with the iPhone 5 with a larger screen”.   That’s how bad things have gotten.

Along with this are those who are complaining that there “isn’t enough” in this model, and that there should have been something more, somehow.   In response to this, I offer up a similar upgrade a mere two years ago: The iPhone 3Gs. 

The iPhone 3G was a complete re-invention of the original iPhone – a 3G GSM radio, redesigned case, faster speed, and more.  The 3Gs was an incremental upgrade – offering a compass, faster speed, video capture, and a few other things, including a voice recognition feature.     It wasn’t a redesign; it took the features of the 3G and improved upon them, adding a few new goodies along the way.

Then, the iPhone 4 came out, again totally redesigned.   Now, an incremental upgrade has been released that (again) improves performance and offers a few new neat features – including a voice recognition feature (albeit on steroids).  Why was everyone so shocked?  When the next iPhone comes out, I think that Apple will offer a more revolutionary upgrade – perhaps with LTE – that will likely be more in line with what people mistakenly thought they were entitled to getting this week.

And the larger screen?  I don’t want it.   Why?  I want to avoid the fragmentation that will inevitably attend such a design change.   I already have to determine if an app will work on only the iPad or on my iPhone as well – I don’t want to have to additionally worry about whether or not a given app will only run on the new iPhone.   I‘ll bet that developers feel much the same way.   Fragmentation has already made a mess of the Android Market – where not only do you have to ensure that it will run with your hardware, but also your firmware as well.   That’s a nightmare that is largely unknown with iOS, where you either have an iPad or everything else.   After all, wasn’t everyone saying that the iPad was an iPod Touch/iPhone with a larger screen?

Now, let’s for a moment consider that I may be wrong – that Apple indeed had planned to announce an iPhone 5 with a larger screen, LTE, a new design, etc.  Why wouldn’t they announce it?   Logically, the best reason is that there were technical issues – and Apple is not a company that releases a product before they consider it as ready as it can possibly be – damn the market consequences – and their customers know and expect it.     If that is what happened, I commend Apple for not lowering their standards to meet the expectations of rumormongers.

I will be buying an iPhone 4s.   Why?  It’s enough of an upgrade for ME.

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