Yesterday, after seeing that there’d be no iPhone 5, I tweeted that the mobile market seemed to be stagnating just as the PC market has. I renege that tweet.
There’s a post from Time’s Techland that sets it straight:
The iPhone 4S Apple did announce today is essentially the enigmatic “iPhone 5” we trussed up by another name. It has the 8 megapixel camera we’ve heard so much about—also, it turns out, capable of 1080p video. It has the dual-core A5 chip, currently powering Apple’s iPad 2 (putatively seven times faster than the iPhone 4’s). Its battery life is a tick better (eight hours of talk time instead of seven). It supports both GSM and CDMA technologies, making it the first truly global iPhone.
We got the iPhone 5, just by another name. It’s true. I mean, it’s not like the iPhone 4S is missing some feature that I was hoping for. Furthermore, the iPhone 4S is the opposite of stagnation. Now that I’ve had time to think about it, I realize that Siri is exactly the next leap in progress. The screen is done: the resolution can’t get any crisper and there is a real limit to how big the screen is going to get; You may personally want a 4″ or a 5″ inch screen (and those things are already out there), but the phone’s not going to have a 10″ screen. So, if the screen is done, what’s next? The thing that would next make the phone more advanced is if you could operate it with your voice, and now you can.
I also like that the 4S looks the same as my 4. I wasn’t planning to upgrade. So, now my phone is still in fashion until the next one.