It was a good ride while it lasted for Apple. Paying 1000% premium for a product that is hyped to death is not a wise investment with all the other options which cost a fraction out there and outperform the iPhone and Apple products in general.
But can the iPhone 5, which some analysts are predicting will sell as many as 250 million units, live up to the hype surrounding its release? Is there any way the actual product will justify all of the praisebeing heaped on it? (And remember, most Apple watchers expected the iPhone 5 to launch a year ago, when the 4S made its debut, so there have been almost 12 months of build up.) Of course not; here are a few warning signs.
1. It might require new hardware
Apple is reportedly in the process of phasing out the 30-pin dock connector that’s been standard on its mobile devices since the first generation iPod and is replacing it with a new, smaller connection.
2. It may be overkill for prepaid networks
Five years into its life cycle, the iPhone has lately become a player in the growing U.S. prepaid market, which traditionally caters to value-conscious customers who pay for service on a month-to-month basis. But, truth be told, the iPhone 5 might be too much for these providers to support.
3. It now has some real competition
- More iPhone 5 Parts Leaked From China (tomshardware.com)
- iPhone 5 Battery Smaller Than Expected? – InformationWeek (informationweek.com)
- iPhone 5 to be Nearly as Slim as iPod Touch (socialbarrel.com)
- Want an iPhone 5? Sell Your Old iPhone Now (mashable.com)
- iPhone 5: 20 most-wanted features (reviews.cnet.com)