Some thoughts on Apple’s announcements. Are Coach of the Year awards broken? Random TV and video game talk.
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I never understood why people have such a bad memory for this. There were no models called iPhone 1, iPhone 2, or iPhone 3. The iPhone 4 was the only model named for its generation number. And since the iPhone 4S was the real “iPhone 5”, it doesn’t make sense to use the “iPhone 5” name for the upcoming sixth-generation model.
I’m guessing, like the third-generation iPad, that the next iPhone will simply be called “iPhone” in marketing and “iPhone (6th generation)” in technical and support documents.
We discussed this on the podcast recently and I have the same thoughts are Marco. Chris, who doesn’t live and breath the tech world like Marco and I do, disagreed. I haven’t seen anyone make a good argument for iPhone 5 yet. Most of the ideas have major holes. The theory that the 4S was a “minor” upgrade doesn’t make sense because then the iPhone 3GS would be a “minor” upgrade, and therefore the iPhone 4 would have been the iPhone 3. Some people think they called it the “iPhone 4” because “iPhone 3” (assuming the scenario where the 3GS was a “minor” update) sounds too much like 3G and 3GS.
Like Arment, my money is just on “iPhone” or “the new iPhone” like they did with the iPad. iPhone 6 would be too confusing to average folk, and iPhone 5 would get torn apart by the tech world.
John Gruber wrote this four days before the iPhone announcement:
I detect an undercurrent of sentiment that if Apple announces the iPhone 4S, it’d be a letdown, but if they announce the iPhone 5, it’d be exciting. But this is all merely about how the thing looks on the outside. A new form factor would by definition bring more “new-ness” to the announcement, but why should an iPhone 4-lookalike “iPhone 4S” be considered disappointing if it contains significantly improved components? The iPhone 4 is, I think it fair to say, the most popular device Apple has ever made.
You may not believe Gruber’s comment that he didn’t have inside information about the actual phone itself, but you have to give him credit for nailing this four days before the announcement. Pretty much spot on.
Marco Arment on the lack of iPhone 5:
Would as many people be disappointed if Apple had released the same device but called it the iPhone 5?
I know this question has been asked many times by now, but I continue to wonder what the answer is. Most geeks seem to be in agreement that a modest form factor change the iPhone 5 name is all that would have been required to satisfy people. As I said on this week’s podcast, as someone who came from the original iPhone to the 3GS, the performance boost cannot be overstated.
Dan Provost from The Russians Used a Pencil on the rumor of an iPhone 5 home button with touch sensitive area:
I believe that if this new gesture region is in fact coming to the iPhone, it will be used for only one thing: switching between open apps. We can all agree that the current multitasking solution (double clicking the home button and then tapping the respective app) could stand to be improved.
Makes sense. All these rumors of complicated multi-finger gestures do not. When I am holding my phone in one hand, it’s not really convenient to execute a multiple finger gesture. And like Provost, I had the current double-tapping nonsense. Classify this under the standard Apple rumor logic, “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but color me intrigued.
(via Ben Brooks)
Marco Arment has a post up about how the sales of his Instapaper app didn’t see a big spike when the Verizon iPhone was released. He was surprised:
At first, this worried me. I’ve been assuming that the Verizon iPhone launch was going to be a massive boom, and it looks like it’s been fairly average so far. But now I have a different theory: that the Verizon iPhone demand is from more casual buyers, by definition, and will therefore be spread gradually over the next 18 months.
I disagree. And I still don’t get why more people don’t get this. There are TONS of people who want to switch from AT&T to Verizon. But most people 1) can’t afford the fee to break their AT&T contract early and/or 2) know that a new iPhone is likely coming in the summer and they would rather wait until then.
If someone is taking bets, I bet that a TON of Verizon iPhones get sold in the summer.
Ben said at the end of his piece what I have been asking since the Verizon announcement:
I just don’t understand why you buy a Verizon iPhone 4 now, instead of waiting until June/July to see if Apple releases an iPhone 5 at that time.
Co-sign. I think it’s silly to buy a Verizon iPhone now unless Verizon makes a “Godfather” offer.