Apple, the company that started it all… or at least claims to have started it all. Today was the Apple press conference at which the major release was the iPhone 5, the “biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone”. But what exactly has Apple done that is so damn revolutionary?
Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why is AndroidMeter posting about Apple?’, or “Why is this guy coming out of his video game hole in the darkest corners of the site?”, both very reasonable questions. The answer is simply because Apple SUCKS! Not only does Apple steal the credit for other’s hard work, but they sue other companies for infringement. But that is not what this is about. This is about Apple’s most recent failure in the smartphone industry.
First, lets give a short history of Apple, who “invented” the smartphone. The first iPhone debuted in 2007, an entire 5 years ago, but the Blackberry, and other phones that did much more than feature phones have been around since the late 90’s. So why is it that they are given all of the credit? Moving past this error in information, the second generation iPhone was named the iPhone 3G, with the next being the 3GS. So what happened to 2? Can Apple not count? I realize that they wanted to highlight the fact that it had 3G coverage, but that same logic would mean that the iPhone 5 would be the iPhone LTE. Now lets look at Apple’s greed. Last year, instead of announcing an iPhone 5, they announced the iPhone 4s, a slightly updated version of the 4. This was done only to have it so that all of the Apple fans would shell out the money for one more device that is inferior to its competitors. The name of their most recent phone again shows that Apple does not know how to count correctly, as the iPhone 5 is actually the sixth iPhone. I can see why the latest iPad was not named the iPad 3; they didn’t want to mess that up too.
So lets examine the iPhone 5. It pretty much has the same look as the 4 and 4S, with the only real differences in appearance being the 1/2 inch larger screen and the new lightning connector, another way for them to make money as all of the 30 pin connectors are now obsolete. The hardware does not really change at all, with the major change being the new A6 chip, which Apple won’t give the specifications for. This suggests that they are embarrassed that it is slower than the Tegra 3 or the Snapdragon S4. The rear camera remains at 8.0 megapixels, which is common with most Android phones, while the front facing camera is 0.7 megapixels compared to the standard 1.2 megapixel F.F.C.s found in the newest smartphones. The switch to a nano SIM card also forces people to have to get a new SIM card as the one that nearly all other smartphones use will not be compatible. So despite all of the new innovations in smartphone hardware that Nokia, Samsung, HTC, or Motorola were able to achive since the release of the 4S, Apple still was unable to create a truly unique phone that had features no other phone had. Maybe the upgrade to iOS 6 could keep 5 out of the smartphone graveyard.
iOS 6 is just a horribly blatant attempt to try to make an Apple version of Jelly Bean. Siri can now do what Google’s voice search has been able to do since ICS. After looking at the features of this mobile OS, I cannot find a single thing that it can do that I can’t do with Jelly Bean, and honestly, I could probably do everything that iOS 6 can do on Gingerbread. The only way Apple could have made iOS anything more like Android is to add widgets, which will probably be here in a year with iOS 7, which would lead to Google vs. Apple in a court battle… oh wait! I forgot that Google wouldn’t do that because they are a GOOD company! Apple didn’t even try to make it look any different, react in a different way, or upgrade the functionality; they just kept it as it was. This is the most worst software update that I’ve witnessed since Windows Vista!
The last piece of the failure puzzle is the new headphones, or EarPods. Not only is Apple trying to reinvent the wheel, they are trying to steal someone else’s idea once again! Every time I need to buy a new set of headphones, I see all of these bizarre sets, and these are all I could think of when I saw the new EarPods. At least try to hide your thefts Apple! Just because you have hypnotized the majority of Americans into buying your overpriced, unoriginal, and inferior devices doesn’t mean that you can get them to see past these blatant thefts of other’s ideas.
The fact of the matter is that Google will most likely be releasing the next Nexus smartphone later this year, and it will be ridiculously superior to the iPhone 5. If you are honestly in need of a phone, buy an S3, Galaxy Nexus, or other Android device as they are original, have more functionality, and are affordable. Apple needs to learn that their time is up, and the next Google press conference will be the final nail in Apple’s Coffin.