The new and improved iPhone 5 was released last Wednesday with record preorders at 2 million. This is great news for the Mobile Development Company, but the question now comes down to how is the phone. The question is whether or not it is worth upgrading to the new phone. There are some great improvements, but Apple left some things out that have created some disappointment in eager customers.
New Lightning Connector
This thing has been the topic of much excitement and outrage. The new 8 pin connector is great when you compare it to the old 30 pin monstrosity that was being used, but with one big fault. The Lightning connector is incompatible with all of the iPod and iPhone accessories already out in the market. Apple has solved this problem with a $29.99 adapter. The adapter is also being ran on USB 2.0 instead of the rising 3.0 USB or Thunderbolt. Many are unhappy to say the least about the need for an adapter that costs $29.99 and are even more outraged when the adapter with the new cable costs $39.99. To add on the lack of USB 3.0 connectivity means that users uploading music or movies to their mobile devices will have to put up with the slow speeds. The mobile development company does have its reason for the exclusions however.
No Wireless Charging.
One thing that many were hoping to find in the new iPhone 5 was wireless charging capabilities. Apples statement on the matter was “the wireless charging systems still have to be plugged into the wall, so itÔÇÖs not clear how much convenience they add. The widely-adopted USB cord, meanwhile, can charge in wall outlets, computers and even on airplanes.” The issue here is that just because the solution will not work in every situation doesnÔÇÖt mean that is some it would be magnificent. It is curious that Apple has passed by the opportunity to milk more money out of its followers at slightly higher pricing than what we all are comfortable paying.
Left Out The NFC
The popular technology Near Field Communication, or NFC, has been renamed to Not For Commerce. Mobile payments have been the topic of much conversation throughout the mobile development world. Mobile users are excited and many were very sad to see that Apple wasnÔÇÖt pushing the new technology. AppleÔÇÖs Passport does many things that NFC would allow in the mobile commerce arena. The issue is that NFC enables much more than just mobile payments such as device to device sharing of not just contacts, but photos and music. Aside from future use, the ability to share anything on your phone with another NFC enabled device is an invaluable option.
The iPhone 5 was released without LTE support for the 2.6HGz and 800MHz bands. This will not impact everyone, but these frequencies are most commonly used in Europe for 4G. The reasoning for this exclusion is pretty cohesive with the rest of their exclusions. Apple only includes what they deem essential right now and leaves out what is not needed. This applies to NFC, Wireless charging, and even the LTE exclusion. Their biggest markets simply donÔÇÖt use the LTE bands so they are not included.
What I Think
The iPhone 5 is a great device that is certainly an upgrade, but the exclusions may hurt its profits. There are customers on both sides of the argument with strong points as to why the iPhone 5 needs this or that and why it is alright without. In the end the Mobile Development Companies approach is effective, but I question it. The idea is to expand and grow, so how can Apple pull users away from its competitors? A large amount of Android or Windows users like the technology and the choice in the various devices, so it may have served Apple well to include the things that they are looking for in a phone. I feel that Apple has a specific type of user and is content to market to them. I could be wrong here, but I donÔÇÖt believe trying to add in a thing or two that would potentially pull Android users to the phone would have hurt their following with the Apple users.
The iPhone 5 is a great device, but has left out a few options that a large part of the mobile development market is calling for. Whether or not this will hurt them is up in the air, so we will have to wait and see.