I’m a bit shocked! Apple Loyalists are leaving because of the iPhone 5S. Yes, an alarming number of key influencers are giving up on Apple, some of them are not even waiting for the Sept 10 new iPhone announcement. My mentors are among them…
Joel Comm (@JoelComm) has been a mentor to me for years: “Apple may be cool with those who have never seen a smartphone, but they just haven’t kept pace with advances. Although I have owned every iPhone since 2007, I’m seriously thinking about ditching my iPhone 5 and getting an HTC or Samsung device.”
Another mentor and friend is Consumer Electronics industry analyst Dave Taylor (@AskDaveTaylor) who added this:
“The next iPhone has a lot of lost ground to make up: the industry has moved quickly to create highly capable competitors like the Samsung Galaxy, HTC One and Moto X. If the 5s is yet another incremental update with no dramatic new features or specs, Apple faces a definite erosion of its market share…”
Going further, Dave says “That’s the problem with this category: not much upward mobility. Faster? Yawn. Brighter screen? Longer battery life? 802.11ac support? Yawn. Thinner? Higher Resolution screen? There are no no “must-buy features” from what we can see.”
Nathan Lynn is a principal at Knowledgent and an iPhone 4S user. The iPhone 5 just did not have enough to offer so he went with the 4S, like so many. The change in the data connector was another issue he cites. Now with the 5S coming, Nathan may be sitting this one out too, perhaps even switching sides since he demands a larger display than Apple looks like it will offer.
Me? I am going to stick with Apple a little while longer for this one reason – The Apple Store. I’ve become hooked on having someone to help me in person, on demand and with little to no additional cost. The Android store? Maybe someday and maybe they will understand all complexities and diversity of all the hardware and software options.
I’m compiling a wish list of “must have’s” and simple features that I am HOPING the iPhone 5S will have. I really want to stay in the Apple camp, but my mentors have been right about just about everything so far in this area and that changes things.
Send me your wishes for the Phone 5S and I will see about including them here.