Opinion

Some thoughts on the new iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s

I wasn’t going to write anything about these because I didn’t think I had anything to say but then I thought what the hell.

iPhone 5c

So the iPhone 5c. Honestly, I’m not surprised Apple didn’t make a cheap iPhone. They did the same with the MacBook Air. Everyone expected them to make a cheap MacBook Pro. Instead, the priced it higher than what people expected but delivered a better product. They did the same with the iPhone. They still have the 4S if you want a cheaper iPhone. Anything cheaper than that would come with severe compromises and that’s not how Apple rolls.

The new colors look nice. I know Nokia likes to take credit for the colors but it’s not like Apple never made anything in color (just look at the iPods and the previous Macs). Let’s not even get into what Nokia phones looked like before the iPhone. And Nokia has been making color phones since ages now. If Apple was taking inspiration from Nokia, every iPhone since the first one would be in color. And they would be selling their hardware division to Microsoft. But let’s not make fun of the dead. 

News

iPhone 5 India launch expected on October 26

Nice scoop by BGR India. Good to see Apple stick to the one month late India launch strategy, as opposed to the ‘several months late’ strategy or the ‘never-ever launch because fuck you that’s why’ strategy.

It is being said that Apple will be selling the phone directly this time instead of going through the carriers, so expect lower prices and wider availability. Still, this is a new iPhone, so it’s going to be expensive. I’m guessing 48k for the cheapest 16GB model. The price is the only reason why I am not even considering getting one.

Opinion

2 Million

That’s the number of people who pre-ordered the iPhone 5 within 24 hours of it going up on the site, setting a new industry record. In comparison, the iPhone 4S received one million pre-orders on the first day. 

This has become almost a routine now. Every year Apple announces a new iPhone. The media then derides it in a variety of ways, usually based on just the keynote. Then the phone goes on sale and gets sold more in a weekend than most phones do in their lifetime. Same story next year. 

I think it’s about time the media took their complaints and unreasonable expectations elsewhere because no one in the real world seems to care about them. 

Opinion

"Innovation"

Ever since Apple announced the iPhone 5, everyone and their drug dealer is throwing the word “innovation” around, some who probably don’t even know what it means. The insinuation being that the iPhone 5 is not innovative enough. 

I won’t argue whether it is or isn’t. Some of the best innovations are often hidden deep inside the product and not talked about. I’m pretty sure you can’t have a product as thin and light as the iPhone 5 with all that it does without some serious innovations under the hood. 

No, what I want to talk about is this sudden expectation from Apple to be innovative every year. It’s basically the equivalent of expecting BMW to release cars with different shape wheels every year. What? Circle again? BMW is doomed. Audi already released a car six months ago with hexagon wheels. 

This is what I’m talking about. Innovation for the sake of innovation. Never mind that BMW might have the best damn circular wheels anyone has. Never mind that the hexagon wheels on the Audi are extremely retarded. But they are innovative so Audi roxx and BMW suxx. 

Also, the expectations are always ridiculously and unreasonably high from Apple. As if it’s the Ministry of Magic or something, that can conjure up insanely advanced, never before seen tech for their products every year.

Did anyone ask Samsung why they didn’t innovate with the Galaxy S III? The only noticeable innovation in that product is that it watches whether you’re looking at the screen and a display that makes a bloop-bloop sound every time you touch it. One doesn’t work very well and the other makes you cringe every time. And yet, people are fine with that. 

I admit, Apple could have done better on the software front, especially after six years and had a better name that does not defy the laws of mathematics (and logic). But to throw the word “innovation” around like it’s the only thing that matters is a new product is stupid. 

Innovation for the sake of innovation is pointless. I’d rather have product that polishes and perfects existing features (e.g. the panorama mode) rather than a dozen new features that no one bothers to use. And that includes NFC.