“With Apple’s next smartphone still months away, fans have been gobbling up iPhone 6 rumors faster than Pac-Man on a power pill bender. However, even the hottest rumor mill in tech can’t turn this device into a winner,” Avram Piltch writes for LAPTOP. “Based on everything we know now, the next iPhone will be a year late and a bitcoin short of the competition, doing nothing to slow Apple’s descent from smartphone pioneer to high tech has-been.”
Piltch writes, “Here are six reasons why the iPhone 6 has already lost.”
• Weak Camera Features: While current rumors peg the iPhone 6’s camera at either the same 8-MP or a slightly higher 10-MP, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is about to launch with a 16-MP shooter, real-time HDR and goodies like Eraser Mode, which removes photobombers from your pictures, and Best Face, which helps you choose a different expression for each person in a group shot. Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z2 takes the megapixel war a step further on Android, going with a 20.7-MP lens while Nokia’s Lumia 1020 Windows Phone continues its 41-MP dominance.
• Poor Battery Life, No Removable Battery: While it is possible that the iPhone 6 will include a higher-capacity battery than its predecessor, the latest rumors peg it with a much-larger 4.7 or 5.5-inch display (perhaps one model with each), which will undoubtedly consume more power… the iPhone 6 will probably ship with a Liquidmetal, unibody design that has a sealed back panel. You’ll have to opt for a battery case if you want extra juice.
• No NFC: While just about every other phone on the market, most tablets and a slew of laptops now feature Near Field Communication chips, Apple won’t touch this new technology with a 10-foot poll [sic].
• Too Few Sharing Options: I have an easier time getting a 2-year-old to share than an iPhone. While Android has a universal sharing menu that lets you send content to any share-capable service, iOS treats every app as an island unto itself… On Android, I can share from any content app to the most obscure social network or messaging service (ICQ, anyone?), as long as I have it installed.
• Weak Keyboard: iOS doesn’t allow you to install a third-party keyboard. It’s possible iOS 8 will allow more freedom, but we have no reason to believe the iPhone 6 will be any different from previous generations.
• Limited Customization: You don’t have to be a hacker to make major changes to the look and feel of your Android phone. You can add widgets to the home screen, arrange your icons in any pattern you want or even install a completely new launcher. Apple’s design philosophy, which shouldn’t change with the iPhone 6, is to design for the lowest common denominator and offer the fewest choices possible, not letting you change much about the look and feel of the UI.
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MacDailyNews Take: According to Mr. Piltch, Apple’s “iPhone 6” will be the first iPhone to not set the all-time unit sales record as all other previous iPhone models have done despite the facts that:
– Megapixels do not equal camera quality
– Apple’s iPhone 5s battery life beats both Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 and Google’s flagship Nexus 5
– Apple sets the agenda, thanks, and if Apple says NFC stands for No Fscking Chance, then it’s dead technology
– If you think the number of built-in “sharing options” means a smartphone “has already lost,” then you suck at hit-whoring
– Ditto for “third-party keyboards” and “limited customization”
Without further ado, here are our 7 reasons why Apple’s iPhone 6 has likely already won:
1. World’s best-selling smartphone: iPhone (1st gen.)
2. World’s best-selling smartphone: iPhone 3G
3. World’s best-selling smartphone: iPhone 3GS
4. World’s best-selling smartphone: iPhone 4
5. World’s best-selling smartphone: iPhone 4s
6. World’s best-selling smartphone: iPhone 5
7. World’s best-selling smartphone: iPhone 5s
And, as for Apple’s so-called “descent from smartphone pioneer to high tech has-been,” please see the following articles:
• How Android lost global open market share to Apple’s integrated iOS – March 14, 2014
• comScore: #1 Apple continues to take U.S. smartphone market share – March 7, 2014
• NPD: Affluent US consumers choose Apple iPhones – February 20, 2014
• Gartner: Apple gained mobile phone share as smartphones overtook feature phone sales in 2013 – February 13, 2014
• Analyst: Apple iPhone took 87.4% of mobile phone profits in Q4 – February 11, 2014
• Apple’s iOS gains U.S. share in fourth quarter as Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry decline – February 5, 2014
• Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users – November 13, 2013
• IDC data shows two thirds of Android’s 81% smartphone share are cheap junk phones – November 13, 2013
• Android phones 3 times more likely than Apple iPhones to have been bought at discount store – August 22, 2013
• CIRP: Apple iPhone users are younger, richer, and better educated than those who settle for Samsung knockoff phones – August 19, 2013
• Twitter heat map shows iPhone use by the affluent, Android by the poor – June 20, 2013
• Unsurprisingly, survey says Apple’s iOS is highest priority among mobile developers – January 23, 2013
Lastly, hit-whores love to be contacted as it sometimes helps them aspire to greater heights the next time they sit down to scribble their gibberish:
(The above is only a partial contact list. We have more contact information, including phone numbers, reserved for future use.)
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tom” for the heads up.]
Apple iPhone 5s battery life test completed: beats Galaxy S4 and Nexus 5 – December 23, 2013
Apple leads, the rest follow: Google dumps NFC requirement in Google Wallet app – September 18, 2013
Apple iPhone 5s camera leaps two years ahead of entire camera industry – all cameras, not just smartphone cameras – September 13, 2013
NFC stands for Not For Commerce: Apple snubs emerging mobile payment standard – September 13, 2012