Eric Mack over on CNET in his Crave column writes an interesting article that not only points out problems that Apple is having with the iPhone 5, but offers six reasons why he actually thinks the iPhone line is in trouble.
I'm not certain that I agree with all his analysis, but I find that CNET pieces are generally worth paying attention to, even if you have to pick-and-choose the validity of everything being said. Not that their facts aren't right -- quite the contrary, they're a serious journalist outfit for tech news -- but that predicting the future (which is something they often do) is a hit-and-miss undertaking. Most especially in TechWorld which can change before I finish typing this sentence. (One of their reporters, Molly Wood, an otherwise excellent journalist, has seemed to predict more "Name the Leading Product"-killers than I can keep track of -- none of which have killed that leading product, whatever it might be.)
I think Apple loyalists are so profoundly loyal that they'll stick through the company, giving Apple more time than most companies have to work out any issues they have. I also think that more people like consistency over ever-changing innovation at times. But --
I do agree that Samsung has been releasing some interesting products lately, and that the Windows Phone is far more of a threat than a lot of people thought when it was first announced. Not only does it offer innovation for those who like that, but (unlike previous attempts at Windows phones) the new system now also offers an almost-seamless inner-operability (and learning curve) for those people with Windows 8 -- and a lot of people already have Windows 8. Keep in time, too, that Windows 8 may well be about 90% of the computer market. I'm not suggest that Windows Phone will overtake the market, just that it's a new platform done in a way that requires consideration, and one ignores it (and Windows 8 tablets over time) at their peril.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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