Several reports suggesting that the new iPhone will have a cool 4.6 inch display, while some have shot down this rumor. It’s safe to say that a lot will be riding on the iPhone event that could happen in June or even July. Whereas the the new iPad announcement was nearly a refresh, the iPhone event could be the first new REAL product announcement without Mr. Steve Jobs.
Rather than a bigger display that may look nice (although not needed, I’m perfectly fine with the current 4.5 height of the iPhone 4), I’m looking for other revolutionary features. Apple is known for their innovation and we need to see it with the next iPhone.
Here are some of my must-haves for the new iPhone of 2012:
- Newest quad-core processor (industry standard)
- 3D camera at least 10MP (industry standard)
- OLED + Glare resistant screen (for those summer days)
- 40% increase in battery life compared to iPhone 4 (4G soaks up a lot more battery life than 3G)
- 4G LTE (seems like the standard even though its not available everywhere)
- Social Media widget for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Yelp (make social everywhere)
- New, slick design (A MUST)
Aesthetically, when the iPhone 4 came out it was the prettiest new gadget in the tech world at the time. Since then, several other devices have been introduced that look equally or even nicer than the iPhone. Apple…you remember that having an iPhone has become an accessory–for some its a fashion statement just like a belt or a watch. Make us proud Apple!
Obviously, we can’t help but hope for a new design. Here are some concept designs that I deem worthy for the iPhone 5. What do you think?
It’s a good move for both Apple and Target, but it may help Apple a bit more. As if Apple is not saturated enough, they’re moving in with Target (just like they have with Best Buy). Apple prides itself on being “easy” …devices are easy to use, devices are easy to purchase and devices are easily integrated.
Apple has saturated the tech-savy generations and is moving in on the late bloomers. Older generations have adopted an Apple lifestyle and now see themselves becoming tech savy. Why? Apple has made it easy…and fun to be a techy. While other devices (Droids and HTCs) are taking up some of the market share, Apple still leads with their innovations. Don’t agree? Just listen to the hype around Apple’s latest products.
The new collaboration will help Target expand its inventory and continue to attract new customers. If I can purchase an Apple device easily at Target, I’m intrigued. I can skip the long lines and hoards of people at the Apple Store and have a more pleasant purchase at Target. Even better…if I can get tech help at Target stores for my Apple devices, I may never walk in an Apple Store again.
Time will tell, but its a good move. It will be interesting to see what competitors do. Microsoft already started opening up retail stores in malls too…what about the “others”?
Do you like “all you can eat” buffets and/or Netflix? Yes? Well, if you do and if you love movies just as much, MoviePass is a must. Why? MoviePass is an “all you can watch” movie pass to any participating movie theater. Beta is rolling out in San Francisco and will definitely be a hit for movie enthusiasts.
All you can watch MoviePass is 50$ per month, but there is talks to provide a membership of $30 per month for only 4 movies. Both options are tempting and will definitely compete the MovieTickets.com and Fandango.com. 3D and Imax movies will be charged a 3$ surcharge.
Here are some of the benefits of this pass:
- No more waiting in line to buy tickets
- Your smart phone instantly becomes an “all you can watch” pass
- You can watch as many movies as you want (no more worrying about sneaking into another movie)
- Its convenient and easy
I’m looking forward to MoviePass and may give it a try. Although I probably wont watch 4 movies a month (thats about how much it will take to break even), I do like the convenience of knowing that at any given time I can see a movie for “free” and without waiting in line.
A survey was completed over the course of 3 weeks with 250 AT&T and Verizon stores in hopes of discovering what phone is the #1 seller. Possible phones in the running were Blackberry (RIM), Windows, iPhone, Droids and HTCs.
Discussions of the results can be found on techmeme.
Here’s a summary of the results (source: allthingsd):
Of the Verizon stores surveyed, 51 percent said the iPhone was their top-seller and an additional 38 percent said it was tied for first with a rival Android device, typically the Samsung Droid Charge or the HTC Thunderbolt.
At AT&T stores, the iPhone was even more dominant — 65 percent of them named it as their top selling phone. Another 31 percent said it was an Android device.
As expected, iPhone is the #1 selling phone with AT&T — there are obvious reasons why as this device has been their flagship for several years now. Now, Verizon is in a different situation as only half of the stores responded saying the iPhone was the top seller, while 38% said there is a tie between iPhones and Android devices.
What does this mean?
- iPhone was introduced to Verizon well after Android devices had already saturated the service provider which means there is still room for improvement with iPhones
- Android devices are holding their ground well against iPhones. This is a clear reflection of the quality and satisfaction these devices offer users
- The competition will heighten between these two devices, which means consumers will reap the most benefits. As these two companies compete they will push the buttons on innovation and it will keep technology exciting for us
- iPhone was released through Verizon after many users had already signed 1 year/2 year agreements with other iPhones. I would imagine that as the iPhone 5 comes out, we may seem a jump in the # of iPhone users on the Verizon front
There’s not too much attention given to Windows and RIM phones, but these devices are still not out of the competition. They just need to stay ahead of the group and produce devices that are superior in every way to their competition. When it comes to mobile devices, consumers aren’t as brand loyal as we might think. As soon as a new device comes out with “better” features, consumers jump.
Perhaps Comcast is getting ready for the new skype video calling or maybe they’re just trying to push the bar that much more, but they’ve showcased their 1GB broadband speed and its going to drastically change the internet.
To demonstrate the rapid fast speeds, CEO of Comcast, Brian Roberts, downloaded 20+ episodes of 30 Rock in 1 minute! That’s almost 20 hours of material in 1 minute! Imagine downloading at these speeds? WOW. Again, these new changes by Comcast keep existing customers happy and offer incentives for potential customers to join Comcast.
Thinking ahead, Comcast is ready for 2020 when consumers will be ready for more in their living room and I’m sure other online streaming companies will be right behind them. Netflix, Hulu and others are already taking market share away from Comcast, but Comcast is not worried. Roberts says “as they increase their broadband speeds, profits actually increase.” This is expected, consumers need to know that companies are looking out for their best interest and evolving to provide us with resources to keep up with technology.
Let’s hope this is a catalyst to enhanced cable viewing and internet experiences around the world. We need internet tools to step away from the competitive platform and instead collaborate. Satellite and Cable providers are no longer competitors, they’re both battling to stay alive against online streaming companies.