I still contend the iPhone 4S is a disappointment

October 18, 2011

Why would I make such a seemingly stupid claim you ask?  How many first weekend sales of an iPad 2 design inspired iPhone 5 would there have been? (regardless of whether it has 4G) Now subtract from that number  the record 4 million iPhone 4Ss Apple sold and that’s how much money/mindshare Apple left on the table.  A hefty percentage of that money/mindshare will likely flow to Samsung (and their channel partners) when they release whatever superphone they’re going to announce tonight with Google, and at least some of it will flow to Motorola/Verizon when they start selling the super thin LTE capable DROID RAZR next month.

Apple could have delivered a severe body blow to Android and a potential death blow to Blackberry, Windows Phone, and WebOS (okay probably already dead, but I can’t let go yet) and they refrained.  I imagine there were very sound reasons they did not go to market with the iPhone 5, but I can promise you Microsoft, Nokia, HP, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and Google are more than grateful only 4 milion iPhone 4Ss were sold this past weekend….



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