re: iPhone 5 Will Save The World: Analysts
The last iPhone release had an air of mystery, rumor and lots of conjecture. Not so this year. Whether it's the folks who cobbled various replacement parts into a complete shell or the case maker that revealed a dimensional demo used to design cases, the word is out along with images and side-by-side comparisons with the iPhone 4s. In addition, we've already seen the IOS 6 pre-release as well. Unless Apple has been manipulating things behind the scenes with a well-done ruse, and presents a completely different product, things my not be as grandiose as the hype suggests. Furthermore it will validate a lot of claims that Apples innovation has given over to refinement instead. Others may liken Apple to rock bands with smash hits, who's subsequent releases all begin to sound the same.
Apple has never had the kind of competition it now faces with Android, now the globally dominant smartphone OS. Apple's market share has been sliding in every major market except the United Sates and the UK. In China, the worlds largest market, Apple has lost half of it's tenuous foothold in the last year. The companies making inroads there are Samsung, Lenovo, Huawei, HTC and ZTE, holding the top 5 places in market share. This amid rumors that Foxconn - Apple's primary manufacturing partner is developing their own smartphone. If those companies decide to start placing large component and fabrication orders, Apple could find themselves competing with an entrenched block of Chinese smartphone OEMs-just to get parts and manufacturing time. We may already be seeing this impact, remember the recent story about Sharp's problems delivering displays?
As if that were not enough, in a bizarre turn of events, Chinese smartphone maker Goophone has actually designed AND PATENTED a new Android phone based very closely on the 'leaked' images of the iPhone 5. It's ironic that Apple's 'First to Patent" approach may ultimately backfire and shut them out of the Chinese market.
In summary, the deification of the iPhone 5 may be a little presumptuous.