Anaron, on 15 September 2012 - 07:58, said:
I think the main reason behind the success of Apple in the past was Steve Jobs. He was the visionary and he knew which risks to take. Once he passed away, it feels like some of the creative and risk-taking energy left Apple. It's no surprise that a lot of people that follow this kind of thing feel that the iPhone 5 isn't as "good" as they expected it to be (at least in terms of hardware). On Neowin, I've seen a lot of posts about people considering the Nokia Lumia 820/920.
I wonder if Apple will release a slightly updated version of the iPhone 5 in 2013 or jump straight to iPhone 6.
Steve knew about the iPhone 5 and signed off on it before he passed away. According to his biography they always have 2 generations of product planned out while the current version is released. He passed just after the iPhone 4S launch so based on this he would have fully known about the iPhone 5 and I'd expect he knew some of what the next iPhone after this one would be too.
Also there were leaks earlier in the year about how Steve and other execs were discussing increasing the iPhones screen size and decided to go with only a vertical increase and not horizontal, Steve knew about this as he was included in those discussions, that was all part of the leak too.
When you look at the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S, is that really any more amazing than iPhone 4S to iPhone 5? with this new version they've actually modified the external design of the phone more than the iPhone 4S did but people are saying this phone the iPhone 5 is the result of Steve not being there as a visionary? Under his watch the iPhone 4S happened and the iPhone 3GS which was externally identical to the iPhone 3G.
I think the iPhone 5's hardware is decent, the larger screen is nice and although I didn't like the back at first it has grown on me. But I'm still not buying it because for me the issue isn't the hardware so much as it is the software. I feel iOS is not moving fast enough in the direction I want. As I said in the iOS 6 thread, I want full multitasking not this luke-warm set of background API's that developers can only run specific features through like streaming audio and voip calls and I also want application expose so we can actually see previews of the apps we may want to switch between instead of just the app icon.