Apple's stock drops as Microsoft's rise after 4S announcement

As the world waited for the iPhone 5, Apple today delivered a product that appears to have disappointed many.

With rumors flying around that the iPhone 5 would come with a new teardrop design, Apple fans were informed at the Apple press event in Cupertino that in fact there would be no iPhone 5 today (or perhaps even this year) and that they would instead release an upgraded version of the 4 – the iPhone 4S. The 4S is the same design as the 4 however “don’t be deceived, because inside it’s all new”.

With the announcement of the 4S, Apple stocks dropped as much as 3.5% whilst Microsoft stock rose 3.3% - if Microsoft ever had a chance in the smartphone market, now is the chance to take advantage. With Apple shareholders clearly not overly excited by the 4S, it leaves one to question how much Windows Phone and Android are set to benefit. With Microsoft having just released their new Mango update and with more new WP7.5 devices rumored for release later this month, it will definitely show a great deal about the consumers’ reaction to the relatively infant operating system.

HTC reported earlier this week that WP made up 30% of its sales and with many OEM’s only starting to get on board with Mango, if they get produce similar sales results to HTC, then Microsoft will have succeeded in making a thriving mobile platform.

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OMFG!!!!!! New iPhone! It's still the same old sh__, but it's a little faster! Are you going to wait in line for one? Hey, maybe we can camp out together! I'll bring a Thermos of instant capuccino!

Skwerl said,
OMFG!!!!!! New iPhone! It's still the same old sh__, but it's a little faster! Are you going to wait in line for one? Hey, maybe we can camp out together! I'll bring a Thermos of instant capuccino!

LOL.. but it took 16 months to figure out how to fit an A5 in the iphone 4!!

I still dont know why people think that the A5 is a dual core at 1Ghz.. its underclocked to increase battery life.. the ipad 2 has an A5 at 900Mhz.. I am so sick of all the tech blogs assuming it is 1Ghz.. you are playing right into their hands so they dont have to say what it performs at and you guys just assume its similar to the competition so they dont look as bad

Just as I suspected. Nothing new just a rehash of old tech. Not worth the $200 they want for the 16GB model. I'll stick with my LG Thrill or better yet grab the Galaxy S II as they are both far more flexible.

rafter109 said,
Just as I suspected. Nothing new just a rehash of old tech. Not worth the $200 they want for the 16GB model. I'll stick with my LG Thrill or better yet grab the Galaxy S II as they are both far more flexible.

* better camera then the competition now(8MP sensor and faster shutter times)
* Siri
* A5 = best mobile processor on the market

KingCrimson said,

* better camera then the competition now(8MP sensor and faster shutter times)
* Siri
* A5 = best mobile processor on the market


And if the iPhone 4 camera is anything to go by the quality of this one will blow most other mobile phone cameras out of the water even the ones with higher MP.

KingCrimson said,

* better camera then the competition now(8MP sensor and faster shutter times)
* Siri
* A5 = best mobile processor on the market


AHAHAHAHAHAHA

SpyderCanopus said,
What exactly is different about it? I don't see many iphone4 users upgrading to it.

Most people will notice the new virtual Assistant, better camera and faster gaming(due 7x faster A5 GPU).

KingCrimson said,

Most people will notice the new virtual Assistant, better camera and faster gaming(due 7x faster A5 GPU).

I love how everyone is throwing around this 7x faster figure just because Apple said it. At least let a reputable tech web site verify those claims before you run around acting like it's gospel.

This is definitely a good opportunity for Microsoft, and Nokia as well. With the iPhone 4S having the same terrible antenna design, it really makes sense to push Nokia's stellar performance.

migo said,
This is definitely a good opportunity for Microsoft, and Nokia as well. With the iPhone 4S having the same terrible antenna design, it really makes sense to push Nokia's stellar performance.

Get your facts straight and come back.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Get your facts straight and come back.

GS:mac

Not sure why you add that dumb signature at the end of all your posts. I can see your name at the top of your comment and nobody cares what OS you're using.

"The 4S is the same design as the 4 however “don't be deceived, because inside it's all new”."

The main problems I heard about the iPhone 4 were all on the outside. So if they haven't changed that, do they still remain? I'm talking about the antenna issue and the glass shattering when dropped.

protocol7 said,
"The 4S is the same design as the 4 however “don't be deceived, because inside it's all new”."

The main problems I heard about the iPhone 4 were all on the outside. So if they haven't changed that, do they still remain? I'm talking about the antenna issue and the glass shattering when dropped.

Antennagate is supposed to have been fixed in a quite smart way. (Which is non-existent for me either way, as I live in Germany where cell network infrastructure is strong as crap)

Glass gate: use a proper case, done.
I don't get why people carry multi-hundred dollar devices sans protection either way, be it an iP4, a Galaxy SII, a WP7 phone, a camera, ...

Seriously guys, you can have everything fall and break, sure the iPhone 4 does have extra vulnerability, but it doesn't affect me so far as I use a good case. (It's not even a special one, just simple plastic covering the side and back)

Also pay attention to give such devices some extra tender loving care and attention.

Doesn't mean, the problem isn't there, it just is a matter of how you tackle and may still live on with it and enjoy advantages of the product in turn.

To each his own device, people who run Android or WP7 and are lucky, all the power to them!

And yes, this was a let down, NOTHING unexpected, however I liked the personal assistant a lot.
Hopefully jailbreaking will bring it to the iPhone 4 (NO-S)
I don't see the need for the A5 here, seriously.

GS:mac

virtorio said,
Tim Cook is really boring to listen to.

+1

Boy do I miss Jobs and how he made it a JOY to watch it...
That was the longest 90 minutes of Apple event EVER.

Really not digging his EXTREME love for statistics either, hell, that wasn't the share holder meeting!

Crap, get some lessons by Jobs, Cook!

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

+1

Boy do I miss Jobs and how he made it a JOY to watch it...
That was the longest 90 minutes of Apple event EVER.

Really not digging his EXTREME love for statistics either, hell, that wasn't the share holder meeting!

Crap, get some lessons by Jobs, Cook!

GS:mac


Wasn't the problem that it was basically just a big rehash though? I don't think Jobs giving the same presentation would have been a whole lot better...

I won a $500 bet that no iPhone 5 would be announced today. Nothing in leaked hardware indicated an iPhone 5 would be released soon. A few silicone cases are easy and cheap to make sense most of the retailers were asking for a guaranteed sale they had nothing to really lose from their end. The rumored iPhone 5 looked more like the updated iPod touch than anything else. It also didn't make sense for a new release now since LTE is still in its infancy. Apple can capture the entire market better when LTE is more mature and widely available from all three networks carriers. Kill all birds with one phone. Sprint needed the iPhone 4 and 4s. It hedged it's bets correctly. Getting rid of the premium upgrade option to keep unlimited talk, text and data is a much smarter move. Being a world phone is a big bonus and makes it a contender against the other two carriers. Maybe come April we will see the iPhone 5. Let the rumor mill start again.

mrmomoman said,
I won a $500 bet that no iPhone 5 would be announced today

Nice, you can take that money and get a real phone.

Enron said,

Nice, you can take that money and get a real phone.

please share what phones you consider a real phone? I have a few and would like to know of any of them are real phones.

I'm honestly pretty happy they didn't change the shape. A teardrop-shaped iPhone would look ugly as hell. The current design they have is much classier, and nobody's successfully imitated it yet.

Also, despite the widest on-lauch availability for any iPhone to date in the US, it still lacks LTE or 4G support (while AT&T may not care, it's certainly an issue with Sprint and VZW) - Android suports both today (and Windows Phone 7.5 doubtless has models supporting LTE in the pipe for release this year). It's also still overpriced compared to the Android (in particular) competition.

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