iPhone 4S fails to impress Twitter users

Whether you were one of those people who allowed themselves to get drunk on hyperbole, or you just genuinely expected a bit more from Apple this time around, it’s fair to say that an awful lot of people have been left disappointed by yesterday’s iPhone 4S announcement.

But even amid the hype and frenzy that tends to precede the arrival of a new Apple product, there were many very real and tangible indications that an iPhone 5 was indeed on the way, so it’s not difficult to understand why so many people expected to see something a bit juicier than a reworked (and visually identical) iPhone 4.

Statistics from leading social media analysts Crimson Hexagon (via ZDNet) show that, on the Twitterverse at least, expectations for the new iPhone were high and, for the most part, were not met. Of over 285,000 opinions and 383,000 mentions included in the survey, these key results were extracted:

  • 25% of tweets were distinctly positive about the announcement
  • Of that 25%:  14% were ‘excited about the iPhone 4S’, while just 11% indicated that they ‘plan to buy’ it
  • 49% of tweets were distinctly negative about the announcement
  • Of that 49%:  33% were ‘disappointed that [the iPhone 4S] is not the iPhone 5’, while 16% unfavorably compared Tim Cook with his predecessor, Steve Jobs
  • 26% of tweets were neutral in tone, such as those tweets which were just sharing the news with followers and friends

Image source: Crimson Hexagon

There is no strong basis to suggest that these figures are completely representative of the market as a whole, and it’s also important to note that these tweets were sampled on the same day as the announcement, and so their immediate reactions might not necessarily reflect their later opinions once they’ve had time to let the news set in.

But given the overwhelming positivity with which consumers have previously greeted Apple product launches, the scale of negative reaction shown in these figures – and still evident in articles, editorials, blogs and tweets across the web – is certainly not what Apple was hoping to see. Ultimately, though, the sales figures for the 4S will conclusively tell the true story of how consumers feel about the new iPhone.  

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People are just mad they kept the same form factor. This was bound to happen to apple at some point. The hardware race is not what they used to be, and it was going be really hard to beat lasts years iphone 4 announcement anyway. its like they fighting against themselves.

Im not the biggest iphone fun, but even I can see that even if there was going to be a different form factor, the specs would be the same. dual core processor, better graphics, better camera.

The iPhone 4 is really sleek and its still one of the best displays out there (and until I see a high DPI amoled "plus" on a device less than 4 inches big, it will remain the best).


and apple will release an LTE phone when the networks are ready. some 4G locations in the US are a joke, with people getting speeds that people get in europe on HSPA phones. europe hasnt still widely deployed LTE, and i doubt apple is willing to make an iphone compatible with wimax, LTE and hsdpa+. i think its still too soon.


also, whatever happened to the european requirement of microUSB compatible smartphones? i figured by this iteration there would be a microusb charger at least for europe

I think everyone expected an iPhone 4S (like 3G>3GS) *until* they went past the usual release month.....

Then people assumed the delay was because it was something a bit more special coming our way. There were numerious info leaks, blurred images/case leaks etc that fueled the speculation and Apple said nothing..... (making people even more suspicious).

Remember all that fuss over the stolen iPhone? Implied something big was going on.

After 16 months of waiting though, a revamped iPhone4 isnt really good enough. Even people who are blindly loyal to Apple were left feeling sour (no pun intended). That entire announcement was all rather underwhelming from start to finnish.

When the 3GS showed up, the market was a different place. Android devices out now are offering very serious competition (and apples recent patent wars reflect that), have superior technical specs, and are looking more and more appealing even to iOS users thanks to Android becoming better with each release + the market place expanding its range of apps.

Everyone expected Apple to "wow" us with some new innovation, even if the 4S was confirmed people were still waiting for the point in the announcement when they would reveal the killer feature. It never came.

What a joke, My galaxy s 2 I have had for months still out powers this P.O.S. I also didn't have to pay more for a 16gb,32gb etc version.. Just pop in an Micro SD card. A lot cheaper then 100+ Extra.

Shall see how it sells when the 4s is released. Something tells me tho it will sell well since pretty much it has always sold well. Apple fans are devoted.

I was impressed... That I called it a year ago. And on this forum too. I said there would be no 4G LTE on the next iPhone. Apple lived up to my expectations.

What a joke.

All Google has to do next week is fart and it's a bigger hit than that waste of time that was displayed yesterday by Apple.

UndergroundWire said,
I was impressed... That I called it a year ago. And on this forum too. I said there would be no 4G LTE on the next iPhone. Apple lived up to my expectations.

What a joke.


All Google has to do next week is fart and it's a bigger hit than that waste of time that was displayed yesterday by Apple.

I think you are overstating things a bit.

JSampsoN82 said,

I think you are overstating things a bit.

C'mon Apple's announcement is pathetic and filled with lies. They wouldn't even dare to compare that phone with a 4G LTE phone. They won't even acknowledge that Android is the number one sold phone in the World. Idiots buy anything they say but I think they are finally goin g to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

Google's announcement will be huge next Tuesday. And it will be innovative.

We need to stop spreading rumors. People get excited, the keynote is delivered, they're disappointed, the mud-slinging begins, and more rumors follow. It's a sad, vicious cycle that happens every year.

bjoswald said,
We need to stop spreading rumors. People get excited, the keynote is delivered, they're disappointed, the mud-slinging begins, and more rumors follow. It's a sad, vicious cycle that happens every year.

Invariably though, when you got many more rumours than usual, and most of them are actually liming up and confirming each other.. it usually means the truth isn't far off what the rumours are suggesting.

I personally believe that there SHOULD have been an iPhone 5 this year as well as a reduced price version in the 4S, but Apple cocked it up and couldn't get the 5 finished in time.

roadwarrior said,
This just proves what I said yesterday, a huge percentage of people (33% in this case) are simply ****ed off about the name!

Yeah, everyone hates it because of the name, that's it. </sarcasm>

The thing that makes me laugh is if it had a slightly different design it would of been the best thing ever!! Infact, they could have changed the design and not much else and the general consumer would have loved it.. they are all just gutted they wont turn heads when they whip out their iPhone 4S because 'its just an iPhone4' .. these type of people generally don't care about the specs, the phone is already fast enough for what they would use it for.

Jarrichvdv is right, there are loads of uninformed people out there, just like him, that will buy an iphone just because it says iphone on it.

Folks, being fanboy only makes you look stupid, no matter what it is. Apple had a great phone, Sky had a great TV service, Nvidia / AMD had great Graphics cards, Sony had a great console, but you know what - technology moves on and this "months must" have is next months "has been".

Just get what's right for you at the time, don't stick religiously to a companies product otherwise you'll pay through the nose for a substandard product when others match or better it for less.

As Public Enemy said - Dont believe the hype!

Edited by TheBlueRaja, Oct 5 2011, 8:16pm :

TheBlueRaja said,
Jarrichvdv is right, there are loads of uninformed people out there, just like him, that will buy an iphone just because it says iphone on it.

Nope, this just proves that there a lot of ****ing morons out there who believe every damned rumor that sites like Neowin publish about upcoming products as if they were written in stone.

People buy iPhones in huge numbers anyway, like Apple gives a damn **** about all those negatives responses. It's still the best phone out there.

Jarrichvdv said,
It's still the best phone out there.

I'm beginning to feel sorry for those with a huge app investment through App Store, who are now 'locked in' to the platform, purely due to the expense of switching and re-acquiring the apps.

Jarrichvdv said,
People buy iPhones in huge numbers anyway, like Apple gives a damn **** about all those negatives responses. It's still the best phone out there.

It's the most popular, not the best.

dotf said,

I'm beginning to feel sorry for those with a huge app investment through App Store, who are now 'locked in' to the platform, purely due to the expense of switching and re-acquiring the apps.

You can still use them in an iPod Touch and an iPad, so yeah, no need to feel sorry for them.

dotf said,

I'm beginning to feel sorry for those with a huge app investment through App Store, who are now 'locked in' to the platform, purely due to the expense of switching and re-acquiring the apps.


The same thing would happen if they had an Android or WP7 phone and decided to switch to a phone with another OS. How exactly is it different other than having a smaller range of phones to choose from with that OS?

Jarrichvdv said,
People buy iPhones in huge numbers anyway, like Apple gives a damn **** about all those negatives responses. It's still the best phone out there.

LOLWHUT??

Jarrichvdv said,
People buy iPhones in huge numbers anyway, like Apple gives a damn **** about all those negatives responses. It's still the best phone out there.

The Galaxy SII would like a word. Really though, hardware wise the iPhone 4S (not even out yet) is not top of the line... maybe a year ago, but not now. iOS needs a makeover. It's the same, tired UI it was in 2010; bland.

thats what happens when you include the media in every single thing that you do.. when you flop, you flop hard.. this was a minor flop in my opinion but it makes it alot worse when you say its going to be the best release ever..

Lachlan said,
thats what happens when you include the media in every single thing that you do.. when you flop, you flop hard.. this was a minor flop in my opinion but it makes it alot worse when you say its going to be the best release ever..

It's a flop to call a yet-to-be-released product a flop.

Lachlan said,
thats what happens when you include the media in every single thing that you do.. when you flop, you flop hard.. this was a minor flop in my opinion but it makes it alot worse when you say its going to be the best release ever..

Apple always flops with new products (not in sales, but in how they're able to innovate with each new release). Example: iPad 2 gets a camera and stupid candy-coated "smart" folders over iPad 1, and each new iPhone has less and less physical matter on it while each new iOS version after 1.0 is just a blantant copy of the competition with a half-eaten apple sticker on top. However, despite all of this they manage to get called "innovative" because they're very successful in buying out the media. The iPhone 4S may be a flop, but there's no reason why the ignorant masses won't flock to it just like they did with the "new" iPad 2.

I just don't know what's wrong with Apple lately, though. First they steal ideas, then they actually ALLOW THE MEDIA TO BASH THEM?? Hell, even CNN and Forbes are actually unimpressed, while Walt Mossberg must be in a coma right now.