Since nobody really bothered to cover this, I feel it is my duty to let you know that there will be new iPhones in a few days.
A few things from the article stick out.
The new cheaper 5C, how much better is it than what’s currently available? Considering that my iPhone 4 still does the job just fine and that the iPhone 5 hasn’t been out for very long, to my admittedly somewhat uninformed point of view this sounds kind of like a cash grab. There has to be leftover stock and I’m sure the blueprints for those older models still exist, so why not make more if you need to and just call them what they are instead of wasting time and money on new branding unless the plan is to trick people into thinking they’re buying something superior?
Apple said this is the first time that a new phone has been available right away in China — a sign of the growing importance of that market to the company.
Considering how many of the things they’ve likely helped to build, it’s nice of Apple to finally let them keep a few.
Apple also said its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on Sept. 18.
Craig Federighi, head of software at Apple Inc., said at an event at the company’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters that “downloading iOS 7 is like getting an all new device.”
Reading that, I’m simultaneously nervous and trying to calm myself down. I’ve said it before, but there’s rarely a bad time to repeat it. As a blind person, I’ve been conditioned by countless instances in the wild to translate words and phrases such as “new,” “redesigned,” “easier to use interface” and “intuitive” to “you’re gonna hate this, blindy. We’ve moved everything and labeled none of it. Seriously, just forget it. Hope you can find something else.” This being Apple and knowing all of the work they’ve put into and good will that’s been built up because of Voiceover I’m sure it won’t be as bad as all that, but it still doesn’t mean that I personally want a whole new device. It’s been a year and I’m just now feeling comfortable enough with the device I already have to not want to punch things simply because touchscreens. The last thing a slow learner like me wants is something completely different. But on the other hand, I’ll probably get over it. I have once already, I’m sure I can do it again. I guess I’ll know in a few weeks.
A quicky little flip through the stack-o-crap® I’ve had building up re: the new iPhones over the last couple days has the collective result of a who cares? The major differences with the 5S are the finger print scanner (woopdy do), and a 64-bit chip for which you’re probably not going to have much if any actual use for in a freaking phone. As for the 5C, it looks like it’s replacing the 5 in some markets. Supposedly cheaper than the 5 (it’d better be, given the thing’s plastic), but having the same specs. except plastic. And at least if you’re a Telus customer, that’s what you’ll get instead of the 5 if you don’t go get you a 5 before Sept 28. I’m kind of with you, though. My 4’s doing what I expect my 4 to do, and at least until the advent of iOS 8 I’m not expecting support for it to go wandering off in that general direction. So I’ve got no reason to upgrade. Much to Telus’s dismay I’m sure, given my contract’s up in 6 months but y’know.
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