Apple has been on a downfall for years imo. However, with the release of the 5c and 5s I think they got something for different people in both devices. As CK said, the 5c appeals to the younger generation and the people who want their favorite phone in a different color. It's hard to tell the quality of the phone through pics (at least for me), but the world is so used to seeing plastic phones (thanks to Samsung) that it's no longer a big deal anymore, the point is do the colors "pop". For many, that is a dealmaker and the fact that it doesn't really skimp out on other specs, it's a fairly good deal. What I don't understand is why it took Apple so long to do it considering their lineup of iPods and their various colors.
The 5s brings some new technology that could be implemented into other phones. I personally find the fingerprint scanner to be a very good idea. It's secure (at least the initial impression is), but extremely convenient. I know for many, including myself, entering a PIN, password, or pattern is a pain in the butt, so we don't do it. That leaves devices open for people to look through if we ever lose them (I use SeekDroid, but that still requires extra steps). The fact that you can set the 5s to be used only by you, or by a handful of trusted people, through fingerprint is a great idea. Yes the Atrix had a fingerprint scanner, but that wasn't as convenient and was at a fairly awkward area on the phone (on the top of the back of the phone for those that don't know). Having your home button be the security feature of your phone is definitely forward thinking, and something we really haven't seen from Apple for the past couple years.
I do agree that them discontinuing the 5 was a bad idea. Some people want that premium feel without the specs, and the 5 offers that when the 5s is released. They could've covered all ranges; low, mid, and high, but by them getting rid of the 5 and relying on the units left on shelves (if they don't pull them) they eliminated alot of potential buyers. And considering what Samsung offers with their Galaxy line, can they really afford to eliminate a device, especially one as popular as the 5.
Apple certainly isn't the juggernaut they used to be, and I still think they're on a downfall, but these two devices will save face for now. The company isn't going to go away for a long time, but they're far from being top dog like they used to be. We'll see once the hype dies down around these phones and see what the public thinks.
FWIW, I do also think the 5S is a nice upgrade. Every "S" has been a minor, but still solid upgrade... the 3GS was much better than the 3G, 4S than the 4, etc. I think the 5S is right on par with those upgrades (if not a bit more). I'm especially interested in the camera in the 5S, as well as the motion chip.
Forgot to mention pc I see what you are saying in regards to pricing. The price point of the 5C isn't going to get the iPhone penetration into the midrange smartphone segment. It should see strong sales in the states but overseas in developing markets like China people simply can't afford it. I think Apples stock dropped because of this. Investors were probably hoping for a lower priced iPhone (pure speculation)
Android is more successful in emerging markets because there are plenty of low end smartphones
edit: And for someone who finds the extra security measures for a lock screen to be a pain, this idea appeals to me and I am jealous of it. However, I want to see this feature in action and see if it's one of those cases if it's too good to be true. Also if any flaws will be discovered with it.
Last edited by dezymond; 09-11-2013 at 02:08 PM.
is the fingerprint scanner innovative, no but like dezy pointed out it is a nice idea especially putting it on the home button. Dezy good point because I overlooked that and have to give apple kudos for that idea.
Ck to your last post, exactly. I wasnt down playing the plastic because you right to have a cheaper iphone in different colors would be marketable because of the teenage population. But dezy put it perfect in that you have the s for high range, have the 5 for mid range, and have the 5c for low range. Now I have to admit that my 199 price point was low for even the iphone 5c being the 5s is going to sell for 699 (16 gb model), the 5 would drop about 100 bucks to about 599, so I am thinking 399 would be about what I would have expected the iphone 5c to be off contract.