The iPhone 5 will be announced within a month or so and I started wondering whether Apple will be able to impress us… again. We think we know pretty much all of the features, leaving little space for a surprise. According to various rumors we’ve been hearing during the last couple of months, the iPhone 5 will rock a dual-core A5 processor, 4-inch screen, more RAM and perhaps he NFC capability. My question is – is that enough?
When we look at the top of the line Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation, HTC Evo 3D and soon-to-be-launched Motorola Droid Bionic, I don’t see the iPhone 5 standing out. Quite the contrary – specs wise, it’s pretty much on par with what other handset makers are offering.
Of course the hardware is just one part of the equation. iPhone users still have more apps and games to choose from than their Android counterparts and the situation will most-likely remain like that during the next year or so. However, with Android growing like crazy, I’m not sure I see a reason why would user stick to Apple’s eco-system. Don’t get me wrong – I admire Apple for how it changed the mobile industry and it took Google and its partners several years to reach the “iOS level.” That level is now reached and we *really* want to see Cupertino folks impress us again. As I said – I don’t see that happening with the iPhone 5 and iOS 5. Maybe I’m wrong (I want to be wrong) but I don’t see that to be the case. What do you think? Will Apple manage to impress us after all?