For months, Apple fans have impatiently awaited the company’s official iPhone 5 announcement.
Turns out, they may have to keep waiting.
Recent rumours point to Apple revealing the iPhone 4S at tomorrow’s highly anticipated keynote that kicks off at 10AM Pacific/1PM Eastern.
That ultimately begs the question, is an iPhone 4S enough?
When Apple made the jump from iPhone 3G to iPhone 3GS, users received respectable but far from revolutionary improvements, chiefly performance tweaks, a higher resolution camera and video recording. Necessary additions, no question, but perhaps not enough for many users to abandon their old phones.
We experienced a similar jump with handheld video game systems. Nintendo slapped cameras onto its DSi and then bumped up the screen size for the DSi XL, but some consumers hung on to their old DS Lites.
Then we have Sony, which struggled to convince gamers to jump from the traditional UMD loading PSP to the failed download only PSP Go.
In Apple’s defence, the iPhone 4 is vastly superior to iPhone 3G, but it remains to be seen whether its talented design team has enough features to make iPhone 4S worthwhile when iPhone 4 is simply good enough. Both devices will run iOS 5, no question.
Besides, “iPhone 5” signifies the birth of something new, where 4S is merely an extension of an existing product. We don’t want passersby to see us using one and ask whether it’s the 4 or 4S. Leave us alone.
To that end, do you think Apple’s potential decision to announce iPhone 4S over iPhone 5 is a smart idea?