Given the disappointment over the new iPhone 4S wouldn't it be ironic if the most significant announcement from Apple yesterday was actually the "free" 3 GS, an almost-three-year-old phone that can't run the very latest games and Siri speech-powered digital assistant that were the focus of the presentation. It certainly should help at the lower end of the socio-economic ladder, where Apple has lagged.
I'm not at all disparaging the greatness of the iPhone 4S or expecting to won't sell really, really well. By significant I mean having the most impact on smartphone market share and competition versus Android, Windows and other phone platforms. See today's Wall Street Journal piece, for example:
Apple, a company associated with the high end of the market, is now seeking to get a piece of one of the biggest growth opportunities in wireless: smartphone adoption by consumers who can't or don't want to shell out much money for a new phone.
"The expansion of the market is all coming at the low end," said Charles Golvin, an analyst at Forrester Research. "It doesn't matter who you are; there's an iPhone you can afford."
-Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2011