The Orange View (on hiatus) Because Apple is great but it isn't perfect


Just a little bit ironic

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

Posted by Aaron Pressman

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  1. I’m waiting for the “choice is bad” cheerleaders to explain why it’s good when Apple offers you a choice of three different phones. Doesn’t that destroy the perfect symmetry of Apple’s product matrix? Wasn’t Amazon getting grief from the usual suspects for still selling the old Kindle models just the other day?

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