iPhone 4S Leaves Half of iPhone 4 Owners Disappointed: Is Apple Losing its Creative Edge?

iPhone 4S is Apple’s first product launch without Steve Jobs and it has left quite a few of its followers disappointed. This might sound surprising given the fact that the phone has pretty much sold out all its pre-orders on all its carriers. But it is not so much about sales numbers, but more about Apple’s legacy to provide more than its users’ wild imagination. And this time, it looks like Apple users are feeling shortchanged.

According to a survey conducted by Retrevo, about 29 percent of the smartphone users said that they are disappointed by iPhone 4S. According to them, Apple failed to incorporate a few crucial new features. The biggest disappointment was on the connectivity front. About 17 percent of the smartphone users were expecting the phone to be 4G compliant. This seems logical as quite a few new phones now come equipped with the technology and the LTE connectivity itself has spread far enough to justify the development. Much to the users’ disappointment, iPhone 4S still runs on 3G, just like its predecessor. This figure is even higher for iPhone4 users, 29 percent of whom wanted to see iPhone 4S with 4G compatibility

About 11 percent of the users were expecting Apple to drastically change the form factor. Again, no surprise on this front as 4S looks exactly the same as iPhone 4. This factor also managed to disappoint 21 percent of iPhone 4 users. Another factor was related to the bigger screen. A couple of years back, iPhone had wowed us with its spacious real estate, but now the phone looks pigmy in front of those new machines with over 4 inches of screen size. 12 percent of iPhone 4 users’ hearts broke seeing the same size screen.

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5 Responses to “iPhone 4S Leaves Half of iPhone 4 Owners Disappointed: Is Apple Losing its Creative Edge?”

  1. Nelly says:

    As a previous 4 owner I was a little disappointed with the 4s announcement, however after buying a 64gb version of the 4s all disappointment has gone.
    The camera is excellent and the increase in speed over the 4 is very impressive.
    Also after being a little sceptical about Siri, I am now very impressed with it !!
    I don’t get why uk users are so upset about the lack of 4g connectivity, most carriers are struggling to provide uk wide 3G connectivity so what makes people think 4g will be anywhere near the 3G coverage !!

  2. selfsilent says:

    In what world is 29% “Half”? It’s only just over a quarter.
    Now factor in how many of those people would have bought the iPhone and aren’t just iHaters.
    The 17% moaning about one thing and 11% moaning about another are probably part of the same 29%.

    The fact is, it is blogs like this that pushed nonsensical rumours about the new iPhone based on what a 15 year old thinks that Apple should do. Apple can’t win, if they released the iPhone that covered all the rumours it would be too expensive.

    The iPhone wasn’t bettered in its lifetime which is why it had a 16 month run instead of a 1 year life cycle. It only needed a slight update to stay ahead of the crowd.

    Steve Jobs didn’t work on the 4S as it was a simple upgrade, he put his final year on the iPhone to be released next year. That’s when you’ll see innovation.

    Apple release (iphone), innovate (3G), update (3GS), innovate (4), update (4S).
    After release they innovate 1 year and revise the next, same with the iPad.

  3. selfsilent says:

    In what world is 29% \"Half\"? It\’s only just over a quarter.
    Now factor in how many of those people would have bought the iPhone and aren\’t just iHaters.
    The 17% moaning about one thing and 11% moaning about another are probably part of the same 29%.

    The fact is, it is blogs like this that pushed nonsensical rumours about the new iPhone based on what a 15 year old thinks that Apple should do. Apple can\’t win, if they released the iPhone that covered all the rumours it would be too expensive.

    The iPhone wasn\’t bettered in its lifetime which is why it had a 16 month run instead of a 1 year life cycle. It only needed a slight update to stay ahead of the crowd.

    Steve Jobs didn\’t work on the 4S as it was a simple upgrade, he put his final year on the iPhone to be released next year. That\’s when you\’ll see innovation.

    Apple release (iphone), innovate (3G), update (3GS), innovate (4), update (4S).
    After release they innovate 1 year and revise the next, same with the iPad.

  4. selfsilent says:

    Apologies for the double post. It claimed an incorrect security code but posted any way.

  5. Anra says:

    “In what world is 29% \”Half\”? It\’s only just over a quarter”

    The 29 percent rate mentioned in the article is applicable only to ‘smartphone’ users. The rate was as high as 47 percent among the iPhone 4 users, which is pretty close to being ‘half’.

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