Today I read on Facebook that a few of my friends were 'disappointed' with the Apple unveiling today. This was surprising to me because it came from people who I didn't expect to follow tech close enough to know that there was an unveiling today. One friend claimed that it was certain that, 'Samsung leads the pack.' Do they? I asked these people what would have made them more impressed and from all of them I got, 'bigger screen.' So that's it. A bigger screen. Well another person claimed that Apple was behind because he can stream from his Samsung phone to his Samsung TV but we'll leave that one alone. So, if a large display is the end all be all of phone innovation then the Dell Streak was years ahead of it's time. Personally I believe that Apple's ability to cram so much into a small package is pretty damn impressive but I guess that is just me.
A few day ago I also read an article on CNET, I know it's CNET but the article was about what Apple would have to include to 'catch up' to Android. It included things like larger display of course, waterproof (available on some Sony models), SD card slot and a slew of other features. The hilarious thing is that these features are from a multitude of phones. Holy shit it is getting ridiculous. So let's recap what Apple unveiled and where they did well and where they could have done better. Also, let's leave this to iPhones. We all are excited to see some new Macs but we will have to wait.
Design: It is an 'S' model so we knew that the design would be the same. It wasn't as if the design was bad, in fact it is pretty amazing. We got some new colors to boot but still. I'm happy.
Performance: This is an area where I've never felt my 5 lacking but Apple really did the unexpected, 64 bit architecture. I remember reading in several places that it was very unlikely that we'd see any 64 bit ARM processors until mid 2014. What are the implications? I'm not too privy on every benefit of the need for 64 bit but I can say that double the performance is pretty stellar. From the hands on video the things absolutely screams. Apple could have done more with the M7 but just a minor issue.
Camera: Do we really need more than 8 Megapixels? Really? I'm not trying to sound like an Apple apologist here but 8 megapixels is 3264x2448. Unless you are making posters I think that you should be fine. What I've always needed was more color accuracy and better low light and it appears that we will get it. Also, people will claim that that GS4 had slow motion capture first but it is at 480p so.... meh.
Display: This is where the subjective battle begins. For me personally it feels like the 90's when everyone had to buy a massive SUV just because they could. For me I love my small iPhone for two reasons; 1) It's a very portable, mobile device. When it is in my pocket it is almost unnoticeable and I love that. 2) It is discreet. I can wrap the device in my hand while using it making it difficult for those around me to see what I'm seeing. In a crowded bar this is great. Those of you using Galaxy Notes I can read who you are texting from 2 tables away. Also, you look ridiculous when you talk on it. Would I never buy a larger iPhone? Not necessarily but the need for a large display is overhyped.
Biometric Scanner: We all knew that there would be finger print scanner. My big worry was that it would be slow. After watching this video by Anand http://anandtech.com/show/7308/apple-iphone-5s-hands-on-video you can see that it is really quick. If this is combined with the iCloud keychain then it is better than any other smartphone feature than I have seen in a year.
tl;dr Apple didn't release a larger iPhone and people are crying that they aren't innovating. I don't agree and I feel that what they are producing is of substance and real value. What are your opinions. Do you really think that Apple is slowing down on innovation?