The majority of my day at work is spent using Microsoft SharePoint 2010. I maintain several sites/site collections for my team as a Site Manager. Recently we were able to start using our own master page and so I went out in search of templates that we could use to update our sites and make them look more professional. One of the projects that came up on Codeplex was Responsive SharePoint which aims to bring Bootstrap and Zurb’s Foundation Framework to SharePoint 2010 and 2013. The guys who have been working on this project have done a great job for the first crack at this type of thing.
Today thousands of people were waiting at Apple stores for the new iPhones. Others were waiting for it to be delivered to their own homes. And usually around this time of the year I would do the same. I would either be at the store at 5am sitting on the floor with my iPad and my iPhone showing my iCoolness with everyone else in the line. But this year I didn’t partake in this pilgrimage. Not due to financial constraints (though that is certainly something that is never taken out of the equation when purchasing iProducts) but because this year I didn’t feel the need to. As I looked at everything that was written up about the iPhone I realized: this isn’t amazing.
I realize that I may get my Apple fanboy badge revoked by my companions but in all honesty the new iPhone refresh was disappointing. I should firstly state that I’ve bought every new iPhone that came out either the same day that it came out or pretty close to it’s release date. I have always been an early adopter when it comes to new gadgets, and so when the very first iPhone was announced my mouth starting watering. And my wallet started crying. A year later the iPhone 3G was release and this time it was much more affordable and AT&T was ready to offer a path for the upgrade so I could get my fix of iCrack. And it’s continued for the 3Gs, 4, 4s, and 5. Heck I’ve owned 2 iPhone 5s. Each time I was able to justify the purchase with some new feature that was on the new phone that the current version didn’t have and that I needed. 3G, video recording, slimmer phone with dual cameras, LTE, new design and software features that were also restricted to only new versions. This year I felt no need for anything that was announced.
iPhone 5c is really only a more colorful version of the current iPhone 5. It was introduced as a mid range cell phone option to compete with other mid range phones from LG, Motorola, HTC, Nokia, etc… This was really more a power play to be able to get the people that they weren’t able to before. Now if a customer doesn’t have $200 or $300 to spend on the newest iPhone they can spend $100 to purchase the ‘newest’ iPhone 5c which is a painted version of the old phone.
iPhone 5s really only got a bit of a better camera and the new Touch ID that can read your finger print using the new home button. In theory the finger print sensor sounds like an awesome thing! You hear about people having their phone’s stolen and other people snooping through another person’s phone and getting embarrassing pictures, reading messages, or posting up things on behalf of the owner. However from the security side of it all it definitely sounds scary. Especially today with all of the things that have been going on with NSA surveillance and the government tapping into your phone calls, emails, and internet browsing. The last thing Apple really needed was to start capturing people’s fingerprints – one of the most uniquely identifying features of a person. At the moment there is very little that is known about this new feature. It was something that came completely from left field and from the various tech blogs that I follow it was definitely something that no one had captured as a rumor. But you bet that is one of the first things that hackers are going to start going after.All to disprove Apple’s claim that it is completely safe and separate from the software.
Even if you did take into consideration that I can now access my phone faster and much more securely you have to think about what that really means to me in my everyday life. How many times a day I look at my current phone and think ‘I really wish my phone could just unlock itself a lot easier’ or ‘I really don’t hope someone steals my phone and can get to my data’ – the answer is never. I’ve actually stopped caring about that because really if someone wanted to get my information and they wanted it badly enough they would find a way to get it with or without this extra layer of safeguard that I put in the way. If I really don’t want anyone to have my information I would have to stop filling out forms, delete all of my online accounts, stop telling people my full name, and then go live on a mountain.
In summary there was nothing really new announced when this phone came out. I don’t judge anyone who did purchase it because spends their money their own way and is satisfied by different things. But I can say that I was able to make an unnecessary purchase after I closely analyzed both what I would be gaining and losing (from my wallet specifically) if I made this purchase.
That being said this puts the score at Carlos: 1 Apple: 14