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iPhone 4S: Worth the Upgrade?

Well, there is always next year for the iPhone 5, right?  Right.  Despite the rumor mill churning up some juicy stuff — some believable, some not so much about an iPhone 5, larger screen, and even Sprint exclusivity the iPhone launch has come and gone and what were we left with this year?  An iPhone 4S.  The release of the iPhone 4S has left some with a bittersweet taste in their mouth, while others are still in disbelief over the release.  Many consumers and investors (including myself) were expecting a newly designed shell and a larger screen to be included with the new iPhone, but instead, both were missing from the release.  Leading me to the question — were our expectations too high?

Apple has been on a roll recently, soaring stock price, sales through the roof, and awesome brand equity.  It is everybody’s favorite consumer products company.  If there’s one thing Apple does well it is selling its products.  It does this so well because Apple knows how to market to everyone, but it is also because the company is so meticulous in its approach to everything.  Everything has to be perfectly crafted and executed.  There are no half-baked releases at Apple.

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Sprint to Be Exclusive iPhone 5 Carrier? I Don’t Think So.

BGR reports that Sprint may have secured exclusivity of the iPhone 5 leaving AT&T and Verizon with the watered down iPhone 4S.  Is this true?  I find it hard to believe.  According to the article, Sprint would be committed to purchasing 30.5 million iPhone’s over four years for $20 billion regardless of whether how well they sell.  That would lead to a nice chunk of short term cash for Apple, but in my opinion would have detrimental long term effects.

Additionally, the article goes on to say the Sprint iPhone 5 will be a 4G WiMAX device.  Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon would launch the iPhone 4S and get the iPhone 5 some time in the first quarter of next year as an LTE device.  The rest of the world would be looking at the iPhone 5 as a 4G HSPA+ device.

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iPhone Developers Get Their Hands on Non-Released Handsets

Irish novelist James Joyce once said that “a man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”  While you can take what you will from that statement, many perceive it as meaning that mistakes and blunders are what give us the knowledge to better pursue the future.  And while the company is highly successful one would be ignorant not to realize that Apple has made a fair amount of mistakes over the last couple of years.  Perhaps one of the largest and most widely known of these mistakes was an incident that took place about this time last year when Apple made the misjudgment of allowing a number of select employees to actively use prototype versions of the yet to be released forth-generation iPhone.  One of these employees, the now infamous Gray Powell, overlooked the then highly secretive device and ultimately ended up misplacing it in a Bay Area bar.

After making its way through the news the story was quickly forgotten by many, and based upon Apple’s tremendous sales of the device later that year we can only infer that their overall business didn’t considerably suffer from the occurrence.  But now as we edge closer to iPhone season last years events have gained a whole new level of importance, raising questions as to what Apple would do this time around.  After all, the company is in a very touch situation.  You see, Apple still needs to have their hardware tested and evaluated by developers and engineers.  But taking into consideration the near blow that the company was dealt last year, it’s probably safe to say that we all expected to see stronger restrictions imposed by Apple for this year’s iPhone prototype.

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