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Has the iPhone lost its "wow" factor, and if so, is it something for Apple (AAPL +1.2%) to be...

Has the iPhone lost its "wow" factor, and if so, is it something for Apple (AAPL +1.2%) to be truly worried about? A day after the iPhone 5 launch, the press is alight with commentary declaring the device a good upgrade, but nothing more. Some think the effectiveness of the Apple rumor mill might be to blame. Either way, the big question is how much a lack of excitement will affect sales when Apple can still claim an edge in customer loyalty and apps, and can tout hardware features that often match or exceed those of rivals.
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  • pirota
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    Well Samsung Galaxy SIII certainly had "wow" factor ... so did Nokia Lumia 920 ...
    13 Sep 2012, 10:00 AM Reply Like
  • citizenleung
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    You must be easily wowed.
    13 Sep 2012, 11:05 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    the world is easily wow'd how else can you explain that we have fads that come and go in a single season.
    14 Sep 2012, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    Apple will do fine, and they will sell a ton of iPhone 5's over the next year no doubts there.

     

    However as time goes on competition is fierce and that in combination with the economy we may see the field even out some. Non Apple devotees will look at other phones with the "half the price" price tag and consider it. The fact is there are to many people on this planet who want a smart phone and can't afford the apple brand name. And at this point that's all your really buying into the Apple ecosystem and name.

     

    At least now that it has caught up on some basic techs that androids have had for literally years, perhaps there next phone will have something truly innovative.
    13 Sep 2012, 10:04 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    In contract, AAPL phone prices are pretty much on par with other offerings ($199 with a 2-year contract).

     

    I think where the IPhone will lose it is on features. Think about what the SIII brought to the table. Many of those features weren't announced on the IPhone 5. I also like the fact that whether I own a samsung or an HTC phone, my charging cables won't be useless, and can be used with my android-based tablets. I am sure apple pissed off a few people with their new port/cable requirement.
    13 Sep 2012, 11:20 AM Reply Like
  • J 457
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    I just bought two smart phones last week. Neither are Apple. Don't like AAPL products. Can't see anything that spectacular with the IPhone5 worth any hype. Check out the NOK model and HTC and Samsung- comparable features and much better price, all without having to use AAPLs operating web. I have an Ipad that was received as a gift. Hate it. The Itune store crashes my computer every time I visit and they always want to make changes to my hard drive.
    13 Sep 2012, 10:33 AM Reply Like
  • chabig
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    I hate (insert non-Apple product name here). It crashes my (insert computer name here) every time I use it.
    13 Sep 2012, 02:20 PM Reply Like
  • Luke Skywooker
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    my wife is upgrading to iPhone 5 tomorrow. But that is only one phone. Same price as the 4S was on Tuesday. Incremental upgrade is fine.
    13 Sep 2012, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    I don't think they will be out tomorrow... unless you are from the future; in which case can you please post the Powerball numbers for this weeks drawings?
    13 Sep 2012, 04:36 PM Reply Like
  • stubbie6
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    pre-orders for iphone5 start for Sprint on 11/14 12:01 AM, ie. 4 hours from now.
    13 Sep 2012, 08:12 PM Reply Like
  • eagle1003
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    The iphone fad is starting to get old and we all know what happens when a fad falls out of favor. If I had Apple stock, it would be my first priority to sell.
    13 Sep 2012, 10:03 PM Reply Like
  • Jim-Houston
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    The iPhone 4S I got last summer sure beats the heck out of the Droid I was replacing. Everything on the iPhone just works like it should and it is intuitive and simple to operate. Hands down a winner.

     

    I don't think the new charging cord is a deal-breaker for current or new users. new users wouldn't care. Current users would need new cords if they switched to Samsung or some other brand. For $29 Apple sells an adapter that will convert your old cords, and other suppliers (Logitech, etc.,) will surely have adapters for sale soon that cost even less.
    14 Sep 2012, 08:59 AM Reply Like
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