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Techies are spoiled easily, as we can see from some reactions to the new iPhone 5. You know the ones: “It's not innovation, it's iteration.” Or, “Why can't Apple come up with something new?”
In normal-person (not techie) years, the iPhone hasn’t even reached school age. It first appeared in 2007, only five years ago. Perhaps Steve Jobs couldn't put all the magic he wanted in the first iPhone, but still it shook the market worldwide. Now its sibling, the iPhone 5, has sold more in its first weekend than any phone in history.
Just look at how the iPhone 5 has ratcheted up the tech goodies: The screen has gone from 3.5 inches to 4, giving it 1136x640 pixels in the now ubiquitous 16x9 display format — the same as movies and HDTV.
It also has twice the CPU (with an A6 chip that uses less power), an 8¬-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video (until a few years ago, available only on mucho expensive professional photo equipment), and faster wireless with LTE (we know, Android fans, you had it first).
Another way to look at the iPhone 5 — and Android phones and Windows phones — is this: They are no longer phones that do some extra things. In many ways, they are more like personal digital assistants, or PDAs (remember those?) that also make phone calls. This is exactly why AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has predicted that service providers will move to data-only plans for cellphones within the next two years — with calls and texts treated as data.
It may be time to start referring to modern mobile phones such as the iPhone 5 as personal computing devices, rather than phones. Just look at a few of the things the iPhone 5 can do (most of which will be matched in short order by Android and Windows phones):
If the iPhone 5 is just a boring iteration, give me more, please.