Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) is under fire from all sides after yesterday's iPhone 5C and 5S reveal. Enterprises are unhappy, consumers are disappointed: The platform is still too closed and even the "cheap" device is too expensive. No wonder the stock took a pounding yesterday.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers look elsewhere for mobile leadership (and not just to Android).
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
Martyn Williams goes hands-on (briefly):
One of the big new features on the iPhone 5S is the [Touch ID] fingerprint sensor. It's embedded into the home button. ... [It] should make it faster and easier to get into your home screen while keeping it secure.
The new flagship of the iPhone range comes with...performance enhancements, according to Apple [and] longer battery life. ...difficult to test in the limited time I had. MORE
But surely Touch ID is good for the enterprise, right? Antone Gonsalves says "No":
Many businesses would welcome a reliable fingerprint scanner. ... Unfortunately, Apple is likely to disappoint. [It] was silent on whether the scanner could be used for third-party software. ... Apple's track record with companies is not encouraging.
Apple is providing a bunch of enterprise-pleasing security features in iOS 7. ... But the scanner remains off limits, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. MORE
Even Jonny Evans isn't pleased with the 5C schtick:
$100 cheaper with a contract...doesn't deliver on the expectation. ... Just look at the cost of the unlocked models. ... I don’t think this will be enough to worry Android device makers playing in the upper mid-range of the market. ...now users have a..."Choice". Wonderful. Except -- users already have a choice: Apple, or [Android].
Has Apple crawled up its own navel? [Its] classic sales pattern...has seen Apple lose momentum in comparison to the Android massive. ... That's bad news.
The iPhone 5C becomes the brand for "choice", while the iPhone 5S remains the brand for innovation. ... This would have been a great idea. Last year. MORE
G'day, Paleoflatus do you think it's a dag?
Apple used to be innovative, but, like most ageing corporations, they're now playing catch-up. ... 5S is almost as good as an HTC One, or a waterproof S4, apart from its dated look and its small screen.
A fool and his money are soon parted - and there's no shortage of those. MORE
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols says the true smartphone giant is Microsoft (yes, you read that right):
Oh please, get over yourself. ... Apple will never, ever get to the top of the smartphone heap again.
Microsoft is number one with a bullet...because it profits from Android-related patents. ... Life can be very profitable for a patent troll. ... Earlier this year, the estimate was that Microsoft would make $3.4 billion from Android. ... Thanks to its recently acquired Nokia design patents, Microsoft can also be expected to hit up smartphone vendors for more. MORE
Unsurprisingly Preston Gralla agrees:
Its technologies power a majority of smartphones today and it's reaping billions of dollars annually from it. ... Companies that make other Android-based devices do as well, such as Nikon.
How much money is involved? Just for smartphones, plenty. ... By 2017, if you use IDC's numbers for expected shipments of Android phones, [it] will grow to $5.5 billion. ... Other estimates say that Microsoft could get...$8.8 billion by 2017. MORE
Meanwhile, "God" has, errr... a book to sell:
Already got My new iPhone 5s. Got it from Steve Jobs himself.