- 38% of tablets now belong to non-Apple manufacturers. Whoa. Those are huge inroads against Apple.
- 91% of tablet web traffic is coming from Apple. So where are the other tablets? Methinks there are some accounting shenanigans, or a lot of disappointed non-iPad owners who've given up.
- Nice point on the "time shifting" of gaming: able to play against your friends, but not necessarily in real time. For instance, a racing game where you can run your race, then hours later, your friend can race against your race as if it were live. Nice.
- Good points by the CNet crew: there was a slide on the battery life, but did not mention the impact of 4G on it. 4G is a notorious battery hog; sounds like Apple wasn't able to lick that one.
- Regarding that "Lightning" connector: Phil Schiller prefaces the intro with this comment: "Many things we do over the wire we now do wirelessly." Then why the hell isn't Apple able to push this with inductive charging?? Good move on the adaptor, though.
- No mention of the new "nano-SIM" card. True or no? Update: yes, it is. Just not mentioned.
- Interesting timings:
- iOS 6 update on the 19th
- iPhone 5 pre orders on the 14th
- New iPhones available on the 21st
- New iTunes: yes, that bloated, lumbering, clumsy beast now gets a facelift. Sigh.
- Love @MollyWood's response to the new Nano: "HOLY Bubble gum!"
- The team agrees: the Nokia 920 (Windows Phone) is definitely a better phone than the iPhone 5 on many fronts. Will this be a watershed moment for Windows Phone?
This version of the new iPhone offers very little that can be even generously classified as "revolutionary." The lack of NFC means that we will limp along with ancient payments; that could have shifted dramatically with the iPhone and Passbook. The fact that there was, quite literally, not a single detail of this phone that had not been leaked in advance is either a sign that Apple is no longer able to exert the level of control they were legendary for, or clever marketing against the new Android and Windows Phone news: keeping the conversation on iPhone 5 going.
In short, I'll be spending some time to compare, once again, the major apps I use on an every day basis to see if there is a critical mass of support on another platform before making my purchase decision. Yes, no longer a "must have," but a "might have."