Today Apple announced the long-awaited successor(s) to the iPhone 5 with the 5S and 5C models. If you’ve been a follower of my work for any length of time, you know that normally this would be a day of joy for me. As a self-professed Apple Fanboy, I have purchased my fair share of iPhones over the past 5 years, and each one has been a little less cool than the one before it. I remember the original iPhone announcement in 2007. The buzz around that thing was enormous. I, like many of the sheep, couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. Even for the 3G and 3Gs models, I waited in line for hours just to be one of the first ones to hold that awesome device in my hands. However, as the releases kept coming, I kept noticing something. A trend was emerging that (sadly) has crept into every facet of Apple’s business. They were abandoning their core demographic and going after a new one. Therefore, I’m leaving iOS for Android.
When the iPhone first came out, it was a lot like a Mac back in the 80s and 90s. You were somebody if you had an iPhone. You were cool and trendy, while at the same time thumbing your nose at the business world who were clinging ever so desperately to their Blackberries and Treos. Nowadays, everyone has an iPhone, and I do mean EVERYONE. Apple knows this too, and so they’ve stopped trying to change the world and are seemingly happy to appease it. Adding family-friendly features like colors and camera specs doesn’t exactly appeal to the geeks that used to fawn all over your products, now does it? Nope.
So, Apple if this is the best you’ve got, I’m out. Let it be known that from this day forward I will no longer stand firm in the camp of iOS. Yes, it’s going to cost me a bunch of money to early upgrade my phone and repurchase all of my apps, but I don’t care. Android, here I come. Can Apple win me back? Well, from a phone perspective, I doubt it… but it’s not like I’m giving up my MacBook Pro or iPad anytime soon.