"This trend of over-hyped yet disappointingly-bland products being released each year by Apple appears to have contributed to a level of discontent that is bubbling just under the surface in the minds of many Apple fans," IBT somberly notes.
For Arcadia310, the cup of discontent has runneth over.
"I've been using the iPhone 4S as my daily driver since launch day and it's been a good experience!" he says. "Battery life is superb, the screen is gorgeous, and the OS is really fluid."
One braces for the but-however.
"However, during this past week things have started to get dull," he reveals. "I feel that overall iOS lacks creativity. It's just pages of colorful icons on a small screen. Sure, when it first came out in 2007 it was revolutionary, but it's been 4 years and it looks almost exactly the same!"
It is pretty outrageous, let's be honest. And you don't have to use it for four years to get bored. Arcadia has been using it on his new iPhone 4S for just six months.
"Apple is one of my favorite companies but I truly feel that they are resting on their laurels, just like RIM and other companies have before they went down hill," he says, ominously. By contrast, those successful tech pioneers like Samsung and Motorola "are upgrading their technology dramatically each year."
But Apple? "They released the exact same phone [the 4S] with a dual core processor, improved cameras, Siri, and called it a wrap," he says. "I personally know a lot of long time iPhone users who are now checking out Android and other OS's because their iPhone just feels boring to them."
"If Apple doesn't bring the heat with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, I truly believe the company will be headed down hill," predicts Arcadia310. "Google is innovating at an alarming rate and Ice Cream Sandwich opens up an entirely new gateway of possibilities. NFC is going to take off in these next 2 years and Apple has no answer for it. These are just the honest opinions from a tech fanatic."
But for International Business Times, these are far, far more than that: They're a bona fide Trend. And IBT can prove it, because another poster on the same thread agreed with Arcadia310.
"Apple has exceptional skills in many areas," comments vitzr. "One of which is milking a model for all it's worth before adding features that are already present in the competition. They know exactly how much their customers will let them get away with."
Which is, apparently, a whole lot.
"An example is how the first iPhone was shipped as an EDGE device when every other smartphone at that time had 3G," vitzr writes.
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