Articles like this make me skeptical: IPhone 5 Sales Could Offer Big Boost to GDP.
I look at a 30-second Apple promotional video of the iPhone 5 and what I really see is the killer feature is the “virtual keyboard” around 10 seconds in the video clip:
One of my largest complaints about cell phones and other digital tablets without keyboards is that content creation on them truly is a pain in the rear. While sending text messages is fine due to the brevity of them, I would not want to be typing in something as complicated as this post, for example. In fact, when I use a friend’s iPhone 4, I find the keyboard on it to still be a pain in the ass compared to my own flip-out phone with the keypad. I guess I just like the tactile feel of the keyboard. I’m not sure how this virtual keyboard concept will work in terms of speed and accuracy, but if they get it “right” then I can see the feature being useful for people like me that need a keyboard.
However, this is not Apple’s target market – will they capture people non-iPhone users like myself, and will they be able to give a technological incentive for people to upgrade from their older iPhones? We will see.