Delayed iPhone 5 release testing loyalty, Android gains

By Peter Chubb - Jun 9, 2011

Now that we know for certain that there will be no iPhone 5 in June, we will now see if this delay will start to test Apple loyalty. There is also a worry that the delayed device could be Android’s gain, as consumers want a smartphone that offers the latest in technology – something that Apple is unable to offer at the moment.

Ok, so we know that iOS 5 will go a long way in making iPhone users happy, but having it on a handset that is over a year old is a little stupid. Apple now believes that they have a mobile OS that will be able to fire a warning shot across its rivals – but they are all laughing. The reason why is due to the fact that these Android devices have some of the most up-to-date hardware, with a dual-core processor being one of the most important.

IBT points out that it is the iPhone that helps to drive Apple sales, and with no mention of a new one coming we have to wonder how much damage it will start to do. Apple has grown from strength to strength over the years, and it has been a new iPhone in June that has helped to bolster sales. However, they do not have that so far this year; so this could be a testing time for the company.

One would have expected Steve Jobs to make some sort of announcement a few days back, even to say that it is coming but will be delayed by a couple of months. It is this uncertainty that will now test how loyal iPhone users are, as Android certainly has much more to offer at the moment.

Is the delay of the iPhone 5 now testing your loyalty?

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  • Anonymous

    I personalky think that this impacts 3GS and 3G owners who are waiting for the next Apple phone.

    If you think about it, there are these monstrous Android phones out there which are a lot better in terms of hardware. But I don’t think that one to one comparison is applicable in full extent. First is that if a consumer chooses to stay in the Apple ecosystem, the question to ask is is there really a need for say a dual core phone? Presently apps and games are created such that all of them runs smoothly on Apple’s latest model. So when a new phone comes, there will be some time before apps and games in the iOS ecosystem to fully use its capabilities.

    In my opinion, the capabilities of a device is no longer measured by its specs alone, but also the ecosystem around it.