Apple iPhone fizzles

As mad as a nest full of loony Scientologists, Apple fan bois gather each September to stand and cheer and yell because Apple releases an updated version of the iPhone. Once revolutionary, the iPhone has struggled recently against Google’s free Android operating system. Korean conglomerate, Samsung, using Android,  has swept the floor with Apple in the past couple of years and the old leaders, Nokia and Blackberry have withered.

In fairness to Apple, its iPhone almost killed Nokia and Blackberry but that was 7-years ago. Nothing stands still though and that’s a long time to live on memories of past glory.

You will hear youngsters (and a few older people who should know better) go mad over the fact that an iPhone has this or that or something else and how great it is. “Thinner than the last iPhone” is a claim that has sent them into a frenzy.

The tide has turned though judging by sales and according to my observation this morning as the New York Times’ blow-by-blow account of the Scientology Apple rally in the US. Over a period of 3-hours, the article attracted 35 comments and not one (NOT ONE) commented favourably on the new 5S and 5C  iPhone models. Every contributor panned the new 5S iPhone as an overpriced phone that is lagging and which has lost its zing.

This is where the fan bois usually jump in with defensive comments to bestow sainthood on Steve Jobs and declare a religious war upon the heretics. But in 3-hours: none, not one jumped to the iPhone’s defence. That’s unusual in the extreme if the pattern that developed over the past seven-years is any guide.

Could Steve Jobs’ diseased pancreas have killed Apple’s gloss as well as Steve himself?

I am starting to wonder.

And another thing: Apple used to keep its advances secret until the revivalist meetings in September. Tech journalists, like the old Kremlin watchers, had to analyse every nuance and eyebrow position of Jobs to try to read the tech tea leaves to gain some factoids for a scoop. This time, Apple leaked like a colander because I had already read, weeks ago about the cheaper version (cheaper, that is, in Apple parlance)  and a fingerprint reader and a gold colour for the Chinese market.

I suppose the fingerprint reader at least will make it a simple task for the US National Security Agency to compile a national database of iPhone users’ fingerprints, if nothing else, after it cracks the phone.

Disclosure: I detest the cult of Apple. My wife, son, son-in-law and daughter use iPhones. I am thankful that they are users though and not addicts.  I use a Samsung Note and am eyeing up a Windows Phone as my next toy.