Given the amount of negative press that has been generated since the announcement of the iPhone 5, calling it everything from boring to disappointing and even naming it the Apple Meh!phone, you might be forgiven for thinking nobody would want to buy it. You would be wrong. Very wrong indeed, in fact, if the pre-ordering process is anything to go by. It took the iPhone 4 and 4S around 20 hours to sell out after pre-orders went live on the Apple website. Yet the iPhone 5 'sold out' of launch day stock within the hour.
Both Apple.com and a number of wireless carrier sites reported problems due to the sheer amount of traffic after pre-orders went live, something that I don't recall happening when the iPhone 4S was made available. So has much of the media got it wrong, and Apple got it right again? Is this pre-order activity a taster of what's to come, and will the iPhone 5 actually outsell the 4 and 4S?
I'm an 'i' user myself, with both and iPad 2 and iPhone 4S in daily use, and can understand some of the negative press that the iPhone 5 received. File it under 'shame that Apple isn't innovating more' I guess. Not that I am knocking Apple for the iPhone 5 which, to be fair, does have some interesting new features such as the bigger screen, the thinner aluminium and crystal glass look, the 4G support, the new maps etc. But there was no Siri-like wow factor innovation on display here, it was certainly more evolution than revolution for the iPhone 5 - and that's no bad thing, unless you are thinking about upgrading your handset.
There is nothing compelling enough, feature wise, to make someone like me who has had an iPhone through all the iterations and is currently using an iPhone 4S upgrade to the iPhone 5. Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Nokia Lumia 920 would have more of a 'hardware/software wow' factor when upgrading my handset were it not for the sheer investment I have made (both in terms of money and use) in Apple apps. Then there's the investment in cases, in accessories, that the new longer thinner iPhone 5 with the smaller lightning point connector impacts upon. Sure, I appreciate that the case thing is always an issue, and that an adaptor will be available for the connector, but I like the case I have already and I have had bad experiences with adaptors that don't adapt quite enough to make everything work as you expect, especially in terms of aesthetics!
The truth of the matter is that Apple has hit that point where the iPhone has got about as good as it will get, unless Apple proves me wrong and produces something out of leftfield for the iPhone 6 that is. My iPhone 4S does everything I need, and does it very well indeed; there is absolutely no reason for me to upgrade to a 5. However, as those pre-order statistics show, that doesn't mean that the iPhone 5 is a failure, far from it. Anyone with an iPhone 3/3G will be hard-pressed not to be impressed with the 5. Anyone thinking about entering the iPhone market will not be put off by the changes (or lack of them) that the 5 brings. Will the iPhone 5 outsell the 4 and 4S? That really wouldn't surprise me one bit and here's why: at the end of the day, all those commentators asking 'where was the killer feature?' when the iPhone 5 was unveiled, and claiming it to have failed, are missing the point which is so obvious to all fan boys and non-haters out there: the iPhone is the killer feature, simple as...