Originally Posted by steelbom
I'm not saying it isn't a factor, but I do believe there is more to it. Uneducated consumers confuse even simple things. However, let's just agree to disagree. It doesn't really matter either way.
How is it a flop? It's better in every area on the inside.
To Apple's average consumer base, the performance numbers on paper are not all that important. How it performs is the primary issue. Most people I have talked to with a iPhone 3's and 4's think their phone works just fine. It's really hard to make someone upgrade unless they
feel like the upgrade is warranted.
Another difficult point, is that most people with iPhone 4's don't have a contract update coming. If it were a completely new phone, people would probably be willing to splurge for the excitement of a new design.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 4S was kind of a let-down. Everyone was expecting a 5, and a lot of people are simply going to wait for the 5. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the 4S was their poorest selling model of the iPhone in recent history.
/*EDIT: Keep in mind this is my opinion. I know the 4S has very good pre-sales already, but I don't find that pre-sales are a definite indication of overall sales.*/
...Enter Siri, I think that is really the 4S's saving grace here. This kind of technology has been illustrated in movies and games, but always in the distant future (ie. EDI from Mass Effect 2). Siri is an awesome step in the right direction for user-technology interaction.
If the 4S ends up doing well enough, I give 75% of the credit to the Siri software.Edited by SectorNine50 - 10/11/11 at 9:38pm