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What are people commenting about the new iPhone?

originalSo I’m reading Gizmodo to catch up on the iPhone event, because frankly, I haven’t been able to gather a lot of enthusiasm today.  Aside from all the leaks we’ve had the last month that pretty much told us everything we’d hear today, today’s my best friend’s (from, like, 6th grade) first birthday after her sudden death in July, so I’m kind of “blah whatever” today.

Back to the subject, though.  I’m reading through the Giz articles, and what’s the one comment that multiple people make that catches my eye?

“It looks like the {Nokia} Lumia. I smell lawsuit!” 

Lo, how the mighty have fallen!

Then I look at the pictures of the new iPhone, the new Touch, and the new iPhone-and-Touch-form-factor Nano.  You know, they really DO look like the Lumias, don’t they?  And the iPhone, Touch, Nano, and Shuffle (remember that one? Yeah, we hardly talk about that little thing, don’t we?) all are looking the same now.  So much for design innovation.

And the Touch’s lanyard-thing.  A wrist-strap?  Yeah, we all know how those turn out; just ask Sony (when Wii became “Wheee!” SMASH!).

Apple does do one thing right, though: no waiting around once the announcement is made: pre-orders start on the 14th, with delivery on the 21st.  The iPhone 5 will have 16Gb, 32Gb, and 64Gb flavors, and will price (on contract) at $200, $300, and $400 respectively.  Again, no surprise there.  The 4S will drop to $100, and the 4 will be free.  That’s actually a pretty good move: it might hook some people in the lower-price point brackets.  They’ll show up on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.  Sorry, T-Mo subscribers, you’re shafted again.

Oh, you’re looking for NFC?  Fuggetaboudit.  Apple’s Passbook will use QR codes.  Yeah, QR codes.  So you have to get the camera just right – the angle, the lighting, the focus, GAH.  Apple’s attitude is, oh we’ll wait and see and wait for infrastructure.  Hey, Cupertino: it’s not like you can’t BUILD IT YOURSELF with your BILLIONS of dollars.

Hmmm. Now that I’m writing, I’ve gotten a bit hot under the collar, huh? 

Ah yes, I forgot about the Lightning adapter: that dongle you’re going to need to connect your iPhone5 with your current accessories.  The regular adapter will cost you $29 and won’t be available for another month.  And if you want a flexible, corded one, add another $10, costing you $39. 

So that’s what I’ve caught up on.  I’ll be interested to see what my non-tech friends think on Facebook. And maybe I’ll go read a little Harry Potter, because it was my friend that introduced me to them.  That’s a fitting tribute, I think.  Maybe I’ll go read it on my Kindle Fire, just be spite the fruit.