iPhone 4s is out… Looks like shareholders and consumers will have to wait for iPhone 5.

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The consumers along with shareholders of apple have been waiting for the iPhone 5. Unfortunately it just isn’t here yet. Despite the fact that apple has had 16 months to prepare their new phone rather than creating what Job’s would call another revolution Apple has manifested a small scale evolution of an existing product. It seems Apple is attempting to replicate the marketing success of iPhone 3G and iPhone 3Gs.

The new iPhone 4 S  which was announced today includes the following evolutionary hardware modifications: A5, the same 1GHz dual core processor as the one in iPad 2 and an 8mp HD 1080p Camera. The prominent software modifications include a new iOS 5 and Siri.  Siri is basically an artificially intelligent life assistant. You can actually ask Siri aloud if you should take an umbrella with you today, where the closest ATm is and verbally command your iPhone 4 S to send messages and make phone calls. The iOS 5 does not seem to have any outstandingly new features.

What else is new? That’s about it. Not surprisingly shareholders were not impressed since the whole world was primed for iPhone 5. Most OEMs including Sony, Nokia, Samsung and Motorolla have already equipped their phones with 8 to 12mp cameras, dual processors and powerful displays prior to the release of this new iPhone. How will this effect Apple’s reputation? Will this be Apple’s first in a while marketing “slip”? Let me know what you think.

RIM Shakes Rumors off about the Discontinuation of PlayBook.

When our professor asked the 120 students in our COM 101 class how many kids own a PlayBook  I did not see a single student put up his or her hand. On Thursday of September 29, 2011 Marisa Conway- a RIM spokesman has stated “RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market and the future of QNX in its platform”.This announcement was initiated by a report of a Collins Stewart analyst named John Vihn who declared that RIM may have stopped the production of PlayBook and the development of additional tablet projects. One of the reasons for this assumption has been that Quanta Computers, a contract manufacturer has laid off a large number of employees in a factory focused on the production of PlayBook. RIM has shipped 500,000 PlayBooks in the last six weeks of its fiscal first quarter and an additional 200,000 in its full second quarter. The announcement of Marisa Conway seems to have been made out RIMs attempt to prevent further loss of confidence of its shareholders. RIM stocks have fallen by 60% since last year and continue to follow a downward trend. The hype created by the prior to the release of the PlayBook has dramatically increased the value of RIMs stock. Currently PlayBooks sales are plummeting and the retailors stocked on PlayBook are lower their prices to get rid of the low demanded product.

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