I don’t really have that much of an opinion of iPhones because I don’t use them, or any smartphone for that matter. I don’t really care about smart phones either, since i am a bit of simplistic person who prefers my phone to make phone calls and not do everything that could be done with a computer on a smallers scale. So everything I am saying from this point onward is an outsider looking at the situation and is not sure what is going to happen in the industry. And I am also talking as a person who doesn’t care about smartphones to begin with, so please understand that with my new opinion.
The fact is that one of the benefits of a smartphone is to have the power of a computer on the go, a portable device that would be able to do the work of a computer and a phone, for convenience. But the fact is that these smartphones either are too large to be reliably portable or have a screen size that is far to small for most functions of a computer. So will the iPhone trying to emulate these larger phones help them… maybe. The portability of an iPhone is something that people probably like over the bulkier phones. But the bulkier phones puts far less stain on your eyes and also allows for more precise actions on a phone. I don’t know how this effects me or the people working in new media, since the idea of smartphones isn’t relevant to a person working in animation since the only relevance of a new iPhone is that it doesn’t support flash or any other Adobe products.
But the question of the iPhone matching the offerings of their competitors I can answer as a no not because Apple can’t, but because they won’t. Apple doesn’t want to target the minority but the majority, and therefore designs their products to be useful to the majority. So they don’t have the mindset to offer phones that have a large range of sizes when only two or three sizes could cover most people. Meanwhile other companies have a much more flexible strategy, and could work towards the minority.
And that is what I think about this topic. I really can’t give any answers or ideas, just speculation from an outsider.