I remember my first iPhone, the iPhone 3. I was actually giddy with excitement that first week when I used the map app the first time. I got lost in St. Louis. The map app showed me where I was and where I needed to go. I was in geek heaven. The iPhone had really changed the way I used my phone. It was magical.
I was happy to upgrade to an iPhone 4 two years later. It offered much additional functionality. The games got better. The phone reception got a little worse, but hey, I rocked at Fieldrunners. Who wants to make phone calls anyway! (I am exaggerating here, I did notice slightly less reception, but nothing to rant about.)
As my two year contract is up, now is the time for me to get the new, thin, and awesome iPhone 5! Meh. There is actually no reason to get one apart from vanity or style. My iPhone 4 is more than adequate. Yes, it is not 8mm thin, or whatever Madison Avenue hype is for this year. I do not care.
Apple stock is falling on rumors that iPhone production is dropping. I doubt it, but you never know. My guess, based on way too many web pages and too many podcasts on all things Mac, is that instead they are gearing up for a 4.85" iPhone that they will announce in late March. The reason I think they will produce a larger screen iPhone is that they ridiculed the larger screen in the last two keynotes.
Even a larger screen iPhone will not get me to buy one. In fact, I am seriously considering selling my iPhone and buying cheap phones for everyone on my plan. The $70 a month I would save would buy a lot of enchiladas.
Apple has always been willing to make great products even if they cannibalized sales of other products. The iPhone reduced sales of the iPod for example. The product that has made the iPhone obsolete for me is the subject of tomorrow's blog post, the iPad.