NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Over the weekend, my colleague, TheStreet's Jason Notte, broad-brushed Apple's (AAPL) iPhone as a ho-hum, everyday device every bit as routine, mundane and exciting as "a Kitchen Aid mixer" or "Vitamix blender." Useful, but no longer revolutionary, Notte contends the thrill is gone as investors and Apple fans await iPhone 6.
As I wrote way back in March 2013, Apple's iPhone Does Not Need to Be Revolutionary. On the eve of iPhone 6, that statement is more relevant than ever. As is the key takeaway from the article:
... a series of evolutions ... at some point in the life cycle ... add up to a revolution or two.
That's a key point folks such as Notte miss. However, his "miss" shouldn't trigger overreaction from Apple fans.
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I use an iPhone 5 in my everyday life. In late September -- when my contract with Verizon (VZ) expires -- I will upgrade to iPhone 6 like millions of other folks who will combine to open the floodgates on Android's low-hanging marketshare. Just recently -- for reasons I cannot yet to disclose -- I was issued an iPhone 4s. After using it alongside my iPhone 5 for a few weeks, I have an entirely new and fresh appreciation for the evolutionary versus revolutionary dichotomy.
Relative to iPhone 5, the 4s is slow and heavy. Even clunky. It simply doesn't sit (or fit) in my hand quite the same way as the redesigned 5. The battery stinks. The phone gets hot really fast when I run an app that utilizes GPS. For as great as this phone (and its predecessor) was when it came out, it feels inferior to iPhone 5. Because I skipped the 5s -- like lots of people on the same upgrade cycle -- I bet it's safe to say I'll have similar thoughts when I transition from iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.