With Yesterday’s announcement of iPhone 5, Apple finally revealed the most anticipated product of the year, or was it?? Not many were excited after when Apple revealed its specs. As a matter of fact, a number of tech business leaders are rather more interested in the release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch, with the addition of the Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8 smartphones. ZDNet.com contacted some business leaders in the tech world before Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement to get their opinion.While a few were more excited by the iPhone’s launch,a majority of them were not.
Scott Kerr, IT director at Scotmid said,
“The hardware itself is almost irrelevant with the OS, integration and security abilities being more important. To this extent the Nokia [Windows Phone 8] devices are more interesting. Apple will continue to upgrade their products on a regular basis and it is impossible for businesses to keep up with what Apple might be doing.”
Adam Gerrard, CTO at LateRooms Group, said,
“[The new iPhone is] not likely to be my next personal device. I’m waiting for the Windows 8 phones and the Windows Surface to arrive before I make my next personal technology investment decision. I currently use a BlackBerry for mobile [communications] and a 7″ Android 4.0 tablet which uses my BlackBerry as a wireless hotspot for connectivity. I need devices that improve my productivity and integrate into my business life rather than a stylish data reader (which has been my experience of Apple products to date) that looks trendy to be seen with when out of the office.”
From Apple’s point of view, the response of Shawn Beighle, CIO of The International Republican Institute, was more alarming as he said,
I currently have an iPhone 4, which I decided not to the upgrade to the 4S, simply because there wasn’t enough of a compelling reason to do so. I will upgrade to the iPhone 5 though, since my 4 is really at the end of its lifespan. I’m not overly excited about the upgrade mind you, it’s just time to do so.
If Microsoft is successful with Windows Mobile 8 and Surface though, I’ll most likely drop the iPhone altogether. That’s a big ‘if’ though.
That is a point of concern for Apple and goes on to show how many of tech biggies await the arrival of Windows 8 and Surface and with their release they are surely going to scalp a major chunk of Apple’s predictive share of the market.