iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Dec. 14

But instead of giving us originality, not to mention magical and insanely great phones, we've been getting these "S" things ever since the iPhone 3GS, "a relatively minor upgrade" with "some nice new features ... but many iPhone 3G users didn't see a reason to upgrade." That could have been because many of them were still in two-year carrier contracts, but that's a quibble.

"The iPhone 3GS was the first 'tock' in what would become Apple's tick-tock release schedule," Lanier fulminated. He doesn't mean "tick-tock" as praise.

"Apple finally introduced the iPhone 5 a full 27 months after the iPhone 4," he rants. Because the iPhone 4S, which has been by far the biggest-selling phone in the company's brief smartphone history, doesn't count, being just a tock.

"The ridiculously long wait between design refreshes may have flown in years past, but Apple's going to have to do more to keep people from switching to alternatives in 2013," Lanier continued. "As much as some of us love our iPhones, smartphone users need to look to Android and Windows Phone devices for the latest and greatest hardware features. Features like Near Field Communication (NFC), humongous batteries, big displays and haptic feedback are all missing on the iPhone 5."

If only these great hardware features were present, Apple clearly could sell way, way more than the 120 million iPhone 5 units projected by, among others, Peter Misek in the product's first six months of availability.

"Apple needs to go back to the drawing board and announce the iPhone 6 at WWDC 2013," Lanier concludes.

John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World. Twitter: @johnwcoxnww Email: john_cox@nww.com

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