The best part of Yarow's post is a reference and link to a recent article by Horace Dediu, founder of Asymco, who makes a case that Apple may be speeding up its product release cycle. Dediu picks up on a provocative recent comment by former Apple CEO John Sculley, who thinks that Apple is moving to a six-month, instead of 12-month, cycle for releasing products. In his post, Dediu weighs what he readily admits is currently just circumstantial evidence to support that claim.
One intriguing change Dediu notes is Apple's contract manufacturer, Hon Hai, shifting production facilities closer to sources of labor on mainland China. "Until this shift, Hon Hai's production has depended on migrant labor which is difficult to manage," Dediu writes.
"Moving production so that the labor is local means a steadier workforce with better economies from learning curves. However it also requires a more stable order book," he writes. "Production for Apple has tended to be 'bursty' with breakneck round-the-clock crush followed by periods of idle time and re-tooling. This is not only inefficient but it also creates strain and stress and lowers morale." A shift to twice-a-year product releases would create that needed stability in orders.
iPhone 6 ought to be iPhone 6, not iPhone 5S
Xavier Lanier, publisher of GottaBeMobile.com, didn't respond well to Misek's predictions of an iPhone 5S being available next June.
Not well at all.
"The latest Apple rumors suggest the company will launch the iPhone 5S in June, but iPhone users deserve more than a minor hardware update or two," he complained in a post.
"Apple should introduce an entirely new device, rather than morphing the iPhone 5 into the iPhone 5S," he declared. "Would it kill Apple to go the extra mile and skip right to the iPhone 6 when it introduces iOS 7 next summer?"
Such rhetorical questions -- "a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked in order to make a point and without the expectation of a reply," as Wikipedia puts it -- are commonly used in the iOSphere as substitutes for more demanding skills ... like analysis.
The original iPhone "didn't just stand out from the competition, it didn't have any competition" because, among other things, "Android phones weren't even available back then and normal people carried dumb phones." An uncharitable person might suspect that Lanier really wanted to write "dumb people carried normal phones" but decided against it.