Time for a patented Saturday rant. I’m going to spend the next few paragraphs rambling on about my least favourite subject, which is either ironic or just incredibly stupid.
I can’t wait for the iPhone 5 – or iPhone 4S or whatever it’ll be called – to be unveiled officially. And not because I’m particularly excited about it; quite the opposite.
Writing for a mobile phone website means I’m subjected to iPhone 5-ness on two fronts. First, we’re duty bound to report the latest rumours, as much as we might roll our eyes, and as much as said rumours are all much of a muchness at the moment.
There’s a very vocal minority who are sick of hearing about the suspected September release, or the fact that the next iPhone “won’t be significantly different”. But our iPhone 5 articles often rank among our most read. The silent majority can’t get enough of it.
Second, people seem to think that writing for a mobile website means I’m somehow privy to exclusive information. If I had a buck for every time someone asked: “When is the iPhone 5 coming out?” or: “What is the next iPhone going to be like?” I’d have, er, lots of bucks.
Those questions frequently appear on our discussion boards too. You know what? No one knows (cue: Queens of the Stone Age).
On one hand, you really have to hand it to Apple. Android might be eating a huge slice of smartphone pie, but it’s worth remembering that there are scores of Android handsets and just one iPhone.
No other single phone generates quite as much hype as the iPhone. In fact, the only device that comes close is the iPad. Presumably the iPad 3 rumours will go into overdrive once the iPhone 5 becomes official. Sigh.
I blame Apple. If they were just a little more open about things, we wouldn’t have all these stupid rumours. Would it really be so terrible if they gave us something to go on? A name, a few specs, a vague release date… something. Damn your secretive ways.
Ah well. Here’s to another three months of rumours and blurry shots of components leaked from the east. I hate you sometimes, Apple.