The great iPhone 5 debate rages, what do you think?
13th Sep 2012 | 08:27
Is Apple doing enough? Or is it fighting a losing battle?
The iPhone 5 has arrived and kicked off one of the biggest debates yet about Apple's ability to innovate and amaze.
TechRadar had spent the past year bringing you updates on the rumours, and the likelihood of each being realised when Tim Cook and Phil Schiller made it to the stage.
TechRadar's writers have been hard at work bringing you the big debate – with mobile devices editor Gareth Beavis and our regular columnist Gary Marshall taking opposing views.
Marshall v Beavis
Gary Marshall's opinion is that Apple has an impossible task to impress a legion of fans and naysayers, concluding: "The original iPhone transformed the smartphone market, and the new one is the best yet.
"Forget the wish lists and the snark: all that matters is whether the iPhone 5 does what you want it to do on a network you like at a price you're happy to pay. If it does, that's great.
"If it doesn't, that's great too: as the BBC might put it, other smartphones are available."
But Gareth's take is a little different, saying: "We all know Apple can convince the world that the same is good when it needs to, and that slight upgrades are all that's needed.
"But if it doesn't bring out something as impressive as the iPhone 4 soon – which genuinely married up the best technology with superior design – then Apple could start having a problem convincing the world that it knows best when it comes to telling iFans which phone they should be craving."
But what do you think about the great Apple debate? Are they always going to fall short of expectation? And if so, does that mean that we should cut them some slack when each update doesn't blow us away?