I agree with taylorh, you should define fail.
Personally, I think the biggest issue for me would be form factor. I absolutely love the current iteration of the iPhone, metal backing and all. I think the current form factor adds incredible prestige that no other phone can match. If they step away from the current materials, as it looks like they will, it'll be hard for me to immediately jump on board.
But then again, Apple has rarely, if ever, put out a product that I didn't think was THE best looking product in its class. I put my trust in Jonathan Ive and his magical team of Oompa Loompas, or whatever they use over in Cupertino.
Guess we shall see.
I've never used a smartphone with a fixed keyboard before, this is actually my first smartphone so I am use to the iPhone keyboard. I personally love the sleek, little button look. For me, if they ad a fixed keyboard it wouldn't be a deal breaker, but it would certainly make me think twice. This will probably never happen since the reconfigurable keyboard was a selling point.I believe it could fail due to a lack of keyboard. much like malatesta said in the wmexperts podcast if your not use to an iphone you kind of want to chuck it across the room. (as long as its not your). a keyboard is a big deal for a lot of people and prohibit apple from reaching full potential
When I originally created this thread, I was defining failure has not being able to live up to all the hype around it. I guess all this hype were created from rumors, so if some of these rumors prove not true, it will just be the people's fault for creating those rumors and expecting too much.Define fail.
I would say people start switching away from (instead of to) the iPhone is failure. But ncreasing install base can't be described as anything but variations of success.
I think that the reason it will fail if it will, is if it will be too big, heavy or bad battery.I think there are a couple of reasons why the 3G iPhone might fail:
- iPhone is priced higher than original iPhone
- AT&T increases the price of the iPhone plan
And by price, I think it will have to be >$599.
If the low-end iPhone is priced at $499> without the subsidy then I see that that's going cause a HUGE problem. I also think that if the only internal upgrade is 3G, then that would also cause friction, I'm guessing Apple is targeting the consensus of just about everyone here, and I don't think you can just upgrade it to 3g and call it a day.
I hope it does fail, just to prove apple is real and not a religion.