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Every time I get an article like this, and it's under the times brand, I presume that it's been through the editorial processes of the Times. But it hasn't. It's a way to confuse credibility and I really wish the Times wouldn't do this.
Jobs was absent for a good bit in 2009 (the same year 3GS was released). I think that if Jobs is the visionary and leader everyone talks about then a few months without him cannot dent the Apple market and development. The company will still run, it is still running. It did it in 2009 and it can do it again in my opinion.
If the product is going to be out in the summer you can bet a good amount of the design has been going on for many months. Obviously Jobs would be heavily involved in it, and would continue to be. This point of the article doesn't make much sense to anyone who thinks about it for more than a few seconds or who is familiar with how products are designed; it's as if they intentionally decided to keep the story at the surface-level.
Science journalism is bad. Political journalism stinks. Is it a case of those who can do, do, but those who can't report?
It's very likely that without Jobs, the iPhone5 will be released with all kinds of little warts that a team under his guidance would have caught.
It's possible that his condition is deteriorating, especially considering this is his second length leave of absence.
How long will the product development take---2 years? 3 years?
How long will Steve be out---a year? When he returns will he be at a 100% or will he likely leave for medical reasons again? For many people, this looks like the 'end of an era' with Steve Jobs.
That perception can't just suddenly change overnight when its no longer convenient.
For iPhone, I would expect differences, though. The technology (especially batteries and screens) improves rapidly, and the target audience changes, too. On the one hand, apple has to reach out to less technologically savvy users; on the other hand, even those likely are more familiar with the UI than the original iPhone buyers were.
I would expect that the UI and the hardware should focus more and more on the cloud. The (eventual) end result of that will be the removal of the iPod connector in iPhone 7 or therabouts.
It's very likely that we won't see a Home button on any future iOS devices; that's pretty impressive, but the new gestures seem to perform the same function really well. It should put Apple way ahead of other mobile platforms who still struggle with which order to place all their buttons.
(I won't say it's completely impossible that Apple would do it, just that it's overall a bad idea.)
However, as a phone I don't see how less than a back button and a home button is sufficient. It's a lot like the mouse debate. I need at least a couple hardware buttons.
And I wouldn't be surprised at all if someone else was floating their design concepts as Apple rumors, so that people would see them, talk about them and consider them through the prism of deference to Apple's design track record.
Daring Fireball has some good discussion on this; he thinks that the rumors of removing the Home Button are false (due to difficulty of discoverability and one handed-use).
Given that the iPhone 5 has been effectively complete for a little while, and given Apple's performance during 2009H1, I really don't see why there's a question about Apple's performance in 2011.
Napster changed the music industry forever and caused the music industry to (at least to some extent) change.
My thought is that proximity payments + API for banking system (ie: PayPal or Google equivalent) would shake things up for the banking industry.
In other words, if you could completely bypass the big banks - while they struggle to implement 10 year old payment system technology, not to mention high service fees - you'd end up with a system that is more convenient and manageable.
My point wasn't the file sharing aspect of Napster. It was about how Napster changed an industry.
Proximity non-card payments will change the situation for the debit/credit card operators, and possibly to a degree for Paypal-like services. Big banks are here to stay, and if they change something, it'll sooner be reasonably priced wire transfers to cut out the Paypal/cheque alternatives from hell.
To some extent, the card is where the control is. PayPal knows this, which is why they came out with a debit and credit card.
If a proximity payment service emerged that could interact with the API inside a device, it is a matter of time before a "simple, affordable microtransaction" service/app comes about. From there, exponential growth due to the order of convenience and simplicity. Banks, meet your "Napster", as it were.
Imagine mint.com came out with a proximity payment system for all devices and used the existing mint.com system as your "Bank Account" overview. Simply amazing!
Phones will replace credit cards.
I have a friend who works in IT for a fast food chain. They are gearing up for the iPhone5 among others. Drivers will be able to place their order on the highway for the next franchise location. When they arrive, they waive their phone at the proximity payment box and collect their food. The phone acts as both a payment method and a loyalty card with user history data down to the 'no mayo on the fish sandwich.'
(Yes, that is sarcasm.)
If anything the iPhone 5 will be largely similar to the iPhone 4 except faster and with an NFC chip in it. And yes, a dual CDMA/GSM radio which happens to come from Qualcomm.