It would seem that the easiest way to get n with the “cool” crowd this year is to call the iPhone uncool.
According to the publication, “The iPhone is boxy, flat and feeling stale.”, while the Android competition is fresh, or as Brian Deagon puts it, “The Samsung Galaxy smartphone seems cooler.”
Deagon goes on to predict that smartphones and tablets will become a commodity in 2012, one in which Apple’s coolness and desirability will be derided by a growing number of Android smartphones at multiple price-points. He also points out that Apple will face stiff competition in the TV market where Samsung reigns supreme.
Has Apple lost some of its edge in 2011? Sure. We finally have competitive Android smartphones available on an array of carriers. Most notably the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus smartphones from Samsung, but that didn’t stop millions from purchasing the “boxy, flat” iPhone 4S in the tail end of 2012. This prediction forgets that Apple brings out a new phone every year, and is rumored to be working on a slimmer iPhone 5.
Other gems include the prediction that Twitter will totter, Steve Balmer will be fired from Microsoft and Ultrabooks will be the next big thing.
If some of these sound familiar, it’s because IBD also predicted that Steve Balmer would be shown the exit during 2011. Their predictions also included the launch of an Amazon TV device and the big A purchasing TomTom.
Some 2011 predictions that could easily come true include Blackberry going the way of Palm and Social media playing an increasing role in disrupting government authority, including Twitter.
I’m not sure why everyone thinks that saying the iPhone is uncool will make it so. The only way Android or Windows Phone will dent the iPhone’s popularity is with killer hardware and killer software. The Galaxy Nexus is the closest thing to this on the Android side, but Windows Phone 7 still needs killer hardware in the U.S.
Additionally, Android tablets need a home run if they want to get a leg up on the iPad in 2012. Perhaps the promised, “Tablet of highest quality,” will help to take some of the cool away from Apple, but I wouldn’t count on Apple losing its Cool in 2012.