We could go back and forth on this one but the short answer is YES. To be honest, the iPhone 4S should have had 4G but Apple got a pass because well they are Apple and even without 4G they still delivered an overall superior device and experience. A lot has changed since the iPhone 4S hit the streets and while overall Apple still dominates, companies like Samsung and HTC are closing the gap. They are making devices that are lighter, thinner, and faster than Apple’s iPhone line and a lot of these new devices are 4G capable. We can’t forget about Motorola either which is in the process of being acquired by Google, once that deal closes (and it looks like it will) I am excited to see what Motorola can do with Android. I know Google says that are putting up a “firewall” between Android and Motorola, but come on let’s be serious. While Motorola’s patents were no doubt a huge part of the deal, the chance to control both the operating system and the hardware was an opportunity that was too good to pass up and too important not take. If Google ever wanted to be able to develop devices that were truly on par with Apple, they needed to control it all the same way that Apple does.
At this point, if we make assumptions based on the recently announced new iPad (hey what do we call that thing anyway, new iPad?) specs which will include 4G then we can assume that it’s a safe bet that the next iPhone will have 4G as well. Apple gets a lot of slack because their devices are just so great, but neither the media or consumers would cut them any slack if the next iPhone was announced and 4G capability was missing. All the major wireless carriers in the U.S. are rushing to build out and stabilize their 4G networks as fast they can, so Apple really has no excuse. A better and faster processor and improved retina display are all nice, but if the new iPhone released without 4G capability I think most people would have no choice but to consider it an epic failure. As an iPhone 4S owner, I’ll admit I feel a bit of jealously when I see someone with a 4G capable phone and that’s a problem because when it comes to capability and quality Apple has built their brand on the fact that it’s always the other way around.
But hey it might just be me, so let’s put this thing to a vote. We want to know, if the iPhone 5 released without 4G capability, would you consider it a failure? Feel free to sound off in the comments as well.