Apple News: The iPhone 5 release date is delayed to sometime in 2012, most likely the summer but it’s anyone’s guess and Apple itself may not yet be sure.
Enter instead the iPhone 4S, a brilliant backup plan engineered by Tim Cook, who’s been in the CEO chair for far too short a time to take credit or blame for much that’s transpired since.
But has been Apple’s chief operations officer for fourteen years; it was on him as COO, not Jobs as innovations guy, to figure out this escape hatch. But there’s one bit of magic missing from the iPhone 4S.
One which has left mainstream customers confused and showing rare anger toward Apple, a company which most among the mainstream have spent the past decade thanking for having rescued them from a tech landscape which had previously skewed geeks-only.
Yet the anger and disappointment today is palpable, and it’s based purely on external expectations; Apple never said there would be an iPhone 5 in 2001, and even our use of the word “delay” is subjective relative to when Apple most likely thought it was going to launch the iPhone 5.