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Despite news of Iris, Apple’s iPhone 4S still a coup for C Spire

October 21st, 2011

Boy just when you thought you had things figured out, a girl named Iris kicks you in the teeth,

With everyone in Mississippi and beyond jumping up and down about Apple’s new iPhone 4S now being a part of the C Spire stable, you would think nothing could keep folks from smiling.

Then along came Iris. One of the cool things about the iPhone 4S was Siri. That’s  the natural languages understanding app with the cool woman’s name and voice that answers your questions and is supposed to be the advantage that the iPhone 4S has, not only over other models of the iPhone, but every other mobile device on the planet.

But according to a recent report, a programmer spent just eight hours creating a similar app for the Android phone. Oh, and he named her Iris.

But that doesn’t mean Ridgeland-based C Spire’s announcement this week that the country’s eighth-largest phone company will start selling the iPhone 4S in a few weeks isn’t big news. It’s still a huge deal, and it still gives it a bigger edge over its major competitors in Mississippi — AT&T and Verizon. However, what it does do is make you realize the difference in the technology world between good and great isn’t very far apart.

Having said that, Apple still developed the technology first and delivered it first with the iPhone 4S.

And that means Apple is still the king of the mountain, because even more important a tech guy that can roll out a look-alike app in eight hours, is someone at the top of the organization with vision.

That’s what the Android makers are missing.

At the end of the day, Android is still playing catch-up to the iPhone 4S.

In a week when the little phone company from Mississippi got the attention of the nation’s tech business watchers, C Spire comes out on top, having shown its own unique vision for the future.

  1. Russman
    October 21st, 2011 at 09:20 | #1

    I am no iPhone cheerleader, but there is a simple reason why iPhones are the single largest model of phones in the market (notice I said model, not OS.) A single app (Siri, Iris, whatever) is not going to compel 4 million people in 3 days to buy a phone of any make. The reason that 4 million people purchased iPhone 4S’ in three days is the track record of previous iPhones being great devices. Unlike the 100 different Android based phones who try to do everything, the iPhones concentrate on performing their core functions extrely well. Android phones are a “Jack-of-all Trades, master of none type of device…not so with the iPhone. The single largest complaint on the iPhone was the carrier (AT&T). Looks like that problem is solved as well. Kudos C-Spire!!

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