The iPhone 5 failed to make an appearance at today’s event, making the modestly improved iPods and iPhone the star of the show. While the iPhone 4S received a dual core A5 processor and 8 megapixel camera (two features expected for the iPhone 5), the rumored tear drop shape and 4-inch edge-to-edge screen are nowhere to be found. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Sprint would be throwing down billions of dollars for access to the phone—which turned out to be true, but it was also speculated that a 4G-enabled iPhone 5 would be exclusive to Sprint. Since this obviously didn’t happen, it will be interesting to see how Sprint fares as “just another carrier” $30 billion in the hole with nothing other than unlimited data to entice users.
Given the fact that the iPhone was already delayed by a few months from Apple’s regular schedule, we expected something… more… from the geeks at Cupertino. The 4S doesn’t necessarily disappoint, but the changes are much more subtle than expected. It’s possible that Apple will release a redesigned unit within the next year, but it may be difficult to convince existing iPhone 4 users to upgrade.