Twitterverse goes sour with iPhone 4S announcement (survey)

Twitterverse goes sour with iPhone 4S announcement (survey)

Summary: Twitter goes crazy over the iPhone 4S -- and not in a way that Apple might appreciate.


As Apple CEO Tim Cook might say, everyone and their brother had a reaction to the iPhone 4S announcement on Tuesday. Compared to Apple's releases in the last few years, especially the iPad and the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S seemed to be a letdown for the majority of followers.

Most financial analysts posted mixed reactions about Apple following the introduction of its latest mobile device, and even some tech followers

Naturally, the Twitterverse was all aflutter with the announcement -- but Twitterers weren't pleased, according to Crimson Hexagon, which specializes in social media monitoring and analytics.

Here are the major takeaway points from the survey, which can be seen in more detail in the infographic below:

  • 49 percent of Tweets included a negative reaction about the announcement
  • 33 percent were disappointed that the iPhone 4s was not the iPhone 5
  • 25 percent of Tweets were positive about the announcement
  • 14 percent were excited about the iPhone 4s
  • 11 percent said they plan to buy the iPhone 4S

Here are a few sample tweets -- the last of which could be the most amusing:

  • "The iPhone 4S has been reviled :D Really hope they release iOS 5 soon cause that looks sick!"
  • "Excited to get the iPhone 5 tomorrow, or iPhone 4s whatever the hell its gonna be #upgrade"
  • "iPhone 4s or iPhone 5 whatever , I'm still getting it"
  • "Disappointed it's not the iPhone '5'"
  • "iPhone 4S it is, a let down for Tim Cook's first official announcement as Apple's new CEO."

Additionally, 16 percent of Tweets reflected upon the fact that Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs, which is obvious to everyone. It's almost not fair to judge him to that degree at this point as there has never been a CEO quite like Jobs -- that's what made him so remarkable in the first place.

Now, Twitter isn't exactly the ideal source for a scientific survey nor could it necessarily accurately predict how well the iPhone 4S will do. We'll know that more once the iPhone 4S goes up for pre-order on October 7, followed by the official launch on October 14.

Nevertheless, Twitter could still be argued as a good beacon for understanding how consumers feel not only about the device itself but where Apple might go from here.

[Image via Crimson Hexagon]


Topics: iPhone, Apple, Smartphones

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  • It is not 'feel for the device', it is feel for the mass-media overblown ..

    ... bubble of irresponsible rumours, to which most of people fell.<br><br>The device per se is significantly better in function in every way. Obviously, not a revolution (and Apple carefully uses this term and does not apply it to iPhone 4S), but serious, high quality evolution. <br><br>Why I mean by "high quality"? This is because there is an old philosophical concept of development: intensive versus extensive.<br><br>Extensive is when Samsung just replaced 5 MP sensor with 8 MP sensor and called this Galaxy S 2.<br><br>Intensive is when Apple took 8MP sensor with backslide illumination, with additional lens, with IR filter, with unique f/2.4 aperture, getting significantly better quality of picture, and times faster time of first and the following shots.<br><br>And this goes the same way in other areas, too. For example, A5 SoC is not only became double core, it got also double graphic cores, and additional signal processor. So while Galaxy S 2 also has two cores, it is twice slower in graphics, many times slower in vector/multimedia floating point calculations.
    • RE: Twitterverse goes sour with iPhone 4S announcement (survey)

      @DeRSSS You're a joke. Enjoy your tiny 3.5 inch screen and 1GHz processor.
      • What is 'joke' in anything I wrote? Also, I do not have an iPhone, and ...

        @Droid101: ... never had. Actually, I do not own a smartphone at all, never did (I am close to full blown computer most of the time both in office and at home).
  • RE: Twitterverse goes sour with iPhone 4S announcement (survey)

    This is more a comment on the ignorance of most Tweeters, than on the quality of the iPhone 4S. Despite its similar appearance, nearly every component of the 4S has been improved.

    Clearly Apple has not been willing to accept the compromises involved in adding features like 4G (the unified chipset will not be available until next year) while Samsung just puts out new models for the sake of doing so.
  • Blasphemy, Blasphemy ...

    ... they've all got the blahs for me.
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