Best Argument: No
Audience Favored: No (78%)
Enough to keep the momentum going for now
Apple could certainly do more to support these CIOs and help them make the iPhone more manageable. However, the bottom line is that the iPhone's usability and large catalog of quality apps for professionals are going to make it a mainstay in business for years to come. The iPhone 5's incremental improvements will be enough to keep the momentum going for now.
The iPhone 5 is standing on the shoulders of giants
It’s hard to underplay the impact of the iPhone –- the aftershocks are still being felt, five years after it was launched. Without the iPhone, there would be no iPad.
And yet –- none of this means that the iPhone 5 is especially significant in itself. It’s merely standing on the shoulders of giants.
Sure, there are some modest improvements, but this model is unlucky enough to arrive at a time when the iPhone’s supremacy is being challenged. Android and Windows Phone 8 handsets are arriving that are as good as the iPhone -- and better in some aspects. The iPhone’s place in tech history is secure, but the iPhone 5 is really only a footnote.
CIOs have bet on Microsoft infrastructure
Steve Ranger won this debate largely by noting that CIOs have bet on Microsoft infrastructure and will connect the dots if given a good path. Companies will still have the iPhone 5 in their infrastructure courtesy of BYOD, but there are more options. The iPhone 5 will matter to CIOs, but the response will be more measured this time around.