A lot of critics out there seem to think Apple has an iPhone problem. Apparently, sales of the trendsetting, outrageously profitable handset are poised to fall off a cliff sometime this year, when the new iPhone disappoints and everyone rushes to get an HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4.
As far as I can tell, Apple doesn't have an iPhone problem — it has a numbering problem. Since last year brought a redesign, everyone with an opinion expects the 2013 model to be a letdown, a predictable, mid-cycle refresh with minor internal upgrades and few new bells or whistles. Based on little more than its name, you'd think the new iPhone is doomed to fail.
The tech world had a rather amusing reaction to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins calling the iPhone's user interface dated on Monday, especially considering how long the smartphone maker formerly known as Research in Motion had let its own mobile OS languish. But there was plenty of other interesting news to start off the week, so let's fly through a recap of five more stories right now...
You may have read the rumor that Apple is building a new iPhone model to compete in the low-cost, contract-free market that Samsung pretty much dominates. There are loads of these phones on the market, with lame specs and flimsy enclosures, and it's hard to believe that Apple would ever stoop so low as to make one. But Apple's build quality had less to do with the materials it chooses and more to do with its tremendous attention to detail, even if it means struggling to meet demand.