I don't know if "impressive" is the right word to use... It must be wonderful being able to ride your brand into success when your features fall 2 years behind modern tech.
The Iphone 6 is very unimpressive, as altshep123 said that tech came out 2 years ago
LOL - great link, RiCo!
Yeah I have been laughing at the mainstream media's coverage because it is so off and they seemingly have no clue as I am positive most if not all of the apple unquestioning followers will not either. The phone payment ability has been out for quite some time and is also available actively on the last 2 Samsung phone lines and it may actually be 3 but even though the function was there on the third it was not enabled. The display is not UHD like most of the other smart phones released in the past two months. The wifi calling ability from what I understand is available only if you're a TMobile customer in the US or a EE customer in Europe from what I understand and I am pretty sure it is not WIFI AC which I don't understand as it's largest competitors phones have had that for 2 generations. Basically the only really big thing is they have a model with a bigger display (that is not UHD) which every other phone OEM has had for at least 3 model years now if not 5. Even there body monitor stuff they show as a great new feature has been available on there competitions devices for at least 2 generations now.
My brother follows these devices though and I see the blindness first hand. I still do not understand following a walled garden/prioritized device category when every other company in the world has been moved away from the practice for decades, but I do see Apples motivation to keep it that way as they get to charge ultra premium prices for 2 year old and older technology as if it were the newest on the planet which has to be awesome.
It is very strange isn't it, how people are willing to pay so much for meh hardware. Look it's not bad however there is better out there.
Sometimes being first is not the best. Even though much of the technology announced for the new iPhone has been around, Apple is pushing for market acceptance (for Apple Pay and NFC) of this where I have not seen any other company do so. Integrating the technology so it is actually usable for me is by far more valuable than being first and unable to utilize it.
Nothing like having an ultra-state-of-the-art phone that supports NFC paying ability yet have very limited places that actually support it.
I was never a huge fan of Apple, but I've got to hand it to them with regards to marketing, integration, and pushing for not only improving the hardware/software, but making it usable in everyday life, which is why I think they are so popular.