10 Lessons HP Will Never Learn From the iPhone 5

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    Don Reisinger

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1. Why 4G MattersRumors abound that the iPhone 5 will come with 4G connectivity. And why wouldn't it? The high-speed wireless-networking solution is considered the future of mobile connectivity. What's more, it's much faster than 3G. If the iPhone 5 comes with 4G, all others will need to follow suit. Too bad HP won't join them.
Last month, HP made the surprising decision to discontinue its TouchPad tablet, all but kill off its mobile operating system, WebOS, and consider spinning off its PC business. According to HP, the decision to engage in such drastic measures was based in its desire to focus more on software and solutions, and at the end of the day, become a more well-rounded and financially stable company. Meanwhile, rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 continued to heat up. While HP was complaining about the state of the tablet business, reports said the iPhone 5 would come with a bigger display. As HP CEO Leo Apotheker talked about WebOS' uncertain future, rumors of the iPhone 5 launching in October stole headlines. Simply put, for every company in trouble, there is another that's wildly successful. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the technology industry between Apple and HP. That's why, when the iPhone 5 launches, HP, if it were still competing in the mobile space, could have learned a thing or two about the mobile space. Apple has proven time and again that it knows what it's doing in the smartphone market, and it will likely show that again when its next smartphone launches.

Here's a look at what HP should have learned from the iPhone 5 and Apple's launch of its newest iOS device.

This article was originally published on 2011-09-16
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.