1 hour ago, Ray7 wrote
New four-inch screen
Already done by competition. Back in 2010.
New unibody case (requiring a whole new manufacturing process)
Every model is a new manufacturing process--for FoxConn.
Upgraded operating system
Upgrading software is a given. For a company that produces software, that's like patting yourself on the back for breathing.
New, clearer screen (now there is no need for a separate layer for the touch functionality)
That's pretty much what the "Super" in Super AMOLED is about. This technology came out in the first commercially-available product (Samsung Wave) back in 2010.
Available on Android devices in 2011. Heck, even Windows Phones had LTE before the iPhone.
Doubled the RAM
And still only half that of the Galaxy S III.
New A6 processor (the first processor designed in-house by Apple) which drinks less power and still doubles the performance over the A5.
"Designed by Apple" meaning implemented from an architecture designed by ARM and manufactured by Samsung (or some other contract manufacturer).
There's the less important stuff like the battery, the camera, twisting the carriers' arms to allow Facetime over the networks.
That was a carrier imposed limitation, and it will still exist for some carriers. If Apple had to do more than changing a #define constant to 1 to enable this, then they're some pretty lame programmers to begin with. Otherwise, it's still nothing to pat themselves on the back about.
But I take your point, on the surface, not much has changed.
On the surface and on the inside.
Mmm. Apple has just announced 2million sales in the first 24 hours. Double that of the iPhone 4S. If folk are waiting for the Apple stumble, I'm not sure this is it.
And that's a reflection of Apple's customer base more than anything else.