Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled major changes to its iOS operating system, but will those changes be enough to temporarily sate the appetites of consumers who are longing for new hardware from the company? That remains to be seen, but Apple fans might not keep holding on for much longer.

Apple iOS 7

Analysts Unmoved By iOS 7

At this point, most analysts seem underwhelmed by the changes Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has made to its operating system. They also don’t seem too excited about anything else that was unveiled at WWDC this year. Of course all of them want to release reports saying what they believe the company will unveil at such an important event, but then they’re unhappy when Apple does exactly what they expected it to.

This attitude is undoubtedly because it appears at this point that the company has lost the ability to innovate. Or at the very least, it’s lagging behind in innovation. But there’s no denying that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be starting to turn into a follower rather than a leader.

Apple As A Follower Instead Of A Leader?

A comparison of some of the top smartphones reveals a stunning trend: that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s products are starting to fall behind. For example, the iPhone 5 camera is 8 megapixels, compared to the Galaxy S4’s camera, which is 13 megapixels. It’s no wonder Apple fans are circulating rumors that the next iPhone will have a 12 or 13 megapixel camera.

The iPhone’s screen is 4 inches, compared to the Galaxy S4’s 5-inch screen and the Nokia Lumia 925’s 4.5-inch screen. The iPhone 5 sports a 1440 mAh battery, compared to the 2000 mAh battery in the Galaxy S4 and the 2000 mAh battery in the Lumia 925. The processor in the iPhone 5 is 1.2 Ghz, while the processor in the Galaxy S4 is 1.9 GHz and the processor in the Lumia 925 is 1.5 Ghz. Also both the Lumia 925 and the Galaxy S4 allow the user to customize their device in some way, while Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) churns out every single device exactly the same.

Apple Needs To Bring It Big

Consumers tend to hate being kept waiting for new tech from their favorite companies. So if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s next iPhone doesn’t come out until October or later, and especially if the company doesn’t step up its hardware a lot in its next model, consumers may begin to wonder why they’re paying such a high premium for the company’s products. Is it really worth paying Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) prices if the hardware’s specs aren’t as good as those of the company’s competitors?