Christopher Mims, writing for Quartz, “2013 Was a Lost Year for Tech”:
2013 was the year smartphones became commodities, just like the PCs they supplanted. Even at the high end, Apple and Samsung’s newest flagship phones weren’t big leaps ahead from previous versions. The most that Apple could think to do with the new, faster processor in the iPhone 5S was animate 3D effects that make some users feel ill and a fingerprint sensor that solved a problem that wasn’t exactly pressing. Apple’s new iOS 7 mobile operating system, which felt “more like a Microsoft release,” crippled many older iPhones and led to complaints of planned obsolescence.
What a sad pile of piss-on-everything cynicism.
Ignore the rest of the article from Mims, And read Gruber’s take on it. He’s on the money in every point here.