When I last upgraded my laptop, a 2010 13" MacBook Pro, to a 2012 13" MacBook Air I was very happy with the upgrade. My new computer was so much thinner, lighter and faster. I even gained some extra functionality with the new hardware, like Airplay Mirroring. It was still a laptop that ran OS X, just like the old one, but it was a significant upgrade to what I often refer to as "the best laptop ever made".
My new iPhone arrived in the mail on Tuesday afternoon and again, I am very happy with the upgrade. My new iPhone 5 is so much thinner, lighter and faster than my old iPhone 4 that I bought in 2010. I even gained some extra functionality with the new hardware, like Siri. It's still an iPhone that runs iOS, just like the old one, but it is a significant upgrade. Regardless of your software allegiance, I don't think anyone could deny that the hardware is truly first class.
To all of the people who have replied to the new phone's announcement with a yawn, saying "it's just like the last one", I say this:
No, it doesn't have [insert your grievance here], it doesn't do [insert your as-yet impossible feature here]. It doesn't levitate or even have any wings at all and it wasn't delivered to me by a magical unicorn from the future. But what were you expecting?
Just as the original Macintosh changed computer industry in 1984, the original iPhone was a revolution that forever changed the mobile phone industry in 2007, but that doesn't happen every year.
This is a solid upgrade to a already great product. Nothing more, nothing less.