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Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban said Apple “needed” the release of the newly revealed iPhone 7, even if “it wasn’t revolutionary.”
The owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the star of ABC’s “Shark Tank” gave his thoughts on the iPhone 7 in an interview with Business Insider on Monday.
“I mean they needed it,” he said. “Their iPhone sales have been on the downswing.”
“Even if it wasn’t revolutionary – or even evolutionary – there’s a natural upgrade cycle and a natural ecosystem that some segment and some percentage of their customer base will take advantage of,” he continued. “So it was a business necessity.”
He compared Apple’s new phone to the “old days with PCs,” saying that when computers advanced from “1 gigahertz to 1.5 gigahertz, it wasn’t revolutionary but it supported the upcoming cycle.”
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As Business Insider’s Steve Kovach wrote last week, the iPhone 7 is relatively unchanged from previous editions aside from slight improvements, most notably to the camera and the processor. The headline of that article, however, said the device would “sell like hotcakes anyway.”
The most publicized change that Apple’s phone underwent was the removal of the headphone jack. The company is now selling a set of wireless headphones called AirPods for $159.
Cuban said that while there has been a lot of commotion over the headphones, “it’ll work itself out” and the feature has only a finite amount of time of being controversial before everyone gets used to it.