As Apple is about to unveil its latest iPhone lineup along with a couple of other new or updated products this week, the anticipation among the company's faithful has been slowly bulding. And while Apple's launch events are still headline news in tech blogs (and every news outlet covering the tech industry really), the excitement around the company's iPhone announcements has cooled off a bit in recent years.
With leaks and predictions become more accurate each year and real surprises becoming increasingly rare, Google Trends data suggests that new iPhone models no longer create as much buzz as they used to. Looking at global search interest for the term “iPhone” shows that the latest iPhone unveilings failed to spark as much enthusiasm online as earlier launch events.
Last year's unveiling of the iPhone 13 for example led to search interest on Google roughly half the volume of the iPhone 5's debut in 2012, which is when the iPhone hype peaked (at least in terms of Google searches).