Thursday, September 13, 2012

Apple Announces iPhone 5

Much to almost no one's surprise, yesterday Apple announced a new iPhone model called iPhone 5.  Apple is billing it as "The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone".  Which I suppose is true if you are a fan of the iPhone as a device.

For the record, I have an iPhone 4S and I really like it.  However, I've also owned the Samsung Galaxy and the Galaxy 2 and liked both of those phones as well.  I'm really of the opinion that nowadays, the phone is a tool and both Android and iOS do some very cool and helpful things.  Both have advantages over the other… both have disadvantages.

 

But enough of that, let's take a look at what makes the newest piece of Apple goodness so deserving of all the hype.

 

  • Faster processor.  The iPhone 5 sports an A6 processor which, I believe, is faster than the iPad 3 which has an A5 processor.  This thing will be smoking' fast.
  • 18% thinner.  Things keep evolving and this time there is no need for a separate touch sensing layer being built into the screen.  Doing away with this layer lets the engineers decrease the thickness by almost 1/5th
  • 20% lighter.  Not only does doing away with the touch sensing layer make the device thinner, it also cuts the weight.  Cool!
  • Larger screen.  Now that people are using their phones for watching TV and movies as well as games, more screen size means better viewing.  The new iPhone has a 4 inch screen
  • Faster mobile wireless.  For years the iPhone has be 3G while all the competitors have been 4G.  That's been one of the major knocks on the device.  This latest model is compatible with LTE, DC-HSDPA, and HSPA+
  • iOS 6.  Although other devices (4s, 4, 3GS, iPad 3, and iPad 2) will be able to upgrade to it, the iPhone 5 will come with iOS 6 installed

 

Drawbacks

  • 8MP camera which hasn't changed a lot since 4S.  Supposedly it's a bit faster and better in low light, but that isn't Earth shattering.  It will also now shoot in panorama which is a nice feature.
  • New connector.  This is going to cause some waves.  Apple has done away with the connector they've been using for years.  The reason for this is the decreased size of the device.  By making the iPhone 5 thinner, the company had to also have a thinner connector.  The new one is 8 pins and is reversible which means there is no wrong way to plug in the cable.   While I understand the reason behind the change and even support it, there are lots of people out there with lots of accessories that plug into the 30 pin adapter slot.  To help those folks, Apple is selling a Lightning to 30-pin adapter that will allow 30 pin accessories to connect to the iPhone 5.

So there's the low down.  Excited?  Want one?  Post your comments.  I'm probably going to upgrade, but I'll wait a month or 2 to make sure there are no battery or antenna issues before I make the jump...

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