Apple recently released some more information about the next generation of its flagship mobile phone, the iPhone 5, and an official press demonstration is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12. Here's my advance take.
First I want to say that I have been against anything Apple has released for a long time. I find their equipment to be highly overpriced. You can easily spend half, if not less than half, the amount of money on comparable technology that performs better.
The iPhone 5 will feature what seems to be the same size screen, likely because it fits into most pockets and its ergonomics favor the human hand. Apple’s main competitor, Samsung, recently released the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note II (which is a POWERHOUSE of a phone). No one wants small phones anymore; they would rather enjoy bright, live, vivid screens.
Apparently the iPhone 5 will support LTE networks, but if Apple were to again ignore current and trending technology, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all. In the last year, the number of LTE networks, even on a trial basis, has increased fourfold. Apple has been known to hold out on technology until it is consumer-proven.
Apple is apparently planning to change its connector for the iDevices, which would be fine by me if it decided to move to MicroUSB...but it's not. The company is creating a smaller version of its current adapter, which means you'll have have to have an adapter to use your current chargers, docks and other accessories. This is nothing out of the ordinary for Apple, which consistently profits by making its own products obsolete.
The new mobile operating system has been well-previewed by Apple and is apparently halfway decent, including Facebook integration, Do Not Disturb Mode, a revamped Google Maps app, App Store and iTunes App, and a bunch of other cool tweaks. The new iOS is going to be the most impressive thing about the iPhone 5 in my opinion.
Close Quarters Combat? NOPE
Newer phones are equipped with a close contact feature that allows you to share contacts, photos, messages and things like that. This first came into play with an application called BUMP that allowed two iPhones to share contacts and photos.
Instead of having to text someone or email them a photo, you can just click a button to send the photo to anyone within your vicinity. That is pretty freakin’ cool. With most new phones now, that feature is built into the hardware.
It has been rumored that the iPhone 5 isn’t going to feature this hardware, which is kind of backwards if you think about it.
Rest of the stuff.
There are talks that iPhone 5 is going to have a redesigned, two-tone body. The ear buds are apparently being redesigned, and it may have a new processor, possibly a quad-core.
Overall it sounds like the same old Apple: inferior products and more lame hardware. The Android operating system phones and tablets such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus 7 are better choices this year.
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