Quick Note: Apple "iPhone 5" Confirmed for September 12
September 4, 2012 12:24 PM
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"iPhone 5" rendering
Next generation iPhone is fast approaching
Apple has confirmed that the next generation iPhone will be announced next Wednesday at 1pm EST. Interestingly, the number "5" is shown prominently even though this would mark the sixth generation iPhone.
Considering that the third generation iPad was called the "
", we were expecting the next generation iPhone to simply be called the "New iPhone".
Regardless of whatever the new iPhone is called, it's widely expected that the new iPhone will feature a
4" (640x1136) display
, unibody construction,
a smaller dock connector
, and a thinner profile.
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RE: Still no HD..?
9/4/2012 4:40:16 PM
dock connector works just fine..? I guess you mean as long as it's an Apple dock connector -- and in this case specifically designed for the new smaller 9-pin connector (so really, only one dock connector works).. Whereas the entire rest of the industry charges, syncs, and has MHL compatibility (you really have no idea how important this can be -- for one thing, never need to carry a thumb drive again) all through a standard micro-usb connector. So, stranded at a friends house without a charger -- pretty much guarantee there's a spare micro usb cable around somewhere.
And microSD slots..? It's not an issue with slow cards or bad performance -- android successfully dealt with this issue by enabling a user to manage which apps are installed on the card or in the rom (an ability we had back in WinMo 2k3, btw). Mostly.. now lets be honest.. it's so Apple can charge an extra $200 for $4 worth of mem.
Batteries.. eh. Admittedly, Apple has done a lot of work to include a high quality battery as well as extensive power saving tweaks inside iOS to deliver nearly unparalleled battery life (at least prior to harboring a 4g capable radio chip -- good decision on their part). Still.. batteries do fail, whether by misuse or defect. Though I have several friends who literally threw away their iPhones after the battery wore out (stupidly buying new phones == more profit), I feel Apple would ultimately save more money in the long run by allowing users to replace their own batteries rather than dealing with the support issues. I imagine their argument against this would be leaving room for aftermarket battery suppliers to muscle in, causing obvious problems with substandard batteries (have yet to experience an aftermarket battery that works well, let alone working past 2-3 charges).
FWIW, I don't see the new Galaxy series competing well with the iPhone 5.. Spec wise, it's as good or better -- but is designed to meet a certain price point to undercut Apple. It's cheaper, hence more cheaply made (despite the typical Apple markup -- the S3 looks more like a feature phone than a flagship model). Hold one in each hand, and I'm sure on feel and looks alone most would prefer an iPhone (if they don't mind paying for it).
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