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iPhone 5 details: top 20 details you’ll want to know

For those considering upgrading or switching, the features of the new iPhone 5 have been announced, and Apple claims this smartphone to be their best ever, with most changes increasing speed and function over aesthetics.

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Welcome to the world, iPhone 5

Faster, stronger, thinner, lighter, and capable of leaping figurative tall buildings, details of the new Apple iPhone 5 have been announced by the smartphone giant. The most dramatic updates are not aesthetic, which could slow adoption rates, but with noise cancellation, faster apps, better charging, and sexier display power, sales will likely be through the roof, as with any of Apple’s innovations, small or large.

Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller said that the iPhone 5 is the “most beautiful product” that Apple has ever made. Schiller says the most obvious change is that the device is taller than previous iPhones. “It’s because of your hand. It should fit there.”

iPhone 5 features and updates

The iPhone 5…

  1. will be available for pre-order on September 14th, shipping September 28th, or in stores by September 21st.
  2. runs iOS 6, Apple’s newest mobile operating system.
  3. has a bigger display (four inches), a 16:9 aspect ratio, and resolution of 1136×640.
  4. features five rows of apps instead of four.
  5. got an overhauled charger called “Lightning,” which is 80% smaller.
  6. offers 8 hours of talk time (3G) and 225 hours of standby use.
  7. made completely from glass and aluminum.
  8. comes in black and white.
  9. is 18% lighter than the 4S, weighing 112g.
  10. is 7.6mm thin, nearly the thinnest smartphone on the market.
  11. has 44% more color saturation.
  12. features two wifi antennas to boost internet speed.
  13. has 2.4ghz and 5ghz on 802.11n added to the device for faster internet.
  14. supports LTE and HSDPA + DC-HSDPA.
  15. has a new A6 chip, making the CPU and graphics two times as fast.
  16. comes with a smaller camera with an 8MP sensor.
  17. camera is 40% faster, and performs better in low light situations.
  18. camera now offers panorama mode.
  19. has a 1080p video camera, and three microphones (front top, front bottom, and rear).
  20. has front-facing FaceTime camera now capable of 720p resolution.

Pricing, carriers, and comparison chart

The iPhone 5 will offer storage options and pricing as is Apple’s norm -16GB, 32GB, and 64GB at $199, $299 and $399 respectively.

The device will be available on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon in the U.S., and T-Mobile supports unlocked iPhones.

Lifehacker offers in-depth analysis of what to consider when choosing a carrier when considering an iPhone 5, and Laptop Mag offers a comparison chart revealing iPhone 5’s features stacked up against competitors.

Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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  1. Roland Estrada

    September 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Correction – iPhone 5 will be available to everyone in the US on September 21st both in-store and delivery, period. The only exceprion to this would some of the lesser carriers in the US. As a matter of fact, for the last couple of years, some lucky folks have gotten iPhone delivery one to two days before the actual release date. The 28th release date will be for a second set of countries. 
     
    In terms of “aesthetics” slowing down adoption rates one needs only to look at the the 4S adoption rates that were through the roof. I think the design is absolutely killer, unless you are a fan plastic-backed look-alike phones, then you are excused. Take a look a the video outlining the design and manufacture process on Apple’s home page. Even if you are not a design fan you’ll appreciate the level of attention to detail that has gone into the iPhone 5. iPhones designs are iterative. Much in the same way BMW designs cars. You know it’s a BMW.   
     
     
     
     

  2. jonrbell04

    September 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    @BoBarronCCIM are you getting one?

    • BoBarronCCIM

      September 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      @jonrbell04 it is likely says the 8ball

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LG G Flex will have a curved display: why it even matters

The LG G Flex is exciting as it is curved, but there are much deeper implications of this announcement that your company should take note of before your competitors do.

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LG G Flex to feature curved display

You may have heard that Samsung will launch a smartphone with a curved display (although they’ve so far fallen short on their plans to produce their smartphone prototype that is completely flexible), but did you know that LG is hot on their heels, with rumors of the LG G Flex launching this November?

As depicted above, what is believed to be called the LG G Flex is similar to a standard smartphone in shape, with just a slight curve, using plastic OLED screen technology

CNET reports that sources close to the project say the G Flex will have a six-inch display and November is the projected unveiling, but that could always be pushed back (although to be in time for the holiday shopping season, we suspect it will be a November launch).

Samsung will likely unveil their curved display phone this month, and there are rumors that the Galaxy Note 3 could feature a curved display as well.

Curved does not equal flexible

So why develop a curved display? Analysts point to the device actually fitting around your face naturally for making calls, and others note that it fits in a rear pocket more comfortably with a curve.

Curved does not equal flexibility, though, as the devices are still stationary, but the reason the LG G Flex being curved matters to you is that mass production of this type of technology is the precursor to what’s coming next – flexible devices.

Looking into a crystal ball

LG already introduced a curved 55-inch OLED tv panel, and was first to the finish line with the ability to mass produce fully flexible plastic screens, announced last year with their electronic paper display (EPD) product, sold overseas.

The LG EPD is not just flexible, allowing the screen to bend up to 40 degrees from its center, it is a 6 inch, 1024 x 768 e-ink plastic screen. The technology used mimics the way traditional ink appears on paper, which many prefer over the backlit flat panel displays of tablets and computers. The EPD is only 0.7mm thick, weighs 14 grams (that’s 1/33 of a pound) and is said to be scratch resistant when dropped.

Flexibility is next, and it is relevant for your brand not just for the novelty of having a flexible device, but because the way people interact with your website or app could be changing sooner than you might suspect.

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iPhone 6 concepts beginning to emerge

With all the hub-bub about iOS 7 and iPhone 5, several iPhone 6 concepts have emerged. The most prominent feature is the wrap around screen.

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Looking into the future

Whether you are an Android lover or an Apple fanatic, people love to fantasize about what the newest phone release will bring, from hologram keyboards, an added projector, and so forth. As for the iPhone 6, the most common feature designers and fans think it will have is the wrap around screen. AGBeat has featured this concept several times, and while it has yet to become reality, there seems to be high hope for the iPhone 6 release.

Dribble users have designed and shared several concept models, all of which have the wrap around screen, also known as the infinity screen. This design allows a more engaged user experience, by removing the side casing. The sides have a flat, touch-responsive volume control and a much thinner design overall. And some additional revisions (based upon Cladio Guglieri’s original) have included wifi, Bluetooth, do not disturb, airplane mode, and rotation lock icons, right on the side.

These additions give you instant access to your most used controls, without the need to tap through to gain access to the settings screen. Also, with the extra features, the opposite side of the phone shows your message status, emails, and music controls. DeviantArt also has multiple postings of the infinity screen design. This is absolutely amazing to me because there is so much information in such a limited amount of space. The thickness of the phone in the concept states 0.30 inches; it is really hard to believe an email icon can fit and be legible, but it does.

Other futuristic possibilities

There are also several versions that include aluminum plus carbon fiber casing, in many different variations. Although most still remove the edges from the iPhone 5 design. Behance users have also created several examples of this design concept. With touch sensors wrapping the display edge, concept designers believe no borders means nothing between your hands and the display. And they hope accidental gestures can be prevented with the sensors, although this is just a concept. You certainly would not want to pick the phone up to answer a call from your boss and accidentally start your iTunes playlist.

The only problem I see with this beautiful design is protecting the edges, despite designers touting the durability of the new technologies. As someone who frequently drops their phone, and attempts to keep it safe by using a protective case, I wonder how you can utilize the edges, but still keep the phone safe. Also, I would be interested to see, how often holding the phone triggers the side sensors. Otherwise, I think the wrap around design is both beautifully functional and a long overdue, welcome feature.

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Contacts+ app adds productivity to any Android

Android users: Contacts+ is a great new way to manage your contacts, making a potentially frustrating process simple and streamlined, adding productivity to your phone.

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Contacts+ is more than a contact manager

Contacts+ is more than just a contact manager though, it is also a dialer app and combines photos with information from all your connected services: WhatsApp, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Contacts+ is a welcome alternative to the Andriod favorite Smartr. Since Smartr was recently acquired by Yahoo!, Contacts+ could not have come at a better time.

You can send free and regular messages without switching apps, sync pictures to your contacts, including cover photos, from Facebook and get birthday reminders.

How the app works

With optimization for both Android phone and tablets, you have the ability to sort your contacts in a variety of ways without worrying if you will be able to see all the data. You can sort by groups, favorites, smart contact (prioritization by frequency or A-Z), and search message history of your contact from one place. If you happen to have the same contact in your phone more than once, Contacts+ will sync them together to save you any confusion.

One tap opens a contact card, and then you can tap again to make calls or email them. Once the contact card is open, you can also catch up on their social media life. Leo from Contacts+ writes, “they have a sync process with Facebook and Google+, essentially users connect their accounts (authentication is performed securely through the respective service) and once an account is connected, Contacts+ links and syncs contacts based on unique identifiable information, enabling them to automatically connect your contacts and their identities.”.

New features have been added

The newest features include high res picture sync, a new black theme, T9 search in the call log, Dialer+ shortcut that can be opened over your call log/contacts screen, the ability to call back directly from the incoming message pop up and ignore accents improvements.

The only drawback is that some of the “sorting” features are a bit harder to find. You will need to tap through a couple of different options to find the ability to sort by last name, for example. But, once you get used to it, it really is a nice way to manage your contacts. Contacts+ is free in the Google Play store.

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