Things We Like and Dislike About the iPhone 5
On Wednesday, September 12th Apple took to the stage and announced the iPhone 5 along with some new iPods. The iPhone 5, by the way, will be available next week (Sept 21st) for about the same price that the iPhone 4S sold for($299 for 32GB). The announcements revealed no major secrets or game changing products as a common reaction to the news was "evolution" rather than "revolution." Here's our list of some things that we liked and didn't like so much about the new products.
One of The Best Smartphone Cameras Gets BetterIf you ask some people why they won't consider other excellent smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III over the iPhone, they often say it's the camera that makes them buy an iPhone. The iPhone 5's 8MP sensor is still the same number of pixels as the 4S but Apple claims it's now faster and has better low light sensitivity possibly due to an improved BSI (back side illumination) sensor and larger f/2.4 aperture. Apple also announced that the new iPhone uses a sapphire lens protector which offers a very pure glass which might be even more scratch resistant than Corning's Gorilla Glass.
Better Speakers, More Microphones and Noise Cancelling TooIn the new and improved department, Apple has improved the front-facing camera, making FaceTime sessions (which will now be in 720p HD) better and will also not be limited to Wi-Fi. Apple says they have added "wideband audio" which makes cell phone calls sound more natural. Currently 20 carriers plan on supporting cellular wideband audio. In addition the iPhone now uses three microphones (front, back and bottom) along with some new noise cancelling technology to make for even better sounding calls. Now if only AT&T could do their part to boost the quality and reliability of a phone call. Apple has also improved the speaker using a five magnet transducer for more oomph.
Thinner, Faster, Not CheaperAnother no-big-surprise iPhone 5 announcement was the new larger display which includes even more pixels in order to maintain the same 326ppi Retina display. This is also the first Apple phone or tablet to support 16:9, widescreen, aspect ratio (like your HDTV set) . A new anti-glare treatment should make the display more readable in bright light. Despite a larger display, Apple was able to shrink the iPhone 5 making it 20 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner. On the faster front Apple claims to have doubled the processing power of the 4S with a new A6 processor. They also added dual band (5 and 2.4GHz) 802.11n Wi-Fi to the iPhone 5 where its predecessor only supported a single 2GHz band.
New Earbuds Called EarPodsApple claims they have been working on these new earbuds for a few years. They say they measured lots of ears to settle on one size that should fit most people. They also claim that they we designed to better "direct" sound into the ear. The early reports from the Apple event indicate a better fit with stronger bass.
Apple Missed a Chance on NFCIf you're not familiar with NFC or "Near Field Communications" then you're probably not alone. NFC is used for among other things contactless payment however, there's a lot more you can do with NFC than using it as a credit card. NFC could be used to provide personalized or other helpful information about anything from an item in a store to an item in your home just by "tapping" that item with your phone. Although NFC is already available on many mobile devices, Apple could have provided a huge boost to its adoption and popularity.
New Connector Makes All Your Accessories Harder to UseAnother feature that all the rumors had been talking about now has a name. The new docking connector called "Lightning" will now require a rather large and expensive ($29) adaptor to work with all your old docks, chargers and accessories. If you want a Lightning to old 30-pin cable Apple will sell you one for $39. One thing Apple has done on this connector to make it easier to use than most connectors is they made it able to plug in right side up or upside down. How stable the new phone will be sitting on the adaptor remains to be seen and what will the accessory manufacturers do to make their new iPhone 5-ready devices backward compatible with older Apple products remain to be seen. We expect some storm weather ahead for Lightning.
Should You Run Out and Buy an iPhone 5?The new iPhone 5 is certainly an engineering marvel and Apple has definitely caught up to other smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III that were starting to make the iPhone 4S look dated. If your iPhone contract is up and you have an extra $299 to spend then by all means go for the iPhone 5 -you'll be good with your new phone for at least another year. If your contract is not up then you might want to wait until it is or wait to see what other smartphones emerge like new Android or even Windows 8 phones.

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Andrew, I for one appreciate your Blog and consider them very informative. It is always easy for others to follow after and comment on your every staement, but they never have the guts to be first in line.
Long may you continue to share your own thoughts with us.

Thanks, I guess

Glad you find them informative. As we say in journalism the goal is to be fair and accurate which may make articles seem less sensational. By the way, I'm @aeisner on twitter if you want to follow me. I also did Twit last week at twit.tv

Where's 4G? Not upgrading

Where's 4G? Not upgrading until and unless it becomes available.


I think it's great that they are finally moving away from the 30 pin connector but why couldn't they have just used a mini-USB like everyone else does. Yes, I know, Apple isn't everyone else. Yes, I know lightening is suppose to have a lot of advantages. Yes, I know there was USB 1.0, USB 2.0, and soon 3.0 but personally, I would have given up the advantages of a new connector to reduce the number of cables I have to have/carry. And even though some speed is lost when I use an old USB connector/cable, at least it works no matter what I plug into.


The new iphone 5 is more

The new iphone 5 is more thinner and bigger. But I think it is lack of innovation and it too expensive. I'm not going to buy it.

Since you keep deleting comments that don't agree with you

I thought I would repost this, as it is 100% spot on:
From Vig the Greek:
Here's a shock, Andrew missed the mark yet again some of his points. Let's deconstruct:

His comment of "Now if only AT&T could do their part to boost the quality and reliability of a phone call." What he fails to remember is that AT&T's quality varies per location. Take me, for example, on the Gulf Coast as well as my permanent home in NJ. In either case, I have never once had a problem with AT&T. The only times I have had lackluster service was in areas that every other carrier had the same issues. I understand that AT&T is not wonderful everywhere, but no carrier is. So let's drop the blanket policies and speak only about areas in which we have personal experience. In mine, AT&T is the most reliable carrier.

You think Apple missed the boat on NFC. Wrong again. NFC has a super slow adoption rate by merchants. Sure, more phones are coming with it, but what is the percentage of places that actually take it? ISIS is going to be the new standard. It is a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile to create a cross-carrier, cross-platform, secure payment framework. Why would Apple include an unfinished ISIS or their own proprietary NFC payment system that people can only use in 1 of 10 places (or less) that they go when they can wait until it's perfected, perfect it on their hardware side and release it to the masses?

I knew Lightning was going to be addressed in a negative light. First of all, Apple had the 30-pin connector for 10 years. There is no other cable that exists in popularity over 10 years. Parallel cables for printers? 9-pin or 25-pin serial connections to peripheral devices? Even USB 1.0 changes. Did you think that the 30-pin would exist in perpetuity? It's not like each year we have to upgrade. Once every 10 is not too bad. Then there's the whole reversible thing, which you gave credit for; good. Have you taken the time to think about WHY this 8-pin connector arrived right now? Do you think that Apple made it because they wanted to? No. With the phone being 18% thinner they were pressed for the space. The 30-pin had to go. So, if they had to change it anyway, they figured they might as well design something awesome. The reversible nature is part of what makes it awesome. Then there's the part that you didn't even mention - the adaptive technology. While a simple Google search will show you the pinout of the 30-pin connector and the static assignments of each pin, you can't find one for Lightning. Why? because you can use each pin as you see fit. Want to make a sled that turns your iPhone 5 into a remote control and change the way Lightning works? Go for it. So, after the initial hump of complaints by uneducated users reading an uneducated blog and making growing negative for no real reason, 3rd party manufacturers will be able to use this new port in ways they never could before. Expect peripheral devices you've never even considered in about 7-8 months. And keep bitching about the price tag. I'm sure it'll be available on eBay for $5 before long.

So, as per usual, this blog is half thought through with no due diligence, fact checking or real analysis. It's slanted and incomplete, making it the irresponsible journalism we've come to know and love and expect from Andrew and Retrevo.


Give me a break

I understand service is going to vary by location but I'm not the first person to say that ATT has inferior coverage and call integrity compared to Verizon. 

By the way,ISIS uses NFC and they are just another party trying to grab the mobile wallet transaction fee. I still say NFC is a useful technology not just for contactless payment. 

Yeah, I'll keep an open mind on the new connector, I hadn't heard anything about the pins being programmable - an interesting concept although I could see how that could create havoc in  the add-on market. I do think this new connector is a message from Apple that says connectivity will not be so much over cables as it will be over the air.

Not sure what I ever did to Vig but he sure seems to have it in for me. I welcome discussions on any of my articles all I ask is a little civility and respect.  

Oh, and by the way the only comments we delete are comment spam. 




NFC is coming to rural Saskatchewan and we've been notified of such already by the banks. How can the rest of you in Yankeeville be so far behind the times? NFC isn't here yet. Right. Try they couldn't do it on the cheap-cheap at Apple and you might be half way there.

in your little world

in your little world people are happy to pay 100s of $ for a phone that is behind others in many aspects from a company that only develops one single phone (and therefore should get that one right).
In your little world people are happy to pay $29 for a connector adapter that costs to Apple much less than $1, just becase they believe the best strategy for their company is to rip off as much as they can from their customers because they can (I want to see how this will pay back when people will finally realize what they are paying for.
In your little world people are gullable enough to believe great marketing instead of looking to the facts (ie Apple has the innovative upload of pictures to Facebook directly from the photo app making people believe to be unique while Android and BlackBerrys had that for the last 18 months).
I'm glad you are happy living in your little world....but stop writing about it, I have no intention to come anywhere near.

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Honestly changing the charging cable was dumb. They could have just made a faster version of the same cable. Loyal
Apple users will bend over backwards as slaves to technology usually do. Claiming that Apple products are so great
But honestly the phone has a few new features. If I were you id wait until it goes down in price. Otherwise you just be waiting
In line for the same phone you waited for last time. Is used to be apples standard for a free spirit attitude. It's more like the line of the destitute
Waiting for another scoop of porridge. Both Apple and Microsoft keep taking away the things that we like about our products to force us to adapt to their ways.
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Honestly changing the charging cable was dumb. They could have just made a faster version of the same cable. Loyal
Apple users will bend over backwards as slaves to technology usually do. Claiming that Apple products are so great
But honestly the phone has a few new features. If I were you id wait until it goes down in price. Otherwise you just be waiting
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I know that's not me up there wasting my time waiting for a piece of garbage..

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