Apple’s iPhone 5 unveiled
That day has arrived, the day most fanboys and girls wait for. The unveiling of the latest iteration of the Apple iPhone.
Aptly named the iPhone 5, this phone is the 6th generation model from the famous fruit named company. And where in previous years it has lead the pack, competition has been gaining. Could they again innovate at pace? Or is the race just moving a bit too fast for the guys from Palo Alto?
Now normally with anything Apple, the preceding weeks and month before a big launch are filled with rumours and pics, even as far as having suppliers and specs. This one was very much the same. Rumours started surfacing very early that Apple would move away from its classic 3.5” screen and improve it to 4”. The next was the incorporation of LTE technology and as you will read below , that was bang on the money.
Here’s the breakdown: The glass and aluminium iPhone 5 sports 4G LTE, a 4-inch Retina display, an upgraded camera, iOS 6, and a fast new A6 chip. It’s also 7.6mm thick and weighs 20 percent less than the iPhone 4S. One of the biggest changes is the new, much-smaller Lightning connector. An adapter will make it work with older connectors, but it’s quite a departure for both consumers and accessory makers. In reality Apple added maybe 2 features and 1 gimmick to the stat sheet. Panorama mode photo anyone?
As you know this, phone is still going to sell in droves, the expectations are high. Apple could sell 170 million iPhone 5 units, according to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, noting that the new device should sell as much as all of the previous generations combined. JP Morgan believes the iPhone 5 could add half a percentage point to the country’s(USA) gross domestic product growth. South Africa should see the phone sometime round December.
Now this may only be my opinion, but I wasn’t left that impressed with the phone (I think maybe the hype got to me). We all knew and expected it to be good. But the pace of innovation has increased and competitor products push the boundary as far as latest tech gimmicks/gadgetry goes. Major competitors have most and more of the specs that latest iPhone incorporates into its armour only now. Not much can be done to make the iPhone 5 better, it’s a great phone. However now, unlike in the past consumers have an array of on par or even better options with which to satisfy they geeky needs.