Sep 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm #1294008
"now 20% lighter"Sep 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm #1911642
Dan DurstonBPL Member
Yup…..38 grams saved (112g vs. 140g). Nice device.Sep 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm #1911645
@m-lLocale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Apple Inc on Wednesday unveiled the iPhone 5, saying it's thinner and lighter than the previous model, even though it has a bigger screen.
Apple marketing head Phil Schiller unveiled the the year's most eagerly awaited phone at an Apple event in San Francisco.
The release is expected to help Apple recapture attention and revenue after it lost the lead in smartphones to Samsung this year.
As expected, the iPhone 5 screen is taller than on the iPhone 4S, making room for another row of icons.
Schiller said the screen is 18 per cent thinner and 20 per cent lighter because of new technology that eliminates a separate touch-sensing layer in the screen. The new phone is made entirely of glass and aluminium. It has a bigger screen, measuring 4 inches diagonally.
The iPhone 5 will also come with the capability to connect to the fastest new wireless data networks, both in the U.S. and overseas. That's another feature that was widely expected.
Sales of Apple's iPhones are still strong. Samsung Electronics Co. benefited from having its Galaxy S III out in the U.S. in June, while Apple was still selling an iPhone model it released last October.
Amid expectations of a new iPhone, Amazon, Nokia and Motorola all tried to generate interest in their products last week, hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales.
Makers of consumer electronics also are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season.
One big change: The new iPhone is getting a new connector to attach to computers and chargers. It had been using the same one from the iPod. Schiller said the old connector has "served us well for nearly a decade, but so much has changed."
That means the new iPhone won't be compatible with old accessories, though Schiller said accessory makers are already working to update their products. Apple will sell an adapter to work with older accessories.
Also as expected, Apple is releasing a new version of its phone software, iOS 6. It will have a new mapping software, as Apple ditches the one from Google it had been using. The new software will have turn-by-turn voice navagation – a feature Google had limited to Android versions of its mapping app.
Apple said the phone's virtual assistant, Siri, will be giving the directions.Sep 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm #1911648
edit: looks like apple split from google and now have their own maps
I'm thinking Apple and BPL members should team up to create 'Google Trail View'. Ya know like street view but for trails.. They just need to strap those backpack mounted 360 cameras to a bunch of us for a summer. They could change the little yellow man you drag on to the map for street view to a little yellow man with a backpack a trekking polls.Sep 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm #1911675
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@jamesprepatripLocale: SF Bay Area
I know some people over at Google and every time I mention that they said they have a small team working on that during their 20% project. Who knows what will come of it tho!Sep 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm #1911718
@oiboyroiLocale: South West US
Something like this?
And the Iphone 5 looks nice but I dunno if its nice enough to get me to upgrade.Sep 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm #1911742
lol, yep just like that.Sep 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm #1911856
Under 4oz and an upgraded camera (on one that was already one of the best out there)…
Battery life and screen size are the only things holding me back.
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