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Apple Employees Freaking Out Over Release Of iPhone 5

Amazingly, this happens every time there’s a big new release. It’s like the nerdy gusto of Mars Curiosity’s landing team, but with a corporate mandate. (Again, they’re required to do this, so don’t judge them too harshly.)

By Jessica Testa

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Stockholm

Swedish fans didn’t really know how to react to the employees’ enthusiasm.

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Watch What Happens When an iPhone 5 Is Glued to the Ground

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Gadget geeks scrambled to Apple stores around the world Friday to get their hands on the iPhone 5. If you didn’t dedicate yourself to standing in line at 2 a.m. (or do the smart thing and order online), you might still luck out and find one just laying in the street.

That’s what happened to people strolling through a busy square in Amsterdam, but it was a little too good to be true.

SEE ALSO: ‘Leaked’ iPhone 5 Video Reveals Radical New Design 

A couple of Dutch pranksters glued the prized smartphone to the ground and recorded what happened.

Bigger Screen

The most noticeable change in the new iPhone is its larger, 4-inch screen. The display actually isn’t any wider than the previous one, but instead extends length-wise to a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its resolution is 1,136 x 640 pixels — that’s not quite high-def, but it still has the same pixel density — what Apple calls a retina display. The taller screen allows for five rows of apps (plus the permanent row on the bottom), and Apple says its colors are better, too.

LTE

The iPhone 5 is the first iPhone with LTEconnectivity, and it’s going to work on the networks of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, as well as many others across the globe. To accommodate so many different LTE bands, Apple had to split the iPhone 5 into three different models, only one of which works on CDMA networks. That’s a departure from the “world phone” approach of the iPhone 4S, but at least Apple was able to integrate both the LTE and voice radios into the same chip, saving space in the device.

Lightning Connector

The 30-pin dock connector, which has been on Apple portable devices since 2003, is now obsolete, replaced with the much smaller Lightning connector, the name being a play on the Thunderbolt connector on Apple’s Macs. Apple says it’s 80% smaller than the old dock connector, and had the extra advantage of being reversible (no more “getting it wrong” the first time you try to insert it). Of course, the new jack means many old accessories won’t work with the iPhone 5 — unless you buy Apple’s $29 adapter, that is. Even if you do, the adapters don’t support exporting video, so you’re stuck with AirPlay for that.

Thinner Design

All this beautiful new technology means Apple was able to shave off a couple of millimeters of thickness. Thanks in part to the new connector, the combined-radio chip and integrating touch electrodes right into the pixels, the iPhone 5 is just 0.3 of an inch thick. It’s also lighter, weighing just under 4 ounces.

Enhanced Siri

Siri‘s learned a trick or two with iOS 6, and is now able to launch apps and understand things like sports scores. Siri can even post tweets and and Facebook updates for you. She’s also conquering new territory by coming to the new iPod touch.

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iPhone 5 Gets Gushing Early Reviews

Apple’s iPhone 5 receives nothing but glowing early reviews. Everyone who’s used it loves the bigger screen and LTE, but dings Apple Maps as inferior to Google’s navigation app.

By Eric Zeman 

Walter Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal was first out of the gate with his review of the Apple iPhone 5. Mr. Mossberg typically likes Apple’s smartphones, and his opinion of the iPhone 5 is pretty high.

“Unlike many competitors, this isn’t a plastic, insubstantial-feeling device,”wrote Mossberg. “The iPhone 5 retains Apple’s trademark, solid-feeling, metal construction, with an aluminum back this time, instead of a glass back. Like many Apple products, it’s gorgeous.”

Mossberg lauded the iPhone’s new display, which fits more content, and heaped praise on the LTE radio, which scored blistering download speeds. He also pointed out that the device is significantly faster than previous models, takes better pictures (especially in the dark), and still manages to provide impressive battery life.

The biggest detraction for the iPhone 5 isn’t the hardware, but Apple’s custom-developed mapping program. I have to agree with Mr. Mossberg’s assessment. I’ve been testing Apple Maps in iOS 6 for several weeks, and it simply doesn’t offer the same, streamlined experience afforded by Google Maps. It gets the job done, but falls short of the features available to Android and Windows Phones.

In his conclusion, Mossberg forgave Apple’s decision to leave out NFC and inductive charging, noting that these technologies are hardly commonplace.

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SlashGear’s Vincent Nguyen also heaped praise on the new iPhone.

“Apple has come up with a phone that’s thinner and more flexible in how it can be used, without sacrificing the features of the iPhone 4S,” wrote Nguyen. “True, it doesn’t tick every possible box on the spec sheet, but what it does deliver is a sensible compromise of day-to-day usability in both hardware and form-factor.”

Nguyen points out phone calls are noticeably clearer in the earpiece. He was also particularly impressed with how well the iPhone 5’s camera can stitch together panoramas. Nguyen believes that the Apple faithful will be extremely pleased with the device, though it may not be enough to bring back those who’ve defected to Android devices.

The title of TechCrunch’s review, penned by admitted Apple freak MG Siegler, is “With iPhone 5, Apple Has Chiseled The Smartphone To Near Perfection.” Yeah, MG likes it.

He leads off his review by stating, “I’ve had the opportunity to play around with the latest iPhone for the past several days. I won’t beat around the bush: it’s fantastic. Of course, you’re probably expecting me to say that. But that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. The fact of the matter is, you can either listen to me or lose out. You’re going to want this phone.”

MG praises pretty much every feature of the iPhone 5. Most importantly, he notes that anyone who’s still holding onto an iPhone 4 (not the iPhone 4S) is going to be immensely pleased with the iPhone 5 as an upgrade.

Engadget’s Tim Stevens heaped superlatives for the device, too.

“At 112 grams it’s 20% lighter than the 4S, a figure that doesn’t seem like it would make much of an impact,” wrote Stevens. “It does–so much so that it’s the lightness, not the bigger display or the thinness, that nearly everybody praises when first getting a chance to hold the iPhone 5 in their own hands.”

Stevens didn’t care all that much for the Lightning connector, though. Sure, he thought it was easier to slip the plug in and out, but it doesn’t boost data transfer speeds at all because it is stuck with USB 2.0. No USB 3.0, nor Thunderbolt.

One theme common to all the reviews? Each says the iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet.

The iPhone 5 goes on sale Friday, September 21. The 16 GB version costs $199, the 32 GB version costs $299, and the 64 GB version costs $399, all contingent upon a two-year wireless contract. All versions come in black or white.

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More iPhone 5 Lightning / 30-Pin Adapter Details Surface

By Bob Bhatnagar

Connector details continue to surface ahead of the iPhone 5 arrival next Friday. One of the biggest questions facing Apple was how to implement a smaller dock connector to replace the aging 30-pin design in service since 2003. We already know the Lightning 8-pin dock connector will be 80 percent smaller and completely reversible.

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As it turns out, Apple decided to go with the Lightning proprietary design over micro-USB because the USB cables lack functionality. Engineers believed the disadvantages of losing the standard cable format would be outweighed by additional connectivity made possible by the Lightning cable, giving third-party devices more possibilities.

Another concern that required Lightning is the fact that small micro-USB 5-pin connectors are not capable of handling the amperage required to charge the iPad. Apple also stands to make additional revenues licensing third-party accessories, and selling adapters and cables.

Specifications of the cable and the Lightning to 30-pin adapter are already in the hands of accessorydevelopers. The question most iPhone 5 owners will face is whether or not their older accessories will operate correctly using the 30-pin adapter. Analog and USB audio out are both supported by the Lightning adapter, however video out is not. Those looking to feed video to an HDMI or VGA input from an iPhone 5 will have to wait for Apple to release cables designed for these purposes.

Some accessories using the feature iPod out may not work properly. iPod out refers to signals that are used by some accessories (including some cars) that make it possible to display menu information from the iOS device on an external screen. Apparently the Lightning to 30-pin adapter will not support iPod out.

When it comes to adapter pricing, they will be sold separately for $29. An 8-inch cable version of the Lightning to 30-pin adapter will also launch for $39. Lightning to USB cables will also be available for $19.

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If You Want To Sell Your Old iPhone Before The iPhone 5 Launches, Try This

by Dylan Love

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It happens every year.

 

Apple gears up for a new iPhone launch, and those of us stuck with an older model are left wondering how we can get rid of it for the maximum amount of money.

Gazelle, a site that lets you sell your old gadgets for real cash, has a pretty good deal going on right now. It’ll quote you a price for your current iPhone and let you keep it until the next iPhone comes out next month. You’re locked into the price quote, so you don’t have to worry about your old iPhone losing value.

For reference, Gazelle is now offering $165 for a 16 GB iPhone 4 in “good” condition, meaning the phone has signs of normal wear and tear.

However, there are a few drawbacks to Gazelle. The company has to inspect your device before it can give you the full amount quoted. The site also tends to buy gadgets for less than you would get if you sold it directly to someone on Craigslist or eBay. (With Gazelle, you’re paying more for the convenience of the service.)

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iPhone 5: 4-Inch Screen Favors HTC Evo 4G LTE, One X Custom Delays

iPhone 5: 4-Inch Screen Favors HTC Evo 4G LTE, One X Custom Delays

Delays for HTC’s Evo 4G LTE and One X Smartphones may just be what Apple needs to further prepare the launch of the iPhone 5.  According to reports, both HTC Smartphones were held by U.S. Customs due to patent infringements with Apple.

HTC was confident that their products are in compliance.  They also assured customers that the company will work to secure approval and get the devices into stores as soon as possible.  Below is the company’s official statement on the issue.

“The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible,” posted HTC.

Apple may be quite delighted with the delays as rival competitors such as HTC and Samsung gobbling up much of the Smartphone market, ones that the iPhones once held.  With swirling speculations regarding the iPhone 5 launch, comparisons with is rival competitors are also building up. This time it is with the android Smartphone HTC One X.

“The problem for Apple is that the HTC One X is already being sold on a carrier that already has the iPhone, while the EVO 4G LTE will be launching on Sprint soon. For every day that someone walks into a Sprint or AT&T store looking for a new Smartphone, the chances of them walking out with a HTC One X or EVO 4G LTE will remain high until Apple announces and comes out with their next gen iPhone,” reports TechAnalyzer.

Rumors have it that the next Apple iPhone will come with a bigger 4-inch display screen than its previous 3.5 inch screen. The HTC One X already come with a 4.7 inch Gorilla Glass Screen display offering richer viewing experiences.  Other competing Smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy 3,Motorola Atrix 2, and Sony Xperia Ion are already boasting 4-inch screens.

iPhone 5 is expected to join the bandwagon alongside a 4G LTE connectivity powered by a 1.5 GHz quadcore A6 processor with 1GB RAM and retina display of 1280 x 720 resolutions. It will also include the newest innovation the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which is already available in One X

Supported with Android 4.0, the HTC One X will be powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core  on 1 GB RAM for its global version while a 1.5 GHz dual-core LTE version will be integrated for US versions.  For certain selected countries, the storage capacity can run up to 32 GB.

HTC One X comes with continuous shooting mode and simultaneous 1080p HD video and 8 mega pixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor. The Smartphone also comes with the Beats Audio giving authentic listening experiences for music, games, and videos.

When Apple launches its next generation iPhone, it can expect to jump into an already saturated and high competitive pool of other top notch Smartphones.  The  HTC One X and  EVO 4G LTE delays may give the iPhone 5 extra time and competitive edge to prepare for its launch later this year.

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