iPhone 5 bits and bobs

Apple introduced the iPhone 5 today, and I’m itching to get one. I’ve been poking around Apple’s site to find interesting tidbits about the new iPhone 5. Here are a few thoughts and observations.

  1. Apple no longer sells an iPhone without a Retina display. The low-end model is now the iPhone 4.
  2. Mountain Lion will get the new iTunes. Apple notes that the iPhone 5 requires 10.6.8 (or later) and iTunes 10.7 (or later).
  3. Speaking of, note that Apple calls it “The New iTunes,” not “iTunes 11.”
  4. Nice weight loss. The iPhone 5 weighs 3.95 ounces (112 grams), while the 4S is 4.9 ounces (140 grams). Many of those who held one today noted how very light it is.
  5. The iPhone 5 does indeed use a nano-SIM and, Apple notes, “iPhone 5 is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards.”
  6. The front-facing FaceTime camera has received some welcome updates. The “VGA-resolution” iPhone 4’s unit has been replaced with one capable of capturing 1.2MP photos and 720p HD video. Plus, there’s a “backside illumination sensor,” though I’m not sure what that is.
  7. The taller battery delivers impressive performance. According to Apple, users can expect up to 8 hours browsing time on LTE, up to 8 hours on 3G and up to 10 hours over Wi-Fi. Total standby time is listed as 225 hours.  The iPhone 4S delivered  up to 6 hours browsing on 3G, up to 9 hours over Wi-Fi and total standby time up to 200 hours. Better performance from a more power-hungry device. Well done, Apple.

As for the color, the white/silver model looks fantastic. It reminds me of the original iPhone case, which I loved. Boy, was that a good-looking device.

I haven’t used one yet, of course, but I’m quite eager to upgrade. That’s a darn good-looking phone.

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