Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2012 19:13 UTC
Apple As expected, Apple announced its new iPhone tonight, dubbed the iPhone 5. The rumours and leaks nailed it, with the most prominent feature being the move from 3.5" to 4" (1136x640). Due to the way iOS handles resolutions, applications need to be adapted for this new display, and if they are not, they will be letterboxed (black bars). It has a faster processor, better camera, LTE, and several other improvements, while the. As always, Apple does it right: shipping 21 September in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore - the rest of the world will follow later.
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I like the reduced weight....
by Alexandre on Wed 12th Sep 2012 23:08 UTC
Alexandre
Member since:
2008-10-30

.... but this is iphone catching up:
- screen aspect ratio
- screen size
- lte
- goodbye heavy breakable glass
- screen resolution
- smaller connector
...

I'm afraid battery will be nothing to rave about, and it's an important part (adding an important chunk to the cost) of every mobile device.

Anyway lumia 920 weight will be more relevant now, because a new iphone is always the coolest thing around :p

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I believe IP5 approach to increasing screen real estate is the most sensible from the point of their existing audience. They didn't expand the width bc that would compromise the typing efficiency (which is the golden standard in mobile phones imo). And in the world of IPhone that trumps portrait web browsing, not to say Apple wants you use IOS apps to access most of web.
For those (me) that want portrait browsing over one handed use Samsung has 2 excellent slabs. Overall I'm ok with that.

Of course on the SW part their letter-boxing solution is laughably lame. The irony is that Android style layout managers would manage to cope with this better than they do in usual Samsung or HTC phone res extensions (i.e. both dimensions). Apple inspired skeuphomorphic design, based on full background textures and assumed aspect ratios makes matters even worse.
Apple could at least leave an option to utilize the black bar for something useful, like task switching (or Win8 like, 2 apps on a screen approach), richer notifications or a better clock.

What I'm really missing is the fingerprint reader embedded in a button. On the other hand that means Apple didn't patent this wonderful idea. Hope Samsung (who looks to be determined on preserving HW buttons) will take that soon.

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