New iPhone, Slimmer and Lighter
With everything else Apple’s smart phones have to offer, it makes one wonder how they could possibly make improvements over last year’s technology. The iPhone 4 has a built in camera for taking high-resolution “retina display” photographs, shoots videos that may be uploaded directly to U-Tube, plays iTunes, browses the web, sends and receives e-mail, and receives visual voice mail. Other functions, such as games, GPS navigation and social networking may be obtained by downloading and enabling applications. It would seem Apple had all the bases covered, but it decided to take it a step further for the year.
The new iPhone 5, which debuted in early September, is slimmer and lighter; so slim, it hardly makes a dent in the pocket, and twenty percent lighter than its predecessor, at 112 grams, making it one of the lightest smart phones on the market. While it slimmed down, it also grew taller, giving it a larger four-inch view screen. The iPhone 5 has also replaced its 30-pin connector with an all-digital lightening connector, giving the user faster downloads.
Among other noticeable improvements, the iPhone 5 includes such as speakerphone and noise cancelling qualities, turn-by-turn navigation, a smarter Siri, and a location aware digital wallet application for storing documents like gift cards, boarding passes and tickets. The gorilla glass in back is gone, replaced by thin sheet aluminum. In landscape mode, the text appears bigger because the page width stretches out, allowing an extra word or two on a line. The virtual keyboard is also a bit stretched out, which may take some getting used to at first, unless the user is one of those who complained of the cramped typing space.
For all around coverage, the extra screen size is more advantageous and comfortable for the user. Videos retain greater clarity, as do photos and text. The new iPhone 5 also accommodates Kindle, for leisurely e-book reading, which means readers will greatly appreciate the longer screen. What’s the drawback of Apple’s new smart phone? The user may become so busy applying apps, he or she will never be able to speak directly; only leave a message.