Yes you’re reading it right. iPhone 5 is here (almost) and we can expect to see people trading off their ‘old’ 4GS in order to get Apple’s now expensive toy. What I deem as interesting however is, in a move that was seemingly unlike Apple, they introduced a phone with 4″ display, breaking the tradition of the 3.5″ that comes with the previous models. However instead of making the phone bigger in both width and length to accommodate this new display size, unlike Android phones, Apple choose to retain the width as the last model, resulting in a noticeable longer phone than its predecessors, and that itself resulting in people mocking the future iPhones will become even longer, in the similar way people ‘praising’ the “super phone” Nokia 3310 (though in the case of Nokia 3310 it was done in a way of giving it a credit for being a real tough phone).
Anyway I must praise Apple for being able to fit a resolution of 1136×640 into such as ‘small’ display real estate while most Android phones only manage to have ‘only’ 1024×600 on a similar display size. Well for me a pixel density of 250 to 300 dpi is enough to make the texts on such display feel like they’re on printed media. Therefore a few more pixel per inch is not really necessary but only looks more like marketing bait rather than being a really useful feature. In other words it doesn’t add anything to the phone’s functionality. However I must again praise Apple for being able to keep the price as the same as iPhone 4GS despite the improvements on this new model which includes LTE as well.
Speaking of LTE now must say Apple is no leader in technology as we’ve seen Android phones equipped with 4G/LTE/WiMax around for quite some time now, although they were the first to bring Thunderbolt to consumers from their latest MacBooks. I guess this was related to them trying to find a workaround to implement LTE as not to violate any patent. IN the Malay tradition, there was a saying “afraid of own shadow” which literally means one is afraid of being a backfired by his own wrongdoings. Apple indeed created many enemies resulted from the lawsuits they filed all these times so it is no wonder if they are worried about it biting back at them again. And by the time of writing I heard Samsung is ready to file a lawsuit against Apple for violating their LTE patents.
This iPhone 5 is great but not as groundbreaking as I would expect because from the specs and features as exposed during and after the launch, it only made me think “Meh! It’s just yet another iPhone”. In fact I found Nokia’s launching of Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 last week was far more interesting and “feels closer to my hand” than this iPhone. Now I’m waiting for Apple’s next announcement/launch related to the rumor “closer to the truth” about the iPad Mini. For this I think one could mock it as “the real oversized iPod” and if there was a 3G model one could even say “iPod 3G”. By the way I think I’ll just ignore the iPad Mini because I am actually looking forward to the launching of Microsoft Surface next month. Maybe the MS Surface won’t have a 3G/4G model at launch but I think that’s OK since it has full-sized USB ports and it’s Windows-powered so there’s a high chance that the currently available USB 3G dongles could work on it as well.