I have family that asked my opinion, before the iPhone 5 event, of what was likely to happen after the iPhone 5 event. I have said that based on past experience:
- The phone is likely to have many innovative features that are attractive to users.
- Some media folks would croon over the phone and love it
- Some media folks would surely state that the features are "old" and that some android phone or phones have had such features or better for a while and that the iPhone 5 is out-of-date and android is better and... (it can go on and on)
- The stock might take a bit of a dive.
- Sales of the new phone would be huge, and this would drive the apple stock price up.
I've sifted through hardware differences:
- 20% thinner, same width, taller - 4.87" (the thinnest smartphone)
- They made it taller but also lighter?
- The new height is supposed to improve the antennae quite a bit.
- 12% less volume
- About 20% lighter
- A new core CPU that is more energy efficient while being 2x faster (it is rumored to be the first truly Apple-designed CPU and is also rumored to run at 1Ghz instead of being "underclocked" to 800Mhz)
- 1Gb RAM (double the previous generation)
- somewhat better battery life with that smaller size and lighter weight
- 4" screen (instead of 3.5" screen) with 16:9 ratio (like a big-screen movie screen)
- 44% deeper color saturation
- the first cell phone to meet the sRGB (see Macrumors sRGB article) - movies will accurately have the colors as chosen by movie makers.
- Thinner without a separate touch layer and offers less glare than ever.
- 3 microphones = better noise cancellation
- Camera changes: (Digital Trends iphone 5 camera article)
- rear camera will use a sapphire crystal to be scratch proof, and is smaller while not losing quality
- front facetime camera now up to HD! From .3 megapixel to 1.2megapixel.
- Support (in one small efficient chip) for newer faster cellular
- network technologies - mainly LTE - which can be VERY fast (often a touted android feature)
- Support in that same chip for better WiFi technologies - finally 5Ghz 802.11n with up to 150Mbps - this Macworld article says it well.
- newer better headphones - here's a link to a decent Macworld earbud article
- lightning connector - the new cable plug is small, and has the advantage of being able to be plugged in either way. Many are panning the new cable for a variety of reasons (expensive adapters, not adhering to the standard of using micro usb). I will wait and see what comes of this.
The main trend I see is this: Apple is truly innovating and trying to provide hardware that will delight, amaze, and provide long-term value to users:
- Apple refused to support LTE and 5Ghz WiFi until chipsets supporting low power use were available.
- They made their phone thinner and lighter out while also making it better!
- The new manufacturing process fits the best parts from among over 700 together. That's picky.
- iPhone materials hold up over time. Even a 4+ year old iPhone 3 feels pretty good, and Apple chose to move away from a plastic case long ago.
Later I'll preview iphone 5 with IOS6 features.