Apple iPhone 5: What makes it so unique?

first_imgThe wait is almost over as Apple is widely expected to announce a new smartphone, iPhone 5, at an event in San Francisco today. The event is being held in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where Apple has held many product launches.Apple Inc also plans to update its phone software this fall and will ditch Google Inc’s mapping service for its own, as a rivalry between the two companies intensifies.The new model is expected to work with 4G cellular networks. The new model will likely go on sale in a week or two.It is also expected to have a taller screen and the ability to access the latest wireless data networks in the US. Analysts expect it to set sales records.Other unconfirmed reports say Apple will reveal a smaller version of the iPad, taking on competitors like Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire, which have nibbled on the edges of the iPad’s dominance in the tablet category.According to the report on ibtimes.com, French blog nowhereelse.fr, known for publishing alleged iPhone 5 leaks, has just posted what is believed to be the new mini dock connector alongside the current-generation dock connector. The images posted on Saturday indicate the purported 9-inch format is nearly the same size as the Micro USB plug, although there have been rumours it would be thinner and longer.The report says that Apple’ s new plug will feature a refreshed layout in which eight pins are exposed on either side of a metal shell. This shell serves as a ninth contact, and users will no longer have to ensure the connector is right side up when inserting it into a device, it added.The Wall Street Journal recently reported the iPhone 5 will feature 4G LTE networks in the US, Europe, and Asia. However, this functionality may not be available via all carriers immediately at launch.Besides, it is also speculated that iPhone 5 will come equipped with 4G LTE, making it comparable with rival Samsung’s equivalent offering. The South Korea manufacturer released its flagship Galaxy S3 with the fourth-generation speedy Internet feature capability in May.Sales of Apple’s iPhones are still strong, though the company lost the lead in smartphones to Samsung this year. Samsung Electronics Co benefited from having its Galaxy S III out in the US in June, while Apple was still selling an iPhone model released last October.iPhone 5 may face tough competition in smartphone arenaAhead of the hotly-anticipated debut of a next-generation iPhone 5 by Apple, Google and Microsoft have introduced new champions in the competitive smartphone arena.Microsoft and Nokia have joined to boost their smartphone arsenal with two new Lumia handsets, Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, powered by Windows 8 software.It may be noted that several gadgets like Amazon, Nokia and Motorola have made announcements lately as all the devices are trying to generate interest in their products before Apple’s expected announcement of the new iPhone.Analysts are reportedly convinced that demand for the new iPhone is likely to be hot, as many people in the market for handsets have put off purchases to wait for the latest offering from Apple.Once the leader in mobile phones, Nokia has been losing market share as consumers move to smartphones powered by Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating system.What to do with your old iPhone?Here are a few things to do with yours to keep it from meeting that fate once you buy the iPhone 5.1. Give it to your kids so they stop taking yours…Every parent, aunt and uncle knows that no toy in the history of toys has ever been as appealing to a kid as an iPhone. They are shiny, they have games and grown-ups use them for important things. More importantly, they are either off-limits or doled out in limited quantities as a reward for, say, sitting still for a minute. Load up your old iPhone with games and give it to a deserving child in your life.2. …or to your mom so she can finally see the lightAlternately, if a Luddite adult has been thinking of taking the plunge into the world of smartphones, your old iPhone may help him or her get over the hump. If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, you might also find someone who’s still hanging on to an earlier model and give them the gift of an upgrade. You may just buy a friend for life (or at least until iPhone 6 comes out).3. Use it as a teeny-tiny iPadYou’ll be able to watch videos, send email and search Wikipedia for random facts to end cocktail-party disagreements with your decommissioned iPhone – as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. There’s even a camera, which means you can avoid being that guy (or gal) at the concert who’s turning heads for taking photos with an iPad.4. Donate to charitySeveral charities accept old phones for donation, though it’s worth remembering that these groups likely won’t physically give your old phones to people in need. Rather, they work with phone recyclers and sell your donated phones to them.A nonprofit group called Cell Phones for Soldiers will take your “gently used” phone and sell it to recycling company ReCellular. It will then use the proceeds to buy calling cards for soldiers.The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence works with another recycling group in a similar manner. About 60 percent of the phones it collects are refurbished and resold. The money goes toward supporting the coalition. The remaining 40 percent of the phones are recycled, according to the group’s website. It pays for shipping if you are mailing three or more phones.There are a few more suggestions from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8818.html .5. Alarm ClockDo you still use that old radio alarm you bought for your college dorm room in the 20th century? Join the 21st century by turning your old iPhone into an alarm clock. Hide it in a different spot in your bed each night for an added challenge.6. Sell, sell, sell!Join the eBay hordes and sell your phone for a few hundred bucks if you can. There will likely be a flood of the gadgets soon after people start getting their new phones, so it might make sense to wait a little.A company called Gazelle, meanwhile, will make an offer for your old phone based on its condition, your phone carrier and other information. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon Wireless, for example, was recently going for $237 if it’s in good condition and $90 if it’s broken.Glyde.com also offers to help you resell your old phone. A recent check showed the above 4S getting roughly $325 to $350 after fees are deducted – provided there is a buyer. A “speed sale” that guarantees to sell it in seven days will get the seller slightly less money.7. Trade in at GameStopThe video game retailer offers cash or store credit for old iPhones (along with iPods and iPads). The service is only available in stores and not online. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon will get you up to $335 in store credit or up to $268 in cash.8. Stream musicStick that baby in a speaker dock, spring for a Pandora subscription ($36 per year) or Spotify ($10 per month) and bam, you have a stereo.Or try SoundCloud. Although it’s meant to let you create and share music with people, it’s also a good place to listen to DJs you like or discover new ones. TuneIn, meanwhile, will let you listen to online radio stations playing music, sports, news or talk shows.9. Keep as a backup in case you lose your fancy new one.Nearly one-third of cellphone owners have had their gadgets lost or stolen, according to a recent survey from Pew Internet & Pew Internet & American Life Project.10. Use as a cameraAt its core, a decommissioned iPhone is a hard drive with a camera. Snap photos with it. No Canon needed. You can also use the iPhone to move photos and other files from one computer to another.11. Recycle with AppleApple Inc.’s own recycling program will give you an Apple gift card if it is determined to have a “monetary value.” A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S with some light scratches but in good working condition was recently estimated at $280. That’s higher than Gazelle, but you’ll have to spend the money at Apple. The company also accepts broken phones for recycling but you won’t get any money for them.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img