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iPhone Comparison

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iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPhone 5
Height, Width and Depth H: 4.5 inches

W: 2.31 inches

D: 0.37 inches

H: 4.5 inches

W: 2.31 inches

D: 0.37 inches

H: 4.87 inches

W: 2.31 inches

D: 0.30 inches

Weight 4.8 ounces 4.9 ounces 3.95 ounces
Display 3.5″ widescreen  display, fingerprint resistant coating on front and back 3.5″ widescreen display, fingerprint resistant coating on front and back 4.0″ widescreen display, fingerprint resistant coating on front
Resolution Retina Display:

960 x 640 pixels at 326ppi

Retina Display:

960 x 640 pixels at 326ppi

Retina Display:

1136 x 640 pixels at 326ppi

Battery Lithium-ion battery

Talk time: up to 7 hours on 3G

Lithium-ion battery

Talk time: up to 8 hours on 3G

Lithium-ion battery

Talk time: up to  8 hours on 3G

Cellular 3G 3G 4G LTE
Wireless 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth 4.0

802.11a/b/g/n

Bluetooth 4.0

Processor A4 Dual-Core A5 A6 (22% smaller than A5, twice the performance of the A5)
Dock Connector 30-pin 30-pin Lightning
Voice Assistant Voice Control Siri Siri
Speakers One One One
Camera (Front and Back) Front: VGA photos and videos up to 30 frames per second

Back: 5MP photos, 720p HD videos, LED flash

Front: VGA photos and videos up to 30 frames per second

Back: 8MP photos, 1080p HD videos, LED flash

Front: 1.2MP photos and HD 720p videos up to 30 frames per second

Back: 8MP photos, 1080p HD videos, LED flash

Other Features Photo and video geotagging, tap to focus video or still images, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor Face detection in still images, video stabilization, photo and video geotagging, autofocus and tap to focus video or still images, panorama, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor Face detection in video and still images, improved video stabilization, photo and geotagging, tap to focus video or still images, panorama, take photos while using video camera, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Prices (at the US Apple Store) $0 with new 2 year contract, $450 without contract (unlocked) $99 with new 2 year contract, $549 without contract (unlocked) $199 for 16GB with new 2 year contract, $649 without contract (unlocked)

$299 for 32GB with new 2 year contract, $749 without contract (unlocked)

$399 for 64GB with new 2 year contract, $849 without contract (unlocked)

Storage 8GB (new);

16GB, 32GB, 64GB (used)

16GB (new);

32GB, 64GB (used)

16GB, 32GB, 64GB (new)
Pros The price is low, has a great back camera on it, features the Retina display, can be updated to iOS 6 It’s the best iPhone 4 model there will ever be, it has the Retina display, Siri, fast dual-core A5 chip, comes in 16GB new, low price, excellent back camera Very slim, Retina display and taller screen allows apps more room, Siri, very fast A6 chip, front and back camera are excellent, works on 4G LTE
Cons Does not have Siri, feels very slow compared to iPhone 5, can only buy 8GB now, front camera is not very good, Antennagate Feels heavy, front camera still is VGA-quality, not 4G LTE compatible, The black model tends to scratch easily, hard to use one handed, small purple haze when taking pictures of the sun, antenna sucks, more could have been added to it

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New iPhone Concept

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Apple is a really great innovative company that is now becoming (unfortunately) predictable in the sense that we know what products they will release this year and what they will roughly look like. Not only we know, but so do Apple’s competitors. Samsung, Google, etc. can expect a new iPhone this year with the same design. So if Apple keeps this up: a new redesign every 2 years and a upgrade to the internal components every other year, then there won’t be much to look forward to. Apple needs to blow our minds again and create a product so different than anything they have ever made. They need to recreate the iPhone again.

The iPhone has had roughly the same design since it was launched in 2007. For starters, it had a rounded back for the first 3 generations then changed to a flat box like back for next 3 generations. Applications have always remained squares with rounded edges, there’s a limit to either 20 or 16 spots on the first page (depending on the iPhone you have) and you can’t customize the apps at all by not putting them in the strict grid that Apple has set on each screen (without jail breaking). It seems like the iPhone doesn’t share much design qualities as other Apple products.

Apple needs to create a new iPhone that has a brand new design (throw out the previous designs), start from scratch and really innovate something that will blow away the competition.

So my idea (we can call it iPhone) is just that. It’s by no means perfected, but it’s something to definitely look into.

Please note that everything that follows are not all completely my idea. I used their concepts as an inspiration for my idea. The iPhone design based on the iPod nano is a concept idea by Federico Ciccarese of ciccaresedesign and the multitasking concept is a real jailbreak by a forum member at The Verge

My iPhone:
Design
The outside would be similar to that of the iPod nano. It would have a flat back and be very slim. The metal ring that has existed on the iPhone since it was created would be gone. The sides of the iPhone would be curved like the nano. I personally think we could do away with the home button, but for this one we can keep it at the bottom. It would come in multiple colors too, such as green, pink, blue, black, white, etc.

The camera would be at least 10MP if not more, 5 lens and all that existing camera stuff. The screen would be full on HD and it could be called Retina HD. It would be a higher pixels per inch number that way everything, no matter how far you are from the screen, it would look great.

Interface
The apps would no longer be squares with rounded edges. They wouldn’t need to have a strict shape (like on the Mac), the iTunes app could be circular and the mail app could be square-like. It would be very customizable and not have to align to the strict grid, either. Currently on the iPhone there is a Spotlight Search screen and then X number pages of apps to follow. My idea would add an additional page between the Search and the pages of apps. It would be called Dashboard (like the Mac) and it would allow the user to add widgets on to this page. There could be a widget for weather, music, google searching, etc.

Also the home screen and lock screen would adjust to landscape view (like the iPad). Current iPhone things like folders and multitasking would still be existent, but they would be recreated as well. Apple should look to the jailbreaking community to find ideas about how to do this. There’s a great multitasking jailbreak that would be amazing to actually see on the iPhone. Apple should definitely look into this.

Apple would need to make it easier to adjust Settings, like Wi-Fi, screen brightness and Bluetooth. At least give Siri permission to adjust these. She’s a big girl, she should be able to turn Wi-Fi on and off herself.

This iPhone would be a complete redesign for the next 3 generations. It would allow the user lots of customization, without needing to jailbreak. This would completely change the iPhone again (but in real terms).

Here are some pictures (I didn’t create them, though) of the potential new iPhone:

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2013 Expectations

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Hi, so here we go. It’s the last two days of 2012 and Apple has gave us a great year full of products. We saw new MacBooks (Air and Pros, some featuring Retina), a very very thin iMac, the new iPad (3rd generation), the iPad with Retina (4th generation), the iPad mini (but still every inch an iPad, well except the Retina part), iPhone 5, iOS 6, Mountain Lion for Mac, iTunes 11 (and other new software) and new redesigned iPods. It was overall a great year for Apple (minus the current stock price and Maps fail.)

However, we expect 2013 to be the best year yet at Apple. There’s a lot of products on my wish list to come out this coming year (such as the iTV and iWatch) and then there’s the expectations of what will come out. Apple has become predictable on some fronts. So here are my expectations for 2013 (in no particular order.). Enjoy!

    Apple Expectations for 2013:

1. iPad mini 2
This second generation mini will have the same relative design as the first generation, but it will feature new internal components. It should have a Retina display, perhaps a new higher MP camera, a faster chip and internal components similar to the iPad 3 and 4.

2. iPad with Retina (5th generation)
This iPad probably will feature a completely new design on the outside and on the inside. I mean Apple has kept the iPad relatively similar on the outside for the past 3 generations and it is time for an upgrade. I’m thinking (and this is just pure speculation) a 8MP camera, lightning port (well this one is a gimme), thinner form and perhaps something like the current mini, better front camera and really fast internal components.

3. iPhone 5S
Based on Apple’s past generation upgrades for the iPhone, it should be called the iPhone 5S and have the same similar design as the current iPhone 5. It will be the best iPhone 5 ever. The cameras may see an upgrade, the internal components will be upgraded too and it will allow the 4S owners to get a new iPhone. It may even feature NFC!!! I’m really looking forward to the “iPhone 6” (the 8th generation iPhone) because Apple can’t really make the phone any bigger but we will see.

4. iOS 7
This is going to happen no matter what. A new operating system for iDevices has been coming out every year since the beginning of time (or well since the iPhone.) I have no idea what it will feature, but it should at least have a new updated and better version of Apple Maps. It will probably be announced at WWDC 2013 in the Summer and be released in the Autumn.

5. new iPods
The forms on the newest iPods should stay relatively the same, but there might be some tweaks on the internal components. The current generation of the iPod touch will probably get an internal makeover to be something like the iPhone 5S. I’m still pushing for 3G/4G LTE on the touch, but people may argue that it would be too similar to the iPhone.

6. Some random cat OS 10.9 for the Mac
I have no idea what this will feature but it will be something along the lines of making iOS and the OS for the Mac very similar. Siri and Maps may even be put onto the Mac. However it won’t be a failure like Microsoft did for Windows 8.

7. new Macs (meaning the Mac mini and the Mac Pro)
One of these will produced in the United States and I really don’t know much about either of them. I’m more of an iDevice geek.

    Wish List for 2013:
  • iTV (like the Apple TV, but bigger and 50″ or so)
  • iWatch (see rumors section for more information)
  • iCar (features an iPad sized Retina touch screen to control the heat, etc. and super high tech)
  • Widgets for iOS (this is more like a dream)
  • I’m sure 2013 will be full of Apple Awesomeness! Only a few more days and we will find out :). Here’s to 2013 and to the crazy ones, the ones who change the world.

    Merry Christmas!!

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    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from me this season. May all your Apple wishes comes true and enjoy the next few days with iDevices, family and friends 🙂

    By the way, it’s never too late to get an eGift Card for iTunes. You can do it at apple.com (which redirects to iTunes if viewing on an iDevice) or on the Apple Store app.

    I’ll update my blog after Christmas 🙂

    iDevices with Siri

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    So you may be wondering (perhaps) as to which iDevices have Siri and which do not? I’m here to set the record straight.

    Has Siri:
    – iPhone 4S, 5
    – iPad 3rd generation, iPad with Retina (4th generation) and iPad mini
    – iPod touch (new 4inch screen)

    Does Not Have Siri:
    – iPhone Original, 3G, 3GS, 4 (has Voice Control and can do basic tasks, like playing songs, calling contacts, facetiming, etc.
    – iPod shuffle (has VoiceOver and can tell you the name of a song)
    – iPad Original, 2
    – iPod touch, with smaller screens
    – iPod nano

    I highly suggest any Siri devices this Christmas. Siri is quite special 🙂