Thursday, September 13, 2012

Upgrade your iPhone4/4s to iPhone 5?

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Apple has just announced the release of the new iPhone 5. “But I just bought my iPhone 4s yesterday together with all the funky cases and different usb cables!”, you say. Well you probably didn’t heed our advice

At least you still have time to atone for deeds and think about upgrading. If you’re living in the US, the iPhone 5 won't be around until the 21st. But if you’re getting one here in the Philippines, you may still have even more time to ditch your iPhone 4s because, as of the moment, they're still mum about the release..

But the real question is not "when?", but "why?"

Here’s a summary of the notable new features of iPhone 5:

1.     Taller, thinner, and lighter. It now has a 4-inch screen (now with 5 rows of apps on the screen), is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4/4s.
2.     Battery time is a little longer thanks in part to the upgraded A6 chip that puts most applications on a power diet.
3.     iOs 6 will update all built-apps to fit the new display size. Some 3rd party apps that won’t update will just have black borders on each side.
4.     Everything is faster. Internet usage should be faster since LTE connection or 4G will now be available, but it will still depend on how your network providers will deliver. You'll get the same snazzy game graphics but with less loading time latency.
5.     The Lightning. It is the new cable connector/charger. It is smaller than the old one, but you don’t have to throw your old connectors away because Apple will be selling a Lightning to 30-pin adaptor for your old cables. That's if you can stomach its $29 retail price.
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6.     EarPods. Apple says it’s a breakthrough in-ear type of headphones that will fit comfortably and stay inside your ears. We’ll still have to see about that.
7.     Better camera, new and improved apps, new iTunes interface, a smarter Siri, and a whole lot of other surprises to keep you on your toes. They had us at the smarter Siri, though.

Online prices are $199, $299, and $399 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB respectively. We say, if you have the budget, go switch. Key upgrades here are the new screen size, Lightning and the earpods. With these new features, all accessories will also upgrade to keep up with the new iPhone like the cases, chargers, speakers, battery extenders, etc. Most likely, the next generations will have the same screen and cable connector, so if ever Apple announces an iPhone 5s or 6, your accessories won’t be so old and you can wait out for the next couple of new iPhone models.

If you have a tight budget, now is the perfect time to buy accessories for your current iPhone because prices will surely drop.

Other notable products announced are the bigger iPod Nano (that can’t be worn as a wristwatch anymore), and the thinner iPod Touch with the same screen size as the iPhone 5, with new color options aside from black and white, a LED flash, and --- wait for it --- Siri!   

Unlike what we advised before, the rumors of an iPad Mini wasn't confirmed. But we are not losing hope because Apple fanatics and gadget experts think that Apple will have another product announcement by October. So, fingers crossed 
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just noticed the photos are the iPod touch 5th gen. I would be better if the photos are the iphone 5 to give some clarifications.