5 Things you may not know about the iPhone 5
- It has 4G (LTE) - This iPhone is fast, besides including a faster processor it also has 4G capabilities which will allow this iPhone to stream music, play videos, load webpages, load apps up to 10x faster within a good 4G area. With this new wireless technology it is vital that you buy the right model iPhone for compatibility with your local network. Yes you read correct, this is the first iPhone to have variants of the same model. There are two GSM models called the A1428 and the A1429 and a CDMA model called the A1429. If you are desperate to buy your iPhone overseas to be used on Australian networks make sure you buy the A1429 (GSM) from any of these countries: Germany, UK, Japan (GSM), Korea or Singapore.
- It is using a newer and smaller sim technology called Nano-Sim - Apple had applied for Nano-Sim approvals in June with the European Telecommunications Institue and they were successful. But why Nano-Sim you ask? Is it to annoy us? No, but yes it probably will. You will struggle to find a good quality convertor for a nano-sim to micro-sim or nano-sim to sim but don’t surprised if you see some after market solutions. The reason for Nano-Sim is simple, the less space used in the iPhone creates more space for new technologies.
…as with any new Apple feature they show the world what can be done with a smartphone and they do it well…
- It has HD voice - This is not very well known, but HD-Voice is brilliant. HD-Voice essentially allows two people with HD-Voice enabled phones to speak with each other over a crystal clear line. The sound of the call is so crisp and clean it sounds like the person on the other end is standing behind you. Don’t fret, as with most technologies Apple is not the first to HD Voice. Any of your friend using popular Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, HTC One XL on Telstra (only) will be speaking to you using HD voice once you get your iPhone 5.
- It is using a new dock connector after 9 years – Lightning. This change was inevitable, after 9 years the 30 pin dock connector is being retired. Apple had innovated, innovated and then innovated on this again but the 30 pin connector has always been fiddly and easy to break. The new lightning dock connector should allow for newer technologies and easier connectivity. (You should theoretically know be able to put your iPhone on charge in the dark.)
- It can take still photos while you record video - For all the Android fan boys who are about to tell me that Apple is way behind the 8 ball with this, you are right. But as with any new Apple feature they show the world what can be done with a smartphone and they do it well, it many ways their features behind behind markets the newer Androids even better. This feature speaks for itself and will definitely be one that I use.