Apple made its long-rumored September 10 event official today, sending out invitations to a select few in business and media. The event will showcase the new iPhone model, which is widely expected to be called the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 5S will be physically similar to the current iPhone5 but will ship with iOS 7 and include upgrades to the camera and processor. There may also be a fingerprint reader for device security included.
In addition to the flagship 2013 iPhone, Apple is also expected to announce a second, lower-cost iPhone model, which many believe will be called the iPhone 5C. This model would feature more mid-range hardware and come in a variety of colors.
There’s only a week left for such speculation, though; the event begins next Tuesday at noon CDT.
Give three thoughtful users Apple’s iPhone 5 and each could easily come away with a different reaction. One sees a leap forward: an iPhone with a larger screen, LTE connectivity, and an attention to detail unmatched in consumer tech. Another spies a stale, lagging attempt to catch up to innovative competitors: a phone without a single industry-shifting pivot, no obvious next-gen features, and a last-decade OS.
Each is a defensible reaction to the iPhone 5, because both are true to an extent. Therefore, it is the third, middle-ground view that rings most true for me:
This is the best iPhone yet, with long overdue additions, tweaks and advances certain to be welcomed by long-time users. But there’s disappointment, too, because Apple has once again played it safe.
Just a week out of the gate, the iPhone 5 is already a huge success, and will continue to be for the next twelve months – both in terms of sales and general user satisfaction. But Apple should be on notice; resting on your laurels can only take you so far for so long.
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Bad things happen to good gadgets, so it always comes as good news when you find out something is relatively easy to repair. And that’s exactly what iFixIt has said about the iPhone 5 following it’s latest teardown.
According to the site’s gurus, iPhone 5 is easier to repair than the 4 or 4S, particularly the screen which is easy to remove and/or replace as it’s the entry point into the smartphone’s guts. In fact, iFixIt says the newest iPhone’s screen is “easier than ever” to replace.
To replace the touchscreen, all you need is a 5-Point Pentalobe Screwdriver and a suction cup to pull the screen from its housing. Then you’ll need to remove the tiny Philips screws holding the display connector to the logic board and a spudger to decouple the connector. Take a look at this iPhone repair kit to get all the goodies you’ll need to get inside your iPhone.
Once replacement screens are available from third-party suppliers, it looks like replacing a broken, cracked or otherwise faulty screen will be as simple as an unscrew, pry and snap.
So, the wait hasn’t exactly been long, but the iPhone 5 is now available for purchase in the United States. Those who were fortunate enough to pre-order in the first hour or so of availability last Friday morning should see their phones arrive sometime today; later pre-orderers will have to wait a few days or weeks. If you order now may have to wait up to a month.
If you didn’t pre-order and want a chance at nabbing an iPhone 5 today, you can try your luck at Apple, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint retail stores, or check out third-party retailers like WalMart or Best Buy.
Let the games begin…
Well, that was fast.
Several sellers on eBay have posted 30-pin Dock Connector to Lightning adapters that are far cheaper than Apple’s adapter. Both the small dongle-type adapter (which Apple sells for a shockingly-expensive $29 ) and the adapter with attached cable (Apple = $39) are up for sale, and most are priced between $10 and $15.
Check shipping information for delivery dates. Some are not expected to arrive until early-to-mid October.
Lightning is the name given by Apple to its new reversible Dock Connector, which replaced the traditional Dock Connector found on Apple products since the early days of the iPod. Lightning connectors are found on the new iPhone 5, 5th Gen iPod touch and new iPod nano. New iPads will also certainly be “upgraded” to this new connection type.