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“Honest Company Slogans” – What They Meant To Say…

Just scrolling through the internet today I noticed a link that said “Honest Company Slogans”. Obviously I had to click it…

“Honest Slogans” – Imgur

iPhone 5S vs 5c + iPhone 5S Trailer – Fingerprint technology?!

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I always enjoy seeing new technology updates, especially when it’s something that I’m likely to buy… I thought that this article did a good job of explaining this new phone. Having the limited knowledge that I do have about this compared with the experts I’ll just leave you to the video and the article below. Enjoy!

 

 

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c: What you need to know

By Macworld staff, Macworld
  • Sep 11, 2013 11:45 AM

We’re now in that funny in-between time: On Tuesday, Apple announced the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, providing some information about both. We had a brief hands-on session with both of them. But now we have to wait a week and a half before we can actually get our own new phones and find out everything we want to know. In the meantime, here are our answers to some of the most pressing questions about the new smartphones, based on what Apple has told us and our own investigations.

The basics

When can I get the new iPhone models?

You can pre-order an iPhone 5c starting on Friday, September 13; the 5c will actually be available on September 20. The iPhone 5s will also be available on September 20, but Apple isn’t taking pre-orders for that model. These dates apply to the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK.

How much do the phones cost?

The iPhone 5c costs $99 for 16GB of storage or $199 for 32GB with a new two-year contract. Unlocked versions—without a contract—will cost $549 and $649, respectively. With the unlocked version, you can choose one that ships with a T-Mobile SIM card, or one without a SIM card at all. Both unlocked options work only with GSM networks.


The iPhone 5s costs $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, or $399 for 64GB of storage with a new two-year contract. Without a contract, those same phones will cost $649, $749, and $849, respectively. As with the 5c, you can get the unlocked model for use with T-Mobile. (Apple’s site doesn’t currently list a no-SIM option for the 5s.)

Which carriers are offering the iPhone 5c and 5s?

In the U.S., your contract-carrier choices are AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. As mentioned above, no-contract versions are available for use with T-Mobile or other GSM providers.

How much will it cost me to upgrade from my existing iPhone?

That depends on the carrier and type of contract you have. You can check your upgrade eligibility via Apple’s website.

How they compare

How does the 5c compare to the iPhone 5?

From a hardware perspective, the 5c is very similar to the iPhone 5: It uses the same processor (Apple’s A6), the same graphics circuitry, and the same screen. The main differences are that the 5c includes a slightly more capacious battery, compatibility with more bands of LTE, and an updated FaceTime HD camera that features larger pixels and a better backside-illumination sensor.


Apple says the performance of the 5c will be similar to that of the iPhone 5, except that the FaceTime HD camera offers better images. Indeed, in our brief hands-on with the iPhone 5c, the phone felt exactly as snappy and responsive as the iPhone 5 units we’ve been using for the past year. (We’ll of course be putting the 5c and the 5s through more rigorous testing when we get them.)

The 5c is also close to the same size and weight as the iPhone 5, but the 5c uses a very different exterior. Instead of an aluminum enclosure, the iPhone 5c features a plastic unibody design reminiscent of the old white-plastic MacBook. This body is molded from a single piece of polycarbonate that gives it a solid, rigid feel (part of that also stems from the steel frame that Apple uses inside). Even the volume buttons, mute switch, and Sleep/Wake button on the 5c are plastic. “Unapologetically plastic,” as Apple puts it.

How does the 5s compare to the 5c and the 5?


Apple calls the 5s its most “forward-thinking” phone. Though its aluminum body is almost the same as the iPhone 5’s, there’s a bunch of new hardware inside. Most impressive is the new A7 processor, which Apple touts as the first 64-bit processor available in a phone. The iPhone 5s also includes a new M7 “motion coprocessor”; some big camera upgrades and capabilities; and the Touch ID fingerprint-authentication system. (More on these below.)

Other improvements over the iPhone 5 include a slightly larger battery, expanded carrier support, and a new color. Speaking of which…

What colors can I get?

That depends on which iPhone model you purchase. The lower-cost iPhone 5c, constructed of hard-coated polycarbonate, will be available in candy-like light blue, light green, pink, yellow, or white. Each—including the white version—has a black bezel surrounding the screen.

There is one tiny—and we mean tiny—difference between the iPhone 5c models: On the blue, green, yellow, and white models, the Ring/Silent switch shows an orange line when flipped to the Silent position. On the pink model, the line is white. Details, people.

If you splurge on the aluminum-body iPhone 5s, your choices are different: “space gray” (with a black screen bezel and back trim), silver (with white screen bezel and back trim), or gold (also with white screen bezel and back trim). The gold is subtler than it sounds; it’s more of a champagne color. A nice touch on the 5s is that the metal ring around the Home button on each phone matches its main color: gray, silver, or gold.

I hear Apple also makes cases for the new phones?

Yep, Apple is also offering offering two lines of cases, one set for the 5c and one for the 5s.


The $29 iPhone 5c case, available in the same five colors as the phone plus a black version, is made of silicone with a microfiber interior lining and sports a pattern of 35 circular holes on the back that let your iPhone’s own color peek through. You can match your phone to the case or opt for something a bit more interesting like, say, a white phone with a blue case.

The $39 iPhone 5s case is made of leather with a microfiber interior and is available in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and Product(Red) red. The case is molded over the Sleep/Wake and volume buttons, with openings for the Ring/Silent switch and back camera and flash.

The iPhone 5s

What’s this about a new processor and a coprocessor?


The A7 inside the new iPhone 5s is unquestionably the most powerful chip Apple has ever put in a mobile device. It’s also the first one that uses a 64-bit architecture—usually found only on laptop and desktop computers. The implications of that architecture might not be immediately apparent, because apps have to be written to take advantage of it. But down the road, the new chip will offer some exciting possibilities for expansion and power.

The A7’s support for the latest OpenGL ES 3.0 standard means better graphics performance, too. In fact, Apple claims that the new A7 processor is twice as fast at both processor-intensive and graphics-intensive tasks as its predecessor. We’ll see about that when we test the 5s.

The iPhone 5s also includes a separate processor, called the M7, that handles sensor data.

What’s this M7 thing good for?


The M7—which Apple calls the motion coprocessor—is a brand-new chip inside the iPhone 5s that complements the A7 by handling data from the device’s many sensors, including the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Why a separate processor for all that? The key to the M7 is that it can log data from those sources without waking the full A7 processor. This means that not only can fitness-tracking apps more easily run in the background, but they’ll also chew up less of your precious battery power. And using the new CoreMotion API, third-party apps can use real-time location and motion information—like, say, whether you’re walking or riding in a car—to determine how the app behaves, without dramatically affecting battery life.

Is the iPhone 5s camera really that much better?

We haven’t yet tested the back camera on the 5s; we’ll give it a thorough evaluation once we get a couple iPhone 5s samples in-house. But if Apple’s specs and feature list are any indication, that camera should offer noticeably better performance, along with some useful new capabilities.


For starters, the 5s uses a new, five-element lens that Apple designed specifically for the new iPhone. This new lens offers an f/2.2 aperture, a 15-percent-larger area than the iPhone 5’s lens, and 1.5-micron pixels—larger than those on the iPhone 5 and other smartphones.

The phone also includes a new dual-LED True Tone flash that Apple says is the first of its kind on a phone or a standalone camera. One flash is cooler white, while the other is amber with a warmer color temperature. The phone monitors ambient light and then fires the two flashes together to match that light. Together, Apple says, the two flashes provide more than 1000 unique light combinations, for flash lighting that’s brighter and more natural.

But iOS 7 also includes a bunch of software specifically designed to take advantage of the improved camera hardware. For example, before you take a photo, the phone automatically adjusts white-balance and exposure to create a tone map for better highlights and shadows; it also performs auto-focus matrix metering for improved sharpness. When you take the photo, the phone actually takes multiple images, analyzes them in real time, and then shows you what it thinks is the best one.

The 5s also includes image stabilization in software: In situations—such as low lighting—where you’d normally end up with blurry images, the phone takes multiple photos with a single shutter press, and then it blends them together into a single, sharp image. And a new burst mode captures ten full-resolution frames per second for as long as you hold down the shutter button. But unlike most burst modes, on an iPhone 5s, the phone automatically filters out bad shots to show you only the “best” ones. (You can choose others manually, if you like.)

When taking video, you can capture 720p video at 120 frames per second, slowing it down later for true slow-motion video. (You can do the editing in your favorite video app, or you can choose, right in the Photos app, which section of the clip to view in slo-mo.) And Panorama mode now lets you adjust exposure as you pan.

Many times during the iPhone event, Apple pointed out the advantages of making both hardware and software, combining them to best take advantage of both. The iPhone’s camera features are one of the best examples of this philosophy in action.

So, this fingerprint-sensor thing, Touch ID: how does it work?


It’s a capacitance-based (as opposed to optical) scanner built into the iPhone 5s Home button. The “capacitance” part means that instead of taking a visual scan of your finger or thumb, the scanner detects minute differences in electrical charge caused by a fingerprint’s whorls, loops, and curves.

The phone then produces a digital template (again, not an image) based on that scan. In other similar systems, software then runs such a template through a cryptographic hashing process, making it virtually impossible to recreate the original print from the template. If that’s how Touch ID works, the hashing process should make it harder—if not impossible—to spoof your prints. For further security, your fingerprint is never stored in the cloud or anywhere in the phone’s memory—only in a secure area of the A7 chip itself.

We don’t yet know all the details about how iOS 7 will use the fingerprints it detects. But we do know that it will let you bypass the lockscreen passcode. (Youdo have a lockscreen passcode, right?) It will also let you authenticate with iCloud and the App Store using your finger.

With all this new technology and speed on the iPhone 5s, is the battery life worse than that of the iPhone 5?

Apple claims that the iPhone 5s offers battery life equal to or greater than that of the iPhone 5. Specifically, the company says the iPhone 5s offers 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of LTE or Wi-Fi browsing, or 250 hours of standby time. Compare that to Apple’s claims for the iPhone 5 when that model was released: 8 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, or 225 hours of standby time.

Apple says that the iPhone 5c’s battery life is identical to that of the iPhone 5s. We’ll of course thoroughly test each model’s battery life in the coming weeks.

Accessories and apps

Is the 5s exactly the same size as the 5? Will my existing accessories and cases work? What about the iPhone 5c?

The iPhone 5s is indeed exactly the same size as the iPhone 5, so existing iPhone 5 cases will fit the new iPhone 5s. However, the camera and LED flash on the iPhone 5s differ in size and position from those on the iPhone 5, so existing cases may partially obscure the lens and/or LED—or may be close enough to obscuring them that the case affects flash or photo quality. If you want to use a case not specifically made for the iPhone 5s, be sure the opening(s) for the camera and flash are large enough to avoid this problem.


Cases aside, existing iPhone 5 accessories—docks, speaker docks, chargers, and the like—should all work with the iPhone 5s. Similarly, with the exception of dock cradles custom-fit for the iPhone 5s, most of these accessories should work fine with the iPhone 5c.

Of course, cases for the iPhone 5 and 5s won’t fit the iPhone 5c, due to the latter’s different dimensions and slightly different shape.

We’ll be testing many accessories once we get our hands on the iPhone 5c and 5s, and we’ll publish our findings here on Macworld.com.

Apple says it’s making Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie, and iPhoto for iOS free “for new devices”? Does that include the new iPhones? What about current iPhone owners?

Apple’s webpage about the iPhone 5s built-in apps (and the similar page for the iPhone 5c) lists iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork suite, but they don’t actually come pre-installed.

Instead, any iOS 7-compatible device activated on or after September 1, 2013—regardless of when you purchased it—is eligible for free copies of these apps. If your device came pre-loaded with iOS 7, you’ll be prompted during the setup process to download the iOS versions of Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie, and iPhoto. If your device didn’t come with iOS 7 pre-installed (but, again, you activated the device on or after September 1), once you install iOS 7, you’ll be prompted during the iOS 7 setup process to install the apps. You’ll need an Apple ID, but you won’t have to pay for the apps—they’re free with your new device.

Note that this offer isn’t limited to the iPhone 5c and 5s—it includes any iOS 7-compatible device activated on or after September 1, including the iPhone 4 and 4s, the fifth-generation iPod touch, and recent iPads (see the list of compatible devices at the bottom of this page).

If you’ve got a device activated prior to September 1, 2013, you’ll still be able to purchase the apps on the App Store, but you won’t get them for free.

 

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Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod – TED

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod – TED.

The $8 Billion iPod

While I’m not advocating theft I must say that this was a very funny talk due to the recognition of a lack of transparency in this arena because the legal implications of the subject matter. It is hard to question something like this without some strong data, that I frankly wouldn’t know much about conjuring on my own. I really appreciate the mild humor bassed in disestablishment culture in this talk, and I hope you do too.

Imagine Playing iPad mini – YouTube

Imagine Playing iPad mini – YouTube.

I just watched the iPad Mini keynote, and I’m planning to post it when it hits YouTube, but until then here is a video of what it looks like.

iPhone 5 Full Apple keynote September 2012

iPhone 5 Full Apple keynote September 2012 – YouTube.

My blog is usually about things on my mind, which usually has to do with current events/politics. So, when I recently decided to blog about the iPhone 5 and I had an overwhelming viewership response it was one of those moments where I am faced with the reality of what people are most interested in, and a lot of times it is not what I’m most interested in. And I’m okay with that, I understand that a lot of people feel helpless about a lot of the problems in the world, and worrying about all of our problems just feels like too much.

With all of that being said I’m going to continue to blog about politics (especially the Presidential race during this fall), but I want to make sure that I do my best to find what is relatable in these stories, and I’m going to try to simplify a lot of the important information that I know people would like to hear if it weren’t so difficult to find among the 24 hour news cycle. I’m inspired by how much people move towards a good product like the iPhone – Apple has done amazing things over and over, and I feel that we should make note their achievements. In the same way, I hope to (with this blog) help people remember to make note of justice and compassion in the world. I realize that a lot of people who might have come across this message are way more interested in the video, but feel free to give me feedback if you care to.

Ok, now for the keynote address. I think that people are too critical in the world. Why do we all feel like we have to be critics? I don’t know the answer, but I’m about to be a little bit of one. This might sound expected, or like an easy critique to make, but the people making presentations during this keynote lacked the charisma and confidence of Steve Jobs. I am not trying to pile on, but it’s just one of those moments where we can remember how good he was at relating to what people wanted. They did stay rather true to his style of presentation however. I think that when it’s all said and done the presentation was fine, but more than that I liked the phone.

*Warning: this is a spoiler alert for the keynote presentation for the phone

Now my thoughts on the Keynote Address:

  • The Screen is bigger (which means updated functionality)
  • Better processing chip (A6)
  • Better battery (even though they’ve increased the speed and ability of the phone)
  • The Camera is better (I don’t care that much, but I know a lot of people do) – But Panorama is going to be an option
  • Noise cancellation speaker
  • New Connector Piece, which means you’ll have to get rid of old chargers, but it makes more room for speakers, and it’s reversible
  • iOS 6 – Maps is like a GPS (turn by turn) and has Yelp, and a 3D flyover view.
  • Safari is synced with iCloud, and you can pull up any website that’s open on any of your devices.
  • The is a folder in the email box for VIP email contacts
  • PassBook is a new app that saves information like boarding passes (and apparently a lot more).
  • Facebook & Twitter are now very integrated in everything that iPhone does, so it’ll be easy to post things (people will pretend like they don’t care, but this will probably be the most used update…)
  • Siri knows more about sports and restaurants

There is more information, but for the people who want the dumbed down version, that’s what I picked up front he talk. They also announced some changes to iTunes, and it is intended to be much more interactive and in the social media world. Ping failed at accomplishing what the update to iTunes seems to aim for. The new iTunes is coming in October.

The new iPod Nano is pretty cool, and I don’t think I can even explain it very well, so I thought I’d just post a picture:

And as for the iPod touch, it’s almost as thin as the Nano, but other than that it’s a lot like the iPhone, as the iTouch usually is. The “Clumsy Ninja” game that he played looked like a big waste of time, but a fun waste of time…

There wasn’t too much to see after that, but the Foo Fighters played a little bit at the end of the presentation, which I thought was a little random, and out of the Steve Jobs model… Oh well, we move forward, it just seemed a little desperate. I hope that they are confident in what they’re selling, and it looks like they should be. If you decide to watch the video I hope that you enjoy it.

iPhone 5 Official Video (HD) – CNET Review

iPhone 5 preview – CNET Reviews.

So I’m not usually a technology junkie, and I get more and more scared of the cult of Apple as things move along, but with both of those things said I’m excited about ordering this iPhone. I have never gotten a new iPhone when it’s come out, and actually the phone I have right now is the first phone that I ever bought that had the internet… Really quick though I’d like to list what I’m most excited about with this phone:

  • Increased Battery Life: Somehow they always seem to increase all of the features of the iPhone, while also increasing battery life… That is probably the most important factor to me at the end of the day…
  • LTE Network: This means that using the internet on the phone will be super fast.
  • Quick Call Responses: It might seem small, but cell phones should have had this one a long time ago…
  • Facetime over the Network: I think it’s very cool that you’ll be able to see the people you love almost anywhere you go. However, part of me is scared that I’ll have people stalking me and wanting to see where I am all of the time…
  • Maps: I actually use the maps app a lot on my current phone (iPhone 4), and with the addition of Siri and the improvements of the app I am really excited I won’t have to mess with my GPS so much anymore.

I know that iPhone always has the best new camera and picture software/hardware, and it usually inspires me to want an iPhone, but I’ve learned that it usually isn’t my biggest driver day to day, so I decided to list some of the more practical things that I will use constantly. There’s plenty more, but I’ll just leave it to the professionals. Enjoy

And here is the article from CNET:

Apple’s next iPhone is official, and despite being the sixth iPhone model (technically), we know it’s officially the iPhone 5.

Over the last year, we’ve heard a ton of rumors about what it might deliver with LTE, a taller display, and a redesigned connector being the most likely tidbits. Fortunately, we now can put all that speculation to rest as Apple spilled the secrets.

Eyes on Apple’s new iPhone 5 (pictures)

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Taller, thinner, and a metal back
As expected, the new iPhone is 18 percent thinner (0.30 inch vs. 0.37 inch thick) than the iPhone 4S. Apple says it’s the thinnest handset around, but that’s a race that changes often. That means it’s also 20 percent lighter for a total of 3.95 ounces. The Retina Display expands from 3.5 inches (its size since the original iPhone) to 4 inches. The total resolution remains the same, though, at 326 pixels per inch. The total pixel count is 1,136×640, and we now have a 16:9 aspect ratio.

To the user, that means a fifth row of icons on the home screen. That’s pretty nice since it will let you cut down on the number of home screens. You’ll also get a full five-day week view in the calendar, the calendar will show more events, and all iWork apps will take advantage of the bigger display. Third-party apps that haven’t been updated will continue to work, but you’ll see black borders on each side (so they won’t be stretched or scaled). Apple also promises that wide-screen movies will look better, with 44 percent more color saturation than on the iPhone 4S.

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Apple’s new iPhone 5.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

Touch sensors are now built into the display itself, which makes it 30 percent thinner as a result and less prone to glare.

The iPhone 5 also fixes a design flaw that we first saw in the iPhone 4. Apple replaced the glass back with one that’s mostly metal. Too many people (us included) cracked an iPhone 4 or 4Safter dropping it accidentally. We don’t think the change negatively affects the iPhone’s aesthetics. In fact, many might see it as an improvement. A return to a metal back reminds one of the original iPhone, and the crisp, clean-cut back has a bit of the feel of other Apple devices like the iPad.

All of the design changes result in a new iPhone that’s surprisingly light to hold. Think 20 percent lighter isn’t a big deal? Pick one of these up and you’ll feel the difference: the iPhone 4 may have been dense, but the iPhone 5 is a featherweight.

The screen is big, bright, and crisp, too, not shockingly so, but a subtly improved experience. It’s akin to being the extrawide comfy chair of iPhone screens. Stay tuned for more, but this new iPhone has a good hand feel.

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The taller iPhone 5 (right) compared with the iPhone 4.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

LTE and carriers
Not a shocker either, but the iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE networks. That’s in addition to the current support for GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA data networks. LTE has a single chip for voice and data, a single radio chip, and a “dynamic antenna” that will switch connections between different networks automatically.

So which carriers will support an LTE iPhone 5? Well, in the United States that means AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. So again, T-Mobile loses out. In Canada it’s Bell, Telus, Fido, Virgin, and Kudo. In Asia the providers will be SoftBank, SmarTone, SingTel, and SK Telecom. For Australia there’s Telstra, Optus, and Virgin Mobile, and in Europe it will go to Deutsche Telekom and EE. On carriers without LTE, the iPhone 5 will run on dual-band 3.5G HDPA+.

iPhone 5

This profile offers another view of the size difference.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

A faster chip
The iPhone 5 will offer an A6 chip, which is two times faster than the current A5 chip. Graphics will get faster speeds, as well. Yet, despite the speedier performance, the new chip will be 22 percent smaller than the A5. According to Apple’s specs, users will see Web pages load 2.1 times faster, and the Music app with songs will load 1.9 times faster.

More battery life
LTE tends to be a power hog, but the iPhone 5 is set to deliver respectable battery life. Of course, the real story may differ, but here’s what Apple is promising for now. We’re supposed to get 8 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of 3G browsing, 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video playback, 40 hours of music playback, and 225 hours of standby time. You can be sure that CNET will put these promises to the test when we get a device in our hands.

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Apple promises respectable battery life, though the iPhone 5 has a larger display and LTE.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

Camera
The main shooter, or the “iSight” camera, stays at 8 megapixels (with the best resolution being 3,264×2,448 pixels) with a feature list that includes backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, and a f2.4 aperture. A dynamic light mode is new, and you should be able to launch photography apps up to 2.1 times faster. Another addition is an image signal processor in the A6 chip. That will bring spatial noise reduction and a “smart filter” that produces better low-light performance and captures photos faster. Finally, there’s a built-in panorama mode that stitches shots together for one large 28-megapixel photo.

The secondary front camera now can shoot 720p HD video and it gets a backside illuminated sensor. And as we heard at the announcement of iOS 6 back in June, FaceTime will work over 3G cellular networks. Some carriers like AT&T have already announced restrictions for that feature, so be sure to check with your provider first.

Video resolution remains at 1080p HD, though image stabilization has been improved and face detection is now available in clips for up to 10 people. And in a nice move, you can take photos while you’re shooting video.

Audio
The iPhone 5 gets an additional microphone for a total of three. You’ll find one on the bottom, one on the handset’s front face, and one on its rear side. What’s more, the speaker now has five magnets (so up from two), which is apparently better and it’s supposed to use 20 percent less space. The noise-canceling feature should be improved, as well, and there’s a new wideband audio feature that promises more-natural-sounding voices. Twenty percent of carriers will support wideband audio, but so far we only know that Orange in the United Kingdom will be among them.

Smaller dock connector, smaller SIM card
On the bottom of the iPhone 5, there’s that new and long-anticipated smaller dock connector. Called “Lightning,” it has an all-digital, eight-signal design and an “adaptive interface” (we’re not quite sure what that means yet). It’s 80 percent smaller, and since it’s reversible, both ends will be the same (that’s kind of nice).

iPhone 5

Apple says the iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone around. We’ll see how long that record lasts.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

By all means, it’s bound to annoy owners of current speaker docks, accessories, and charger/syncing cables since it will render them obsolete. Apple will offer an adapter and adapter cables (of course it will), which range from $19 to $39. We imagine, though, that the adapter may be awkward to use with some current accessories like a bedside alarm clock/music player. For new accessories, Apple says that manufacturers like Bose, JBL, and Bowers are working on new products.

Though we welcome the idea of a smaller connector, we’re miffed that Apple couldn’t just adopt the semi-industry standard of Micro-USB. That would make things easier for smartphone users across the globe. Yet, even so, the smaller connector may be a smart move for the future. The 30-pin connector has been around since 2003, long before the iPhone even existed: frankly, it’s a dust magnet. A smaller connector helps shave extra space to achieve a smaller phone with perhaps a bigger battery. The new connector cable will mainly be used for syncing and charging by most people who own an Apple TV or Bluetooth/AirPlay accessories.

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The smaller dock and cable connector is in the usual place on the phone’s bottom.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

iOS 6
Inside, the iPhone 5 will debut with iOS 6 already onboard. Highlights include the new Apple Maps app, Passbook, shared photo streams, Siri updates, and the aforementioned FaceTime over 3G. For more on Apple’s newest mobile OS update, check out our iOS 6 First Take. iOS 6 will be available for download next Wednesday, September 19.

Release date and pricing
The iPhone 5 will be available in three capacity models, all of which will come in black and white versions. The 16GB is $199, the 32GB $299, and the 64GB $399. On September 21, it will go on sale in nine countries: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Anyone in that first batch of countries can preorder starting September 14. More countries will follow by the end of this month, and by the end of the year, the iPhone 5 will land at 240 carriers in 100 countries. As a reminder, the U.S. carriers are the Big Three: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

Is this the iPhone you’ve been looking for?
During very brief hands-on time with the iPhone 5, this much is clear: it’s the weight you’ll remember more than its thinner profile. The iPhone 4S is already a svelte device: most people probably won’t spot the difference if they see the new iPhone from the side.

The screen size, also, is more of a subtle improvement. This isn’t a jaw-dropping leap from the iPhone 4S: it’s a gradual increase, done almost so cleverly that the front face of the iPhone 5 might, with the screen turned off, look very much like the iPhone 4S. The proof will be in the pudding for how app developers and iOS 6 take full advantage of that extra screen real estate, but the bottom line is this: more screen size and more pixels are good things.

The real killer app on this phone — no surprise — might be the iPhone’s 4G LTE, as well as the promised battery life. If data speeds and battery life can live up to the promises, those alone will make many want to upgrade.

iPhone 5 hands-on: Slim is in – GadgetBox on NBCNews.com

iPhone 5 hands-on: Slim is in – GadgetBox on NBCNews.com.

So it’s finally here! I’ve never gotten the new iPhone when it’s come out, but I have been planning to this time, so I’m excited to hear that there are good reviews so far.

iPhone 5 hands-on: Slim is in

 

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Wilson Rothman / NBC News

The matte aluminum back of a white iPhone 5.

While the iPhone 5 rumors were popping, I couldn’t help think this was just some kind of stretched out iPhone 4S. During the keynote presentation, I was impressed by the features but couldn’t help continuing on this path: Would it just be the same?

Well, when I finally got the thing in my hand, even for a few minutes, I was delighted to discover how different it is.

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An iPhone 5 (left) next to an iPhone 4S.

Yes, the iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S, but not in a plasticky way that would suggest some of Samsung’s smartphones. If the iPhone 4S represents the heft and machined precision of a handgun, the iPhone 5 has the impossible physique of a laser blaster. It’s light and thin in the way that the future should be.The

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The back of a white iPhone 5.

The matte finish on the smartphone’s back is a blessing and a curse. I like that there’s a lot less glass here for me to shatter, but the way it looks takes away from the pure elegance of the iPhone 4 design: Two panes of shiny glass, separated by a steel border. I find that the white iPhone 5 (above) looks a little washed out, less bold, where the black version (below) is smarter, if perhaps more masculine than its predecessor.

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The side view of a black iPhone 5.

The taller screen is not as gangly as I has thought, and when I saw a clip of “The Avengers” on it, I could appreciate why the design decision was made. Movies aren’t my No. 1 activity on my phone, but the 16×9 ratio is a major standard for movies and more, so it just makes sense.

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The white iPhone 5 doesn’t feel too much larger in the hand, and the screen makes sense.

There’s a springiness to the phone’s interface that suggests the stomping A6 processor, but I couldn’t load up anything that let me really see the polygons fly. Also, part of that smoother operation could be iOS 6, because much of it — for instance, the Music app — has been retooled to better interact with iCloud and iTunes.

What was a fun thing to test out, even if I never use it in real life, is the camera’s Panorama feature: You just hoist the phone aloft and pan across your field of view, and you end up with a seamless panoramic image, suitable for framing (if you’re any good at photography, that is — alas, I am not).

Wilson Rothman is the Technology & Science editor at NBC News Digital. Catch up with him on Twitter at @wjrothman, and join our conversation on Facebook.

Mac vs. PC: Who Uses Them?

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I used to think that people who had Macs were just stubborn and argumentative, but then my computer broke down (for the 5th time) and I was forced to borrow/share my roommates Mac for a few days/weeks… I was hooked. After I replaced my old Dell with a MacBook Pro I have gotten excited when I see other people with Mac’s, and I always love to ask them when they made the switch to Mac, or when they found out how easy to use they are. 

From what I understand people who do a lot of computer gaming, or programing need Windows based computers, but otherwise Apple computers seem to be the best option. I don’t mean to jump to conclusions, but I do love my computer 🙂 and I plan to use it for a long time.

Below is a breakdown done by Hunch, that looks into defining a little better the different people who use Mac’s vs PC’s. I am posting this for fun, and I’m not trying to “convert” anyone to Apple who doesn’t want one, just trying to educate a little bit. Feel free to add your thoughts with a comment.

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Our latest data project was to analyze how self-described Mac and PC people are different. The infographic below, designed by the talented folks at Column Five Media, breaks it down. Keep reading after the Infographic for more background and analysis, including some comparisons to findings from 18 months ago when we first looked at this issue.

Oh, and once you’ve checked out the infographic, head back over to Hunch.com to create an account and get personalized recommendations that are customized to your tastes.

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Back in ye olden days of Hunch — November 2009 — we explored the differences in personality, aesthetic tastes, and media preferences between Mac and PC users. Since then, the Hunch user base and question pool have grown many times over. The 2009 report started with more than 76,000 responses to its base “Mac or PC?” question. The same question now has nearly 400,000 responses. This is all in the context of the more than 80 million “Teach Hunch About You” questions which have been answered on Hunch to date.

Mac’s a mover and shaker. Since our original report was released, we’ve seen the launch of the iPad (and the iPad 2 already), the iPhone 4 for AT&T and Verizon, and the latest versions of various computer models.

In the PC world… Well, they stopped showing these commercials.

Only kidding! Most Hunch users probably know better than I do — I’m in the 25% of self-identified Mac people. Almost an equal percentage of Hunch users would prefer not to define themselves as Mac or PC people, thank you very much. But 52% are on Team PC. Surprised?

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The percentage of PC people among Hunch users is a smidge higher now than we noted 18 months ago. Back then, about 48% of Hunch users identified as PC, and the percentage self-identifying as Mac was also a bit higher at 31% vs. today’s 25%. Still, the concentration of Mac fans on Hunch is more than double the amount of Apple’s estimated world share of operating systems (11% or so, according to Canalys).

Hunch users tend to think debates about operating systems are pointless, but Mac people are more likely to think weighing the merits of Mac vs. PC vs. Linux is important. Meanwhile, 13% of PC users draw a blank if you bring up the operating system debate.

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Many PC people still use Mac products. For starters, it seems as if almost everyone has an iPod nowadays. Out of 95,562 Hunch users, 48% report that they either have an iPhone or are seriously considering getting one. Keep in mind that this is a long-standing question on Hunch that once answered, isn’t asked again. So we’re guessing there are many more Hunch users who now have the iPhone. Since it’s finally carried by Verizon, perhaps some of the 52% of Hunch users who weren’t interested in an iPhone have gone to the smart(phone) side.

Are these correlations true for you, or would you say Hunch data does not compute?

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