What to Expect from the iPhone 5

It seems like just yesterday that we were all lining up outside stores for the iPhone 4, eagerly awaiting the newest of Apple’s smartphones. Now we’re beginning to speculate over the iPhone 5 which will apparently be the pinnacle of mobile technology.

It’s exected that the iPhone 5 will be released this summer, with a similar date to the iPhone 4, which means we in Ireland should be getting it sometime in early August.  It’s widely believed that there’s going to be a few big changes to the next generation of the world’s most famous handset and in Ireland, should be on all the main networks apart from HTC-tastic Meteor and Emobile.

So, some of the big changes which are being rumoured for the iPhone 5 are the new A5 chip, which is already being used in the iPad 2 so that one pretty much makes sense. Another bunch of changes being rumoured are a better camera, larger memory storage and in the long run the new iOS5 which could potentially be sometime around the iPhone 5 launch.

Some of the more interesting suggestions, which have been put forward, are that there will be two models brought out, one lower end which would be an iPhone Nano with a smaller screen and lower storage capacity and a larger screen version (possibly 5inches) to combat the growing popularity of the HTC Desire HD. This is all speculation, but does seem to fit into Apple looking to take on a more pro-active approach to combat the growth of Android. However, Apple still control one of the largest market shares and the largest app store so whether they really want to branch out beyond their niche is questionable.

Personally, I don’t think Apple will go for a lower-end model. It doesn’t fit in with Apple’s image, and they essentially control the niche market in which they inhabit. Is the iPhone 5 worth buying? Possibly. If you haven’t gotten the iPhone 4, you should definitely upgrade to the iPhone 5 and ditch your 3G/S but if you’re on the iPhone 4 I don’t really see any great advancements being made with the 5th generation.

 

9 Reasons not to buy an iPhone 5

9 Reasons not to buy the iPhone 5

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iPhone in the lead in Ireland’s smartphone market.

It’s official; the iPhone is Ireland’s most popular smart phone, beating the competition by a clear lead.

This week, DRG, a digital advertising agency announced that iPhone sales in Ireland had reached 250,000 handsets over the various models, and that iPhone internet browsers account for an increasing amount of web traffic in a recently released bunch of statistics for the Irish mobile market, one of the highest penetrated markets in the world (about two phones for every person in the country).

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Opera jumps aboard the iPhone bandwagon, at last…

Opera, one of the worlds most popular browser makers has today revealed that they intend to launch Opera for the iPhone.

The parent company to the popular software says that the new browser will load webpages up to six times faster than Safari since it compresses content when downloading a webpage for viewing which in turn can also reduce browsing costs significantly per MB, which means the GB which O2 grace us with goes a bit further.

The popular browser, turned app will feature tabbed browsing, google search in-built,  speed dial showing thumbnails of your favourite websites and a password manager.

All of which are much, much handier than features in Safari for the iPhone, which is still unchallenged in terms of web browsing on what is the worlds most popular, and infamous phone.

opera browser for the iPhone

Functional, smooth, solid - a lot to look forward to from Opera

Opera are also sounding quite optimistic about their chances of having the app approved by Apple. The hardware, and software giant has been typically hesitant of allowing apps which mimic too closely the functions of its own native apps to appear on its store. Opera may be betting on the large amounts of negative criticism which Apple have been attracting thanks to their strictness, when their own browser goes through the approval process.

With the upcoming release of the iPad, which may still revolutionise portable computing, Opera may also be looking to jump on board from the beginning, offering users an alternative to Safari when surfing any where with a nice big 10” screen and making the iPad feel much more like a full computer, with choices among browsers etc. Rather than a big iPhone.

Having proven themselves time and time again on Macs and PC’s for being able to produce solid and fast browsers, the software company should do well against Safari, which has seen recent fall backs on the browser market share stats with the arrival of Chrome on the scene.

Opera is already on pretty much every other platform, and is the worlds most popular mobile browser, so landing on the app store is really allowing it to cover all the basis, and should give Safari a good run for its money.

There’s no doubt that the Opera iPhone browser will be a brilliant app, well worth the download, that’s if it gets approved.

So watch this space, or rather the space under ‘O’ in the app store…

Europe left waiting for 3G iPad – Apple want to replace notebook/netbook

International users, including our good selves in Ireland and Europe will have to wait a little longer for the iPad 3G version, assuming that we get the WiFi version on time, that is.

Jobs announced at his keynote that Apple were working on international contracts with various networks to cover data plans and being able to use the internet on the go.

AT&T have already managed to bag the contract for the States, and many expect O2 to seal the deal on this side of the Atlantic, however with the iPhone recently being made available to Orange and Vodafone, it really could be anyone’s game.

Although the iPad 3G is going to come unlocked, and use new GSM micro SIMs, Apple are set to be beginning talks for various data plans. However the pads should work on WiFi alone and Jobs said that there was a ‘high probability’ that the devices would ‘just work’.

Internet on the move, but do we have to wait much longer for the privilege?

It would just be easier to buy the WiFi only version in this case, given that without a data plan, there would be little point in spending the extra few hundred and having what few features extra it offers without being able to take advantage of 3G’s mobile internet.

Apple seems to see the iPad, not as a device which is meant to fit in between your phone and your laptop, but instead to be a replacement for your laptop. Apple’s thinking could be that most laptops are vastly overpowered for what most people would use them for and netbooks are quite awkward and clumsy.

Most of the computer consumer market never really use the full potential of their computers – whereas the iPad will allow users to read papers, surf the web, view YouTube, write documents and listen to music without spending money on endless storage spaces and heavy(-er) notebooks and netbooks.