Quick first take as usual. Apple iPhone 5s was as expected going by all the rumors before the announcement. Looks near identical with better internals, same display and finger print reading home button. Although it is technically a significant hardware upgrade, general consumers won’t be able to tell the difference between 5 and 5s except for higher price (at least in Australia) and the different looking home button. Being the arrogant(=stubborn) Apple that they are, I guess they probably think that is still more than enough to rake in the money. Maybe they are right. But I’m definitely not a fan.
Now for the iPhone 5c which most used to call the iPhone 5 “cheap”, we now know that it’s just a iPhone 5 “color” which is not so cheap. I can only recommend everyone to just save up a little more and get the 5s instead with a nice colorful case. Well, I personally do not recommend anyone to get the “iPhone” unless they know exactly why they are getting it. But if you still want one without knowing why, do go for the 5s so you can really enjoy the feeling of getting something the best that Apple has to offer right now and not the 5c which is so-2012.
Apple has put up some “untouched original” sample photos taken with the 5MP camera that’s onboard the new iPhone4 and it looks very impressive indeed. It will be interesting how it will fair up when shot indoors in a more difficult lighting situation. But these bright outdoor photos look as good as any standalone digital camera and looks to surpass most if not all current mobile phones in terms of sheer detail and clarity. However, you can see that it does have some noise reduction artifacts that makes some parts of the image more like a water paint than a photo. Still, it definitely doesn’t affect the feel of the photo too much and doesn’t show up on most other photos so I think it’s a good compromise. See a 100% crop image below for what I mean.
Unfortunately, there’s still no sign of any 720P at 30fps sample HD videos yet but when it’s out, you’ll be sure to see it mentioned here.
Apple has finally unveiled the mysteries behind the new iPhone4. We all knew how it looked like (thanks to Gizmodo) but now we know what it is capable of as well. It’s definitely a step up from the iPhone 3GS but it doesn’t look like it is a revolutionaly new device in terms of hardware and its capabilitities that many of us hoped for. (Such as a higher megapixel camera, extra memory card support, 3G video call support etc) Nontheless, I’m sure this will be even a bigger hit than the iPhone 3G and 3GS.
– 960×640 IPS Multi-touch capcitive LCD (awesome)
– Same 1Ghz A4 CPU as iPad (speedy 1ghz Cortex A8)
– 5MP Camera with LED flash (meh)
– 720P HD Video recording at 30fps (getting fairly common now)
– 16GB or 32GB built-in storage. No extra microsd slot. (meh)
– Can do video calls but only over wifi and only between iPhone4 (what?)
– Hardened glass body. Both front and back. (very sexy)
– US$199 for 16GB and US$299 for 32GB model. (quite cheap)