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Unveiling iPhone 5


As we quickly approach the release of the iPhone 5, Let’s take a look back at iPhone and it’s humble beginnings. January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs unveils the first iPhone at a MacWorld conference. This original version started out at $499 for the 4Gb or $599 for the 8Gb. The 8Gb model put the iPod on a downward slope, as the phone could hold most of a person’s music collection. June 9, 2008 saw the release of the iPhone 3G. This iPhone came equipped with a larger memory and a much cheaper price tag. $199 for an 8Gb model or $299 for a 16Gb model. It also went from using a 2G network to a 3G network and had a GPS. It’s crowning glory??? The introduction of the almighty App Store, which was included in the iOS 2.0. Smartphones would never be the same again. The iPhone 3GS appeared on June 8, 2009 and came with even more memory than its predecessor a year earlier. Prices also stayed the same, $199 for the 16Gb and $299 for the 32Gb. The processor speed was upgraded as well as the camera, which essentially killed camcorders. iOS 3.0 added the ability to copy and paste, which was a welcome addition. The iPhone 4 was born on June 7, 2010, with another level of memory. Prices stayed the same for the 16Gb and 32Gb and the 64Gb debuted at $399. Up until now, AT&T had been the only carrier, so for years, the cellular traffic had been clogging up their towers and causing some problems with service. In 2011, Verizon was added to the carrier list,thus aiding AT&T in handling service “traffic jams”. Siri…(insert query here). With the iPhone 4S, people got their very own personal assistant. Users could ask Siri whatever their hearts desired and get some type of response, even if Siri simply said that she didn’t understand the question. Prices stayed the same for the 4S and even more carriers were added, T-Mobile was not one however.
So, here we are, a journey that began five years ago has led us to the release of the latest Apple smartphone, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 will be thinner and lighter than the 4S, 18% thinner to be exact and weighing in at only 3.95 ounces. It also promises a better battery life and the retina display has grown to 4 inches, allowing for a fifth row of icons, meaning fewer home screens. The chip is faster, enabling web pages and music apps to load faster. The main camera will basically stay the same, but the secondary front camera can film 720p hi-def video. The calendar will show a five day week and more events and the iwork apps will benefit from the bigger screen size. The glass back has been replaced by a metal back as well, a relief to those that have a tendency to drop their phone on a regular basis. The iPhone 5 will run on 4G LTE networks and Face Time will also run on 3G networks. Prices for the new phone are the same as for the 4S, it all depends on memory capacity.
Although there have been changes over the years, the success of the iPhone stems from hardware design. However,Apple should be credited for the invention of the “app world”. Siri…release date for the iPhone 5? September 21, 2012…who will be standing in line to grab the latest??