So finally the wait is over for millions of Apple fans. The iPhone 5 was revealed with much fanfare. Details of the new iPhone 5 did not meet the much hype created around it. After reading all the rumors on the Internet over past weeks, users still expected some surprise element looking at the Apple legacy. They did get a setback, as the new iPhone is not a leap over the older versions, at least for most users. The biggest feature is fast wifi, capable of speed above 100mbps. But for that customers need to have LTE connection from the broadband provider. And how many people would be interested in such high speed is another question that needs to be answered.
Meeting the expectations set by customers and exceeding the features of preceding models can be a daunting task for any organization when the product in question is already close to perfection. With the bar already so high, Apple was still able to come up with some really nice features and here is a list of a few I personally liked –
Take pictures while recording a video – How many times we have been met with this dilemma of still shots to video of an event. It is nice to know that now we can do both together. Android got this feature sometime back and now it is good to see that Apple has the same as well.
Panorama – 28 megapixel stitching together to form a panoramic image would be really beautiful. Again Samsung Galaxy S3 range and the new Nokia Lumia range boast of similar feature.
Microphone – Separate microphone when you are using the front or back of the camera. This along with noise cancellation should definitely lead to better voice quality.
Safari – Safari can open the same windows as are already open on your mac. Now this is a good feature for unified experience.
Siri – Personal assistant seems to be more intelligent. If you ask her, “ Which is the best movie?” She responds saying that it is a very subjective question. Apple had to do something about this after Siri had been telling users that Nokia Lumina was the best phone. Siri now has the capability to book you an open table for 4 in any city as it is integrated with OpenTableapp.
Passbook – This is a completely new addition. Passbook can collect all your e-tickets, boarding passes and loyalty card details at one place. You can even e-shred the boarding passes. How cool would it be to actually see the pass being shredded?
Gaming – iPhone 5 has the concept of time shift multiplayer, which means that you can actually play with your friends while they are not online. I am not sure how it would work though.
Racing – Demo of Real Racing 3 on the legendary race arena Laguna Sega showed full console quality in hands. Features like reflections off the side of the car, rear-view mirrors and lens flare promise to make it a more engaging affair.
Apple claims that iPhone 5 is 1.5 to 2 times faster in almost all applications and has a much longer battery life. Though the new features are not at par with expectations, we would see millions queue up to buy the new toy. Wall Street Journal thinks the device could actually boost the gross national domestic product of the US by up to an astonishing five percent.