Are you eligible to preorder the iPhone 5?

(MoneyWatch) If you're an iPhone fanatic, you probably watched Apple's iPhone 5 announcement on Wednesday as if it were the Superbowl. For everyone else, well, you probably think that it's just a new phone -- and not an especially innovative one at that, at least as compared to the iPhone 4s, which it's replacing. The iPhone 5's biggest claim to fame is a new, bigger screen. The 4-inch display comes close to offering a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the extra real estate lets the home screen display an extra row of icons. Native applications have been updated for the extra space, and it's only a matter of time before most popular third-party apps do the same. The phone is about 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter, and has a new beveled look around all the edges. The touchscreen is reportedly more accurate, and you should even see better battery performance. And that's despite a faster processor (reviewers have already called it noticeably snappier) and a higher resolution front-facing camera. There are a handful of other improvements as well, but at the end of the day there's nothing unexpected or awe-inspiring here. Even so, the iPhone 5 is expected to sell like hotcakes. Especially delicious hotcakes. Apple iPhone 5: A technological evolutionColors, prices, dates on new iPhoneApple iPhone 5: Top features If you're intrigued, pre-orders start today, and if you get your order in early you stand a good chance of getting your hands on a phone the day it shops in the U.S on September 21. But do you even qualify? If you're an AT&T customer with an existing iPhone that's still under contract (such as if you bought an iPhone 4s last year), the answer appears to be "no."'s Leanna Lofte is reporting that AT&T has changed its traditional policy of letting iPhone customers upgrade early for a nominal fee. In past years, you could step up from, say, an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 4s after just a year and not get penalized with a three-digit early upgrade fee. Continue Reading

With iPhone 5, Apple is out to prove it’s still king

(CNET) Apple (AAPL) made the case today that its newly unveiled iPhone 5 should take its rightful spot atop the smartphone food chain. But for seemingly the first time, it's not exactly a slam dunk that Apple's device belongs there. When the iPhone 4 debuted in June 2010, it was the phone to own. The Android phenomenon hadn't taken over yet, and Samsung Electronics was still finding its way. Established handset vendors Nokia and Research In Motion, meanwhile, were at the beginning of their quickly accelerating declines. The momentum was behind Apple and CEO Steve Jobs. Following a lengthier-than-expected upgrade cycle to the incrementally better iPhone 4S, and now the iPhone 5, things have changed. Android is pervasive, and Samsung now has a significant lead in the smartphone business with a franchise, the Galaxy S, that generates nearly as much buzz as the iPhone. Motorola is a part of Google. Nokia and RIM, meanwhile, are re-arming themselves with brand-new mobile platforms and are ready to fight to reverse their fortunes. And Tim Cook now has the reins of Apple. Apple by the numbers: 84M iPads, 400M iOS devicesPictures: Scenes from Apple's big eventFull coverage: The iPhone 5 arrives Most importantly, the iPhone is no longer leaps and bounds better than the competition and the obvious choice for consumers. Instead, rivals have caught up. The iPhone 5's main features -- a larger display, access to 4G LTE, and an improved camera -- can already be found on Android smartphones. For the first time, Apple can no longer stand apart from its smartphone competitors as a clear leader; it's right there in the middle of the fray. "Whilst the company is still reaping the rewards of the brand equity of the iPhone, consumers are notoriously fickle when it comes to buying handsets," said Ovum analyst Adam Leach. "Without the continued innovation which we are accustomed to with Apple, the company risks losing consumer appeal." While it may no longer be the obvious choice for Continue Reading

iPhone 5: Not that innovative, but hot, hot, hot

(MoneyWatch) Apple (AAPL) announced the iPhone 5 last week, it lacked the innovation many had expected after the company's previous 4S edition. And people just don't seem to care -- the latest device is selling like crazy. With heavy demand for the iPhone 5, Apple pushed back the ship date within hours of the item becoming available for pre-order on its website. That suggests early sales of the phone will dwarf anything the company has experienced to date. Some market analysts had already increased their iPhone sales projections significantly, even though there were no major surprises at the announcement. Piper Jaffray predicted that Apple will sell more than 27 million phones in the September quarter, up from the investment bank's initial prediction of 22 million. Apple iPhone 5: big innovation takes a holidayHow Apple could cannibalize iPhone 5 salesSome analysts increase iPhone 5 sales predictionsAre you eligible to pre-order the iPhone 5? As TechCrunch originally reported, the initial round of units that Apple had sold out in about one hour. To put that into context, it took about 20 hours for the iPhone 4 to sell out and 22 hours for the 4S. That's what apparently drove the reassessment of shipping dates. (Lines to buy the iPhone 5 have already started to form in front of the Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City.) There are three possible explanations for the frenzy. One is that people made an unusually quick dash for the new model. It's not as though there were so many new features that the phone seems like a functional must-have. Perhaps many had previously held off buying the 4S to wait for the next model. (The 4S sold very well, but then the entire smartphone market is still growing, so that would have helped.) Or perhaps the iPhone 5's larger screen was a feature that Apple should have added before, given how little screen real estate there was. Another possibility is that Apple lowered its initial order, either because of supply-chain constraints Continue Reading

CBS News Logo iPhone 5: 20 most-wanted features20. Enhanced voice control19. Micro-HDMI out18. Removable battery17. Expandable memory16. Biometric security15. NFC-enabled (near field communication technology)14. More memory13. Improved home screen and notifications system10. Better cloud-computing support12. Video chat (FaceTime) over cellular network11. Flash support10. Larger screen9. Better camera8. Dual-core processor7. Improved 3D graphics 6. Universal carrier support (CDMA and GSM)4. Better battery life3. Fewer failed and dropped calls2. An actual redesign1. 4G network compatibility

The one big thing missing from the iPhone 4 is next-gen 4G data network support, which is probably why Apple called it the 4 instead of the 4G. AT&T will reportedly have a 4G network up and running in 2011, whereas Sprint has already rolled out its next-gen network. Verizon has also deployed its 4G network, which currently works with one phone, the HTC ThunderBolt (the data speeds are impressive but the phone's battery life is a major drawback). However, the Verizon iPhone 4 doesn't support 4G data. Many don't believe Apple will include "true" 4G data support in the next iPhone 5, mainly because using 4G data networks are taxing on battery life. However, if Apple decides to delay the iPhone 5's launch date until the fall, the odds increase that it will make the iPhone 5 a true 4G phone. Chances of implementation: 50 percent To go back to the intro article and post a comment, click here. Continue Reading

CBS News Logo Apple rumored to be only maker of new iPhone 5 dock connector adapters

(CBS News) Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5 next week, which means rumors surrounding the new smartphone are at fever pitch. This time, a report is circulating that claims the company will be the sole maker of adapters for the iPhone 5's new dock connector. Leaked photos and video of Apple iPhone 5 real, blog claimsIs the iPhone 5 imminent? Apple announces Sept. 12 eventApple iPhone 5 rumors: New dock connector, fall release date Citing several sources, the blog iLounge reported that initially Apple will be the exclusive vendor for the iPhone 5's dock connector adapter. According to the report, the company has not offered developers specifications for the rumored dock connector. Additionally, the sources say the adapters will sell for about $10 each or $29 for a pack of three. In July, Reuters also reported that the iPhone's connector dock will switch from a 30-pin connector port to a smaller 19-pin port. At the time, analysts suggested that it would be a boon for the accessories market. But if iLounge's report is true, Apple may be the only one laughing all the way to the bank - at least for now. So why does this matter? If Apple changes the size of its dock connector, that means all past generations of iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches will need a converter to work with future generations of accessories, like docks, monitors and chargers. One analyst has already estimated that the iPhone 5 could sell up to 10 million units in its first week. The popularity of the smartphone could be incentive enough for Apple to play its cards close its chest. According to the Fiscal Times, the mobile phone accessories market took in $34 billion in revenue. Products made or approved by Apple made up about $2 to $3 billion of that number. One can assume that Apple is just trying to increase its market share We'll all get some answers soon enough. Apple's press event is schedule for Sept. 12. Continue Reading

CBS News Logo Google Maps app not planned for iPhone 5

(CBS News) Google has made no plans to launch a Google Maps app for the iPhone 5's mobile operating system iOS 6, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt told reporters in Japan. Apple released its iOS 6 last Wednesday. The new mobile operating system dropped the Google Maps app, which has been included in the iPhone since its initial release in 2007, opting for its own Apple Maps app instead. Users who have updated to iOS 6 have complained of getting lost, missing landmarks and lack of public transit directions. Reaction to Apple maps have ranged from cheeky tweets to the London Underground suggesting iOS 6 users pick up physical maps. According to Reuters, Schmidt spoke to a small group of reporters in Japan at a press event to announce the Nexus 7 tablet. His opinion is that Apple has made a mistake by dropping Google Maps. "We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?" Schmidt told reporters. "What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call." Whether or not Google Maps would be approved as a stand-alone app at the Apple Store is Apple's choice, Schmidt said, his comments suggesting that Google has not submitted an app for review. "We haven't done anything yet," Schmidt told reporters. It was rumored that Google had submitted a Google Maps app to the App Store, pending Apple's approval. Citing "roundabout sources," The Guardian reported last week that a Google Maps app will appear in time, but there is no official timeline. Neither Apple nor Google responded to CBS News' request for comment on the rumor. Continue Reading

CBS News Logo Consumer Reports says Apple’s iPhone 5 is “best iPhone yet”

Consumer Reports announced Friday that it recommends Apple's iPhone 5. Apple's newest smartphone has gotten mixed reviews since its launch. Customers have complained about the lack of Google Maps, purple light flares and scratched phones out of the box. In light of those complaints, it is still considered a phenomenal smartphone by many reviewers. Consumer Reports says that Apple's new smartphone is "the best iPhone yet." The report cites the larger 4-inch display, slim body, light weight and 4G LTE as some of the highlights of the iPhone 5. The agency also said that, aside from the Nokia 808's 41-megapixel camera, the iPhone 5's camera is the best seen on a smartphone. Consumer Reports does admit that there are some issues with the phone. Apple Maps "fell short" of expectations, when compared with other navigation apps. However, the agency still recommends the iPhone 5. Although the iPhone 5 is impressive, Consumer Reports scored it lower than the Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and below the Droid Razr Maxx on Verizon. The recommendation aligns with CNET's high ratings. Senior editor Scott Stein says the bottom line is that the iPhone 5 is "absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe." Apple announced the iPhone 5 on Sept. 12 in San Francisco. The new smartphone features a 4-inch display, 4G LTE, 1080p HD video quality, 720p HD front-facing video, Panoramic photos, a new Lightening connector and EarPods. Despite early criticism over Apple Maps, the iPhone 5 was a hit with consumers. On the Monday following its Friday launch, Apple's chief executive officer Tim Cook announced that the phone was sold out. More information about Consumer Reports' review can be found on its website. Continue Reading

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 gives users an options overload over Apple’s iPhone 5

If bigger is better, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 dwarfs arch-rival the iPhone 5. But when deciding which smartphone is worth the price, consider more than size. Personality counts, too. Do you prefer an overload of options, or is a simpler experience more your speed? While Tech Guru founder Daniel Moshe says the iPhone 5 continues Apple’s tradition of an easy-to-use device that “you can’t screw up,” Samsung’s flagship smartphone is all about stirring the senses. “It’s striking. It’s really impressive,” said Moshe, who runs a Minneapolis-based IT support company. “They’ve come a long way from making these ugly plastic things to a sharper-looking phone.” J.K. Shin, president of Samsung, shows off the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone at Radio City Music Hall. The Galaxy S4, which Samsung announced last week is the fastest-selling Android phone in history, bills itself as a “life companion.” As an evolved version of its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, this upgrade has Google’s latest Android OS, a thinner design with a larger 5-inch screen and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Compared to the iPhone 5’s 8 megapixels, pics on the Galaxy S4 appear more vibrant and with a better zoom function. There’s also a 2-megapixel front camera that allows you to simultaneoulsy snap a picture of yourself. You can also take pics with a voice command or employ an “eraser” mode to wipe out blurry parts of an image. Other unique features include a sensor software that reads your eye movement — web pages scroll automatically and videos pause when you look away from the screen. And as another add-on, the phone has an “air gesture” option. If you hover your finger over a part of the screen, it magnifies that area, or you can wave your hand above the device to answer a call or swipe through the phone’s picture gallery. But indulging Continue Reading

Apple to release iPhone 5 in September; will look like iPhone 4: report

Get ready for the iPhone 5.Apple will be unleashing the next version of its wildly popular gadget in September, Reuters reported on Wednesday.The production of the new version of the must-have device will start in July/August and will look largely similar to the iPhone 4, sources told the news wire service.Reports have been circulating online for several months about yet another sequel to Apple's ground-breaking smartphone.Earlier claims suggested the iPhone 5 may not reach store shelves until 2012 as a result of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Several key components are manufactured there.Apple may also delay the release of the new iPhone because of the popularity of the iPhone 4, which expanded its availablity through Verizon in February.Speculation about the iPhone 5 suggests it could feature an improved, 8-megapixel rear camera and faster processor. With News Wire Services Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Own an iPhone 5? It’s time to retire it if you want the latest iOS 11 apps

 LOS ANGELES — If you have an old iPhone 5 model you've been using for several years, now it's time to upgrade. Apple's new mobile operating system update, iOS11, will be released later this month, and it includes new features that won't work with some older iPhones. The cutoff is the iPhone 5, the phone that was first introduced in 2012 and pulled off the market 12 months later, and the 5C, released in 2013.Any phone afterward — iPhone 5S, 6, 6S, 7 and SE — can run the latest operating system. But the very niftiest features, particularly the augmented reality apps that will bring Pokémon Go-type digital overlays onto your physical world — will only work with later model phones.  More: 11 changes coming to iPhone with Apple's iOS 11 More: Get ready for thousands of augmented reality Apple apps    If you're hanging on to an original iPhone 5, here are some of the new operating system changes you'll miss. Also note that later operating systems are more secure from cybersecurity breaches. —Apple Pay for friends. Riffing off the popular Venmo app, where millions of students split pizza bills and rent notices via the peer-to-peer app, Apple is bringing the same technology to its text message network, Messages. The advantage over Venmo: no app to install, and Apple already has your banking information on file. —Do Not Disturb. To help curb distracted driving, Apple's new feature lets you turn off notifications and other disturbances while you drive. First you have to agree to turn it on. —New filters and compression for photos. Always running out of room to take new pictures on your phone? IOS11 introduces a new system that effectively makes the file size of your photo smaller, but retains the quality, enabling you to take more photos. Apple also has new filters to jazz up your image. — A redesigned lock screen that promises Continue Reading