Apple Begins Taking Pre-Order Purchases Of iPhone 5 Today

English: The logo for Apple Computer, now Appl...

English: The logo for Apple Computer, now Apple Inc.. The design of the logo started in 1977 designed by Rob Janoff with the rainbow color theme used until 1999 when Apple stopped using the rainbow color theme and used a few different color themes for the same design. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apple begins to take pre-orders for iPhone 5 today.  At Apple website, Apple only allows 2 iPhone 5 pre-orders per person.  As usual, you can totally do a finance deal with Apple through Barclaycard credit card service.  At the purchase time, before you even add your iPhone 5 pre-order into a checkout cart, Apple would post a link to Barclaycard credit card service to allow you to sign up for a finance deal.  The deals are, at checkout, if everything you purchase on Apple at the time which is under $999, you don’t have to pay interest on the debt for 6 months.  Anything you purchase at the time is over $999, you don’t have to pay interest on the debt for 12 months.  If you’re already a Barclaycard credit card member who has an active Barclay credit card, you can totally use the promotional finance deals for iPhone 5 as long you purchase iPhone 5 with Apple (with Apple only) before October 18th.  The promotional finance deals for current Barclaycard member are the same as the new applicants for Apple/Barclaycard promotional deals (i.e., under $999 – no interest for 6 months, over $999 – no interest for 12 months).  Prices for iPhone 5 models are, $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB.  iPhone 5 only comes in black or white color, not much choice eh?  You still have to pay shipping fee, sale tax and so on at the checkout.  So, it won’t just be the listed prices of the iPhone 5 models that you have to worry about paying.  I almost forget to mention that you have to also weigh the prices of the 2 year contract that you want to sign up with which wireless provider.

The big differences I see when comparing iPhone 5 against iPhone 4S, one iteration back, are few.  The first big difference is that iPhone 5 has the latest processing chip known as A6, because the iPhone 4S uses A5 chip.  According to others, A6 chip has better performance and yet more energy efficience than A5 chip.  Perhaps, according to Engadget’s “Apple: A6 chip in iPhone 5 has 2x CPU power, 2x graphics performance, yet consumes less energy” article, A6 chip is a lot smaller in size, consequently allowing A6 chip to be more energy efficient.  The second big difference is that iPhone 5 is 0.37 inch taller, .07 inch thinner, and 0.95 ounces lighter than iPhone 4S.  The third big difference is that iPhone 5’s display resolution is higher than previous iPhone 4S and older models (i.e., iPhone 5 has 1136×640 resolution).  The fourth big difference can be an iffy, because I’m not exactly sure if this is the case — iPhone 5 supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard (the newer wireless standard which allows faster wireless data transfer/bandwidth speed across Wi-Fi network).  iPhone 4S and older models definitely do not support 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.  On the same note, iPhone 5 supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands, and older iPhone models only supports 2.4 GHz wireless band.  The fifth big difference is that iPhone 5 does not support existing Micro-SIM cards, therefore it only works with the new Nano-SIM card.  The sixth big difference is that iPhone 5 has better FaceTime camera which enables 1.2MP photos and 720p HD video; other previous iPhone models only support VGA-resolution photos and video.  The seventh big difference is that iPhone 5 won’t support 30-pin connector, because the new connector is much much smaller.  The eighth big difference is that iPhone 5’s battery lifespan of a single charge lasts longer in terms of browsing and standby time.

What do I think about iPhone 5?  According to other people, iPhone 5 isn’t that different than iPhone 4S and 4 in term of fashion, because iPhone 5 looks very similar to iPhone 4s and 4.  I can’t say I’m excited about having to see iPhone 5 keeps the same look of iPhone 4S and 4.  Nonetheless, iPhone 4S and 4 look really good from the beginning, therefore nothing can go wrong when iPhone 5 adopts the same polish look of iPhone 4S and 4.  So, I’m not terribly exciting, but I’m not disappointed either in term of iPhone 5 fashion.  There is one thing I must point out though, I don’t know how much I would like iPhone 5 for being taller than iPhone 4.  I guess, until Apple actually begins to ship iPhone 5 to pre-order customers, then I will know how much I would like iPhone 5 in term of being taller than iPhone 4.  Gotta feel it in your hand to know exactly how you feel about it, you know?  On other specs, I actually glad to see that iPhone 5 has better chip and is support 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.  Other than what I had said I like about iPhone 5, I can hardly say iPhone 5 is any more exciting than the first iPhone or iPhone 4.  How come?  If you have iPhone 4S, you know your iPhone 4S is just as capable as iPhone 5.  If you have the first iPhone, wasn’t it that excited to be one of the first iPhone generation users?  You get the gist!

Source:  http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/12/iphone-5-processor/

My Take On Why I Don’t Need iPad 3 Yet Or If Ever!

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Although Apple simply names the newest iPad yet as the new iPad, I prefer to refer to the new iPad as iPad 3!  Why?  It’s simply making more sense to call the third version of the iPad as iPad 3 than calling iPad 3 as the new iPad.  This is my personal take anyway!

Should I buy iPad 3 even though I already have iPad 2?  This question must be running through any iPad 2 owner’s mind lately.  Of course, the answer to this question cannot be generalized since everyone is different in regarding to how one wishes to use iPad 2 or 3.  Personally, I think I stick with my iPad 2 for the obvious reasons.

  1. My iPad 2 looks shiny and new as the day I first unboxed it!
  2. Although my iPad 2 is 3G capable, I don’t use it with 3G but with WiFi only — so iPad 3’s 4G LTE will not be useful to me!
  3. iPad 2 has a camera which I rarely use, and so iPad 3’s better camera might be just as useless.  A camera on iPad might be only useful for FaceTime, but taking photos with it would be rather cumbersome since it’s not easily to be handled as a smartphone or a real camera.
  4. It turns out the speed of iPad 3’s processor is not much improved over iPad 2’s processor (i.e., hardly noticing).  This website has a post on the comparison of the speeds of the processors of the iPad 2 and 3.
  5. It’s well known iPad 3’s graphic is hugely improved over iPad 2, but come to think of iPad 2 graphic, it’s not bad.  Plus, if I really want to see something gorgeous digitally, I would use my big flat screen TV anyway.  Also, my Windows Desktop has a very nice 25″ monitor which works beautifully in term of displaying gorgeous images.  I think iPad 2 is perfectly OK as displaying things on the go as it is.  Perhaps, iPad 6 or 7 comes out, then I’ll upgrade just for the heck of it to have a how many more times gorgeous display on the go (i.e., how many more times better graphic than iPad 3).
  6. iPad 3 has more RAM than iPad 2.  Even though iPad 2 has half of the RAM of iPad 3, I don’t see myself doing anything that is so RAM expensive on a tablet that I have to go for iPad 3.  Come to think of it, iPad 3’s 1 GB of RAM isn’t so much more than iPad 2’s 512 MB RAM, because anything RAM heavy in traditional sense might have to be 2 GB of RAM or more.  Well, that’s my take anyway on RAM spec for iPads.
  7. iPad 2 is thinner and lighter and has the similar battery lifespan as iPad 3, I think I’ll stick with iPad 2 for now!
  8. iPad 3’s design isn’t so different or better than iPad 2, therefore I don’t see iPad 2 is out of fashion in term of trend.
  9. Perhaps, when I buy iPad 9, I can brag I still have iPad 2 all along — and it looks shiny as the day I first bought it!

The reasons above are my take on why I should not buy an iPad 3!  Of course, the people who never have had an iPad ever, they should not follow my reasoning on why I should not buy an iPad 3, because they don’t even have an iPad yet!  Plus, I think the first generation iPad owners should consider an upgrade to iPad 3, because the specs for iPad 3 are vastly improved over their first generation iPad.  It’s just that I think iPad 2 owners might need to think twice before they decide to upgrade their iPad 2 to iPad 3, because it’s just too expensive and too early to do so (i.e., the improvements of iPad 3 over iPad 2 aren’t vast).  To end this post, I have to say the day I see myself upgrading from iPad 2 to whatever iPad newest version yet is the day that I have to use an app that is too powerful for iPad 2 to handle!