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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!