Category Archives: iPhone 5
It looks like China will get the iPhone 5 sooner than previously thought, M.I.C. Gadget reports. Two models of the iPhone 5 received China Compulsory Certificate approval less than a week after it officially went on sale. Previous certifications took two months on average, with the iPhone 4S gaining its certification in December 2011 for sale in January 2012.
The iPhone 5 must also receive a MIIT network license and approval from China Radio Management before sales begin. M.I.C. Gadget suggests that sales will begin in October, but whether that’s fact or fodder for a Rumor Roundup, we’ll find out soon. But with the certification, the Magic 8-Ball is pointing to all signs looking good for a Chinese rollout of the iPhone 5 soon.
AT&T customers who bought their iPhone 5 off-contract can easily unlock their phone to work on another carrier, says a report in TechCrunch. Instead of faxing paperwork to AT&T and waiting for authorization, customers without a contract can simply connect their iPhone 5 to iTunes and restore it to unlock the device. After the restore process is complete, customers will be greeted with a message saying, “Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked.”
TechCrunch reached out to AT&T, which confirmed that a restore will unlock the iPhone 5 for customers who are not under a contract. Writer Romain Dillet tested it with his device and was able to get a signal on T-Mobile after he inserted a microSIM that was trimmed to fit into the iPhone 5. Other users on AT&T’s support forum also report success with this procedure.
If you would rather have your Lightning cable look bold instead of bland, then you should check out this custom mod by Double Helix cables. The cable maker is offering to take your Lightning cable and turn it into something that stands out from the crowd.
The customized cable is crafted from a stock cable and can be shortened to your preferred length. You can also enclose it in a silver or black sleeve and add a gold USB plug to the end. Not only does it look striking, the gold plug also won’t get stuck in your computer’s USB port, a problem that some people are reporting with the stock cable.
I’m a fan of Element Case iPhone cases, made in the USA by trained machinists using premium parts. No, they aren’t cheap. Yes, they are amazing. The latest from Element is the Sector, and it will fit the iPhone 5. Not only that, but the case debuts a single-screw connector, whittling down the number of screws needed to remove the case to one. That’s a welcome relief for those of us who like to remove their cases once in a while.
Full press release is below, but the Sector 5 will be US$159.99 with suede backing and $149.99 without. Element Case is now taking pre-orders.
One smartphone feature that has steadily improved over the years is the camera. Once a novelty, the camera is now an important selling point that can influence a person’s buying choice. Engadget recently had the opportunity to test the top camera-enabled smartphones at Nokia’s Tampere, Finland research and development complex and found that the iPhone outperforms most, but not all, of the competition.
The Engadget team was able to test the iPhone 5 against the Nokia PureView 808, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III and a prototype Nokia Lumia 920. The top performers in their low-light tests were the Lumia 920 and PureView 808, both of which include Nokia’s PureView technology. PureView uses an oversampling technique that captures a high-megapixel image and condenses it into a lower-megapixel image with impressive clarity and detail.