Category Archives: iPhone 5
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.
I think the best tests of a battery are real-world ones. Rob Pegoraro tested his iPhone 5 in everyday life and found that it matches up great with competitors. My favorite quote:
“Each figure beats any Android phone I’ve tested on an LTE signal, although some 3G models have done better.”
Algoriddim’s music-mixing djay app has been a hit on both Mac and iOS for a while now, so it’s not brand new by any means. But the iPhone version has just been updated with some new features, including compatibility with the iPhone 5′s wider screen. And while a lot of developers have been content to simply spread things out with the extra real estate, Algoriddim has gone the extra mile, and actually added in some functionality that takes advantage of the extra space. You can see the difference above: The new version has volume sliders on each side of the virtual turntables, and the BPM is represented for each track above those sliders.
There are two other big changes in the app that take advantage of new features in iOS 6. The first is that audio can now be routed within the iPhone, which Algoriddim calls a “game-changer” this means that the iPhone can send one signal out of its Lightning dock adapter, and another out of the headphone port at the same time, which means that with the right setup, DJs can listen to one track while another is playing. The latest version of djay, obviously, supports this. And the other change is that you can now buy and display music from iTunes right inside the app, which means users can pick up new jams without ever stopping the beat. Both of these features are pretty impressive, and make a big difference in how djay can be used to play music from the iPhone 5.
Apple’s iPhone 5 includes a new Lightning cable that drops the number of available pins from 30 down to eight. Besides its smaller size, the new cable is also reversible and lets you insert the plug without worrying whether it’s facing the right way. Apple says the cable has “an adaptive interface,” but doesn’t provide any additional information on this feature. Thanks to Apple Insider, which collaborated with cable expert Peter from Double Helix cables, we now know a few more details on how this adaptive interface works.
According to the report, the Lightning port likely uses the authentication chip within the cable to dynamically assign pins based on the cable’s orientation. When you insert the cable into your iPhone 5, the port determines which type of data is being sent and then assigns the pins based on the cable’s orientation. No matter how you insert the cable, the correct pin assignment is always applied.
As high-speed LTE services roll out across the US, many are wondering when their neighborhood will benefit. The iPhone app Coverage (US$2.99) produces zoomable maps that detail 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE coverage across all four major US cellular providers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and, for those willing to unlock their iPhones, T-Mobile.
The maps are stored locally, so a data connection isn’t necessary. I used it to explore my Arizona neighborhood, the East Coast and West Coast. My first impression is that broad LTE coverage is still restricted to the biggest cities, and Verizon is clearly way out in front. AT&T is significantly behind (though working on it), and Sprint and T-Mobile are barely players. That’s likely to change as time goes on, and the app will keep the maps updated.