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Comparing the iPhone 4/5 displays under a stereomicroscope

Scientist Bryan Jones of the University of Utah wanted to know if the iPhone 5 display really was better than the already-impressive iPhone 4 Retina display. Being a retinal neuroscientist and a photographer, he had access to a Canon 1D Mk III DSLR and a stereomicroscope that let him examine the two displays in detail.

Though it’s hard to capture in an image, Jones says the iPhone 5 pixels are much closer to the glass surface than the iPhone 4. This observation isn’t surprising as the iPhone 5 uses new display technology that combines the touchscreen with the display. This contrasts with the iPhone 4, which sandwiches a separate touchscreen layer between the display and the glass.

Some users reporting difficulty removing Lightning cable’s USB end

If you’re having some problems with your new Lightning cable getting stuck in your Mac or PC, you are not alone. According to a CNET report, a growing number of iPhone 5 users are complaining that the USB part of the cable is difficult to remove from their desktop or laptop USB port. In some cases, iPhone 5 owners have traveled to the Genius bar in order to have the cable forcibly removed from their computer.

Apple support forum member Nclose took a close look at the USB end of the Lightning cable and noticed that the bottom notches, which hold the cable in the USB port, are deeper than the notches on previous iPhone sync cables. It’s possible that these notches on the Lightning cable are too deep and allow the tabs inside the USB port to grip extra tightly onto the cable.

Comparing the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S

The iPhone 5 isn’t a week old but we’re getting a lot of great photo analysis. In particular, Apple touted an upgraded camera, and folks are comparing it to the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

As you might expect, the 5 has a better camera than the 4S, although iMore notes that the 4S shot photos that seemed warmer. Check out their side-by-side comparison shots covering a range of shooting conditions here.

iPhone 5 online reservations now available

iPhone 5 online reservations now availableApple just upped the convenience of ordering an iPhone 5. Its online reservation system is up and running, so now you can place your order from your desk and receive your iPhone from your local Apple Store.

Customers should be able to pick up their phones on the next business day. Apple notes that phones are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis in the stores. So, ordering the day before is probably a good idea.

iPhone 5 online reservations now available originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Verizon won’t relock the iPhone 5′s GSM

Traveling overseas can be a big problem for US iPhone owners, as most of the iPhones sold in the US are locked to Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon. And while those carriers do have data roaming plans, the charges can quickly add up. That’s why everyone got so excited when it was revealed that that the Verizon iPhone 5′s GSM was not locked to the carrier. But soon the question became, what if Verizon decides to relock your iPhone 5 at some point in the future?

According to the AP, Verizon spokesperson Brenda Roney says the company doesn’t plan to re-lock iPhone 5s. That’s great news for US travelers, and might be the selling point if you’re still deciding what carrier to go with. Keep in mind, if you’re getting your unlocked Verizon iPhone, you’ll still need to sign up for a 2-year contract with them.

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