Heaven Comes to Earth – iPhone 5 Lands

Nirvana’s here.

I mean, the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 Picture - SearchIndia.com
Apple has just launched the iPhone 5 in San Francisco.

IPhone 5 Specs:

* 4-inch screen (previous iPhones had 3.5″ screen)
* Retina display of 326ppi, 1136×640 resolution
* 7.6mm thin (18% thinner than iPhone 4S)
* Weighs 112 grams (20% lighter than 4S)
* LTE capable for faster connectivity
* New A6 Processor, 2X faster than the A5 chip; 2X faster graphics
* Battery offers 8 hours of 3G talk time/browsing and LTE browsing; 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, 225 hours of standby
* 8-megapixel camera, 3264×2448, backside illuminated, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, fast f/2.4 aperture, Panorama feature
* 720p front camera
* 1080p HD video, improved video stabilization, take photos while recording
* Updated audio, 3 microphones
* Improved speakers, noise-canceling earpiece
* New all-digital, ‘Lightning’ connector
* 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11n (2.4GHz and dual channel 5GHz up to 150 Mbps WiFi
* Free Turn-by-turn directions (GPS)
* iOS 6 software
* Safari full screen mode
* VIP mail feature for important mail
* Passbook to store tickets, airline boarding pass, coupons etc in one place
* Improved Siri with movie recommendations and sports scores

iPhone 5 in Landscape Mode

Pricing remains unchanged from the 4S.

It’s $199 for the 16GB model, $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB), all with a 2-year contract.

Pre-orders start Sep.14 in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Shipping starts September 21.

Who’s going to buy the iPhone 5 first?

14 Responses to "Heaven Comes to Earth – iPhone 5 Lands"

  1. gandhiji   September 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Not me.

    Are you going to?

    Hopefully iOS 6 will be fully functional on 4s and iPad 3. Wifey will love the passbook feature.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:


    Now that Siri is a ‘mature’ technology, I want to tell her, Bend over, B*tch! 😉

    I usually skip one generation because there’s not much value in consecutive models.

    I skipped the first iPhone, got the 3G, skipped the 3GS, got the 4 and skipped the 4S.

    So I guess it’s perhaps time to seriously look at iPhone 5.

  2. kage_11   September 14, 2012 at 5:14 am

    A truly boring upgrade for iPhone4S customers.

    After all the hype, the best Apple could come up with was increasing the height of the phone.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Good Lord, the iPhone 5 does everything except give you a shag.

    And here you come whining like a sniveling baby.

    The iPhone has changed the concept of a mobile phone.

    Until 2007, the best mobile phone was what? The clunky Motorola RaZr?

    In Evolution terms, the iPhone’s journey has been remarkable. Imagine, it took over 25,000 years to move just from the Neanderthal to Homo Sapiens.

    But in a mere 5 years, the iPhone has become a trailblazer. The yardstick by which every other phone in the world is measured.

    From iPhone 4S to iPhone 5 is not an insignificant upgrade with several new/improved features like LTE (faster speeds), larger screen, faster processor, turn-by-turn directions, better audio (3 microphones), updated speakers, Retina display etc.

    Jesus probably had you in mind when he uttered the following line in the Sermon on the Mount:

    Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

    Source: Matthew 7:6

  3. Naveen   September 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Of course It it has the potential to be used for shag… women love its vibrate mode. Hell! even some men might! 😉

    However, iPhone is a deficient product. It is so incomplete even after so many evolutions.

    I cannot use it as a lighter. It has the perfect shape for it.

    I cannot use it as a wireless mouse

    I cannot use it as a bursh to do scrub my dishes

    I cannot use it as a comb or toothbrush

    I cannot use it as a iron box.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    But I can use the iPhone to approve this comment!

    That’s the only thing that matters. 😉

    BTW, the iPhone 4 can be used as a Remote for Roku. I used to some 12-16 months back (the last time I checked).

  4. tiramisu   September 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Looks like Apple has released quite a few nice features here, hardware and software. But nothing revolutionary here.

    I am a happy (for the most part) owner of a iPod, iPhone 4S, iMac, MacBook air, Airport extreme, iPod touch …. But I think I will be looking at a Samsung Galaxy S3 or a HTC one X as well instead of an automatic iPhone5 upgrade.

    Some of the features in the Galaxy are very nifty, useful and innovative. It looks like the advantage that apple had in the smartphone segment is tapering off. One wonders what the next big killer innovation that Apple can produce ? Amazon seems to be doing a nice steady job in whatever they do – they got the ebook segment covered and now seem to be making good inroads into media delivery nipping at the heels of iTunes.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. First, 99.99% of people don’t understand the meaning of the word “Revolutionary.”

    Hell, the world has barely seen three or four revolutions in the last few hundred years.

    And yet people go around throwing words like “revolutionary” as if it were an everyday occurrence.

    The next revolutionary thing in mobile phones can only be an invisible-to-others micro chip implanted in one’s head where the ringing is audible only to the wearer. No microphone will be required because you won’t need to speak loudly for the caller to hear you. Just your ‘silent’ thought process will do the trick. Should I patent the idea? 😉 Oh well, I’ll use the Prior Art defense!

    Or until we see stretchable/collapsible devices, which are still out in the future.

    With conventional (existing) technology, it’s going to be only incremental, evolutionary feature upgrades.

    2. I will concede that the Galaxy S3 is not an unattractive phone.

    I must play with it at one of Amazon’s going-out-of-business-soon demo centres like Best Buy or Staples.

    3. I’d be very surprised if the Amazon Kindle makes any headway, its lower price notwithstanding.

    Price is an element in purchasing decisions but not the sole consideration.

    The Apple emotional connect a.k.a. stranglehold over the psyche of hundreds of millions is going to be very hard to break.

    4. Am considering a MacBook Pro 13-inch (non-Retina). I like the old-fashioned idea of having a CD/DVD player.

    • tiramisu   September 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I’d still submit that Apple commoditizing and successfully mass marketing a single device that could play music/video, wireless communicate, serve as a computing device with a touch interface was revolutionary – in the field of consumer digital technology that is !

      Steve Jobs did bring ‘revolutionary’ into our lives once..maybe twice. Don’t know if the company sans Steve will ever bring another ‘revolutionary’ into our lives or if we have to make do with ‘evolutionary’.

      BTW – embedding devices into bodies has been thought of – http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/dreams-of-human-embeds/2008/03/28/1206207352924.html

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      1. True, the first iPhone was quite novel, almost revolutionary in form and function but since then it’s been incremental steps to make it better and expand its functionality – 3G, LTE, turn-by-turn directions, better camera etc.

      I suppose that’s the way inventions work – one giant leap and several small steps and then another big leap…..

      2. I’d say embeddable cell-phones are several decades decades out in the future because the complexity and integration involved would be orders of magnitude higher than current technology.

  5. zarboan   September 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    iphone 5 has it coming,sm interesting twists and turns ahead for iphone 5.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. We’ll have to wait for the first reviews of iPhone 5 to see if the promised features work as described.

    2. The Apple vs Samsung skirmishes are just a proxy battle, the real war is between Apple and Google.

    If sense prevails, they’ll cross-license the patents and duke it out in the marketplace.

    In any case, some nice entertainment lies ahead. 😉

  6. zarboan   September 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I thinks there’s a really tough mobile competition ahead ,with nokia coming up with windows 8 lumia phones,and i phone 5,samsung and htc’s windows 8 phones which may result in price decline of existing android phones in market.

    Besides windows 8 user interface looking more enticing and attractive compared to other platforms.

    The only thing that bothered me while buying existing windows 7.5 mango phones is they are single core phones,now they are capable supporting multiple processors they might be more successful (they are already successful),besides nokia lumia 920 with pure view technology is smthing worth looking forward to,as previous nokia 808 came with poor specs.

    It may be a revolutionary innovation in mobile cameras which may make other manufacturers running back to their desks.

    And both iphone5 and lumia920 phones are releasing within one month gap,who knows what may happen.

    The plus points of iphone 5 are apples publicity techniques and catchy phrases,but lumia’s are coming with fashionable colors and looking more trendy.

    Anyway i think nokia is back in business to give tough competition.i think i’ll go for lumia 920 from my S2.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: existing windows 7.5 mango phones is they are single core phones,now they are capable supporting multiple processors they might be more successful (they are already successful)

    Windows phones “Already successful?”

    Ha ha ha ha. What are you smoking?

    After being around for two years, 3.5% market share for Windows phones hardly counts as successful.

    Source: Computer World http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows-phone/20982/new-market-share-figures-show-windows-phone-still-cant-gain-traction

    In two years (between launch in 2007 and 2009), iPhone grabbed 14.4% market share. iPhone now has 16.9% marketshare.

    Source: http://www.gsmdome.com/marketing/iphones-market-share-doubles-in-one-year-smartphones-sell-like-hot-cakes-in-2009_13501

    2. Unless Microsoft is able to boost marketshare for the Windows phone developers won’t create apps and peripheral vendors won’t build add-on complementary devices. Without a solid ecosystem of apps and add-on devices, Windows Phone marketshare will fall further.

    I blame that jackass Steve Ballmer for Microsoft’s failures in mobile phones and Bing.

    • zarboan   September 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      i said they are successful compared to it previous phones,like N8,X7 etc which are big fails and it doesn’t even have a high end phone to boast off in past few years since the beginning of smartphone era and completely left behind in competition.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Comparatively or historically or any which way you look, Microsoft’s Windows phones seem to be getting the cold shoulder from customers.

      • zarboan   September 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        have you watched this new commercial? really funny,isn’t it?

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        Just did….

        But I did not find the Ad amusing.

        Most ads that I see are crappy and leave me cold. After the software and film communities, surely the ad world must employ the dumbest SOBs.

        One of the rare Ad copywriters to impress me was Christopher D’Rozario of Trikaya (I’m talking of India in the 1980s now).

        But I doubt it’ll make any difference to the Apple fan-boys.

        Do you think Samsung can sell $156 billion worth of Samsung Galaxy phones?

        That’s the amount of revenue Apple has earned from iPhone, June 2007 to June 2012. 244 million iPhones sold and not counting the current quarter.

        Now, let me get back to my movie One in the Chamber.

  7. gandhiji   September 20, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Did you upgrade to iOS 6.

    I think many of the 6 features will not be available on iPhone 4.

    I think 4s got all features that 5 got, but iPad 3 didn’t get some that 4s/5 got (eg. passbook, panorama camera). Siri is on iPad now, but she is still not bending over.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No, I don’t plan on upgrading to iOS6 since there’s no great benefit in doing it with the iPhone 4 or the iPad 2 (non-cellular).

    Plus, a lot of folks are not happy with the new Apple map.

    One tip for users (only in the U.S.) is that when you are walking to a restaurant or some other destination with Yelp open and you don’t know the direction – you can use Yelp’s “Directions to Business” which relies on Google Maps. I use that a lot when I get out of a subway station, don’t know the exact address and not sure which way to turn. Beats asking some surly MoFu for directions.

    I fear that convenience would be lost if I switch to Apple Maps.

    Gripings about Apple Maps:




    • gandhiji   September 20, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I rarely use the iPhone/Android maps app.. 200 MB plan being the main deterrent. I did check the maps app after the upgrade, but I didn’t notice anything glaringly wrong.. I thought it was better looking. And we do have an Android phone too.. so we are covered.

      p.s: If you like pop music, you can try out the American Idol Live Tour app. It is a pretty good collection of songs and it is free! You can sing along with it, and It records your singing and autotunes to make it sound better.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      I’m ‘grandfathered’ under AT&T’s old ‘Unlimited’ data plan…so not an issue. Battery probably runs out faster with Location Services on.

      I’ll check out American Idol Live Tour app.

    • kage_11   September 22, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Google must be delighted as to how the Apple maps feature turned out to be a dud.

      Very surprising as to how Apple allowed such half-baked product out of their stables. The thing I liked most about Apple products was how well all their products/apps felt as well-build, all the major kinks will be ironed out. They will not rush a product out, just to be a feature which is market first.

      My friend here in India has an iPad3 and he just upgraded to iOS6 and he is dreading it. The maps app seems to be optimized for US, UK and such countries where the mapping data is great. The maps does not work properly in India.

      [Deleted – Will respond to this issue via e-mail]

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      1. For a product that costs $650 and above (unsubsidized), Apple’s map fiasco with iPhone 5 is unpardonable!

      The tragedy is that people are still standing in line to buy it.

      99% of the world will eat dung if you tell them it’s caviar. 🙁

      The iPhone 4 too was not without problems. Some of the issues I faced with iPhone 4 – iPhone 4 Problems – Phantom Calls, Disappearing Songs, Unringing Alarms; Apple is a C*nt

      2. I have decided not to update to iOS 6 for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

      SI happy with Google Maps. Very convenient feature to keep.

  8. Dr.Logu   September 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm


    I believe just like freedom of speech, you should have freedom to ignore things that you don’t agree with.

    There are ALWAYS going to be things out there that will offend somebody.

    The best option is to just dismiss it. However turning around and blaming the West for the actions of individuals seems to me to be something of an over reaction

    Did you watch that youtube clip??…..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Should Islam ever get more powerful, things are bound to get very difficult for people professing other religions.

    Several dozens have already died and hundreds lie injured.

    2. Yes, I watched the YouTube clip/trailer.

    Poorly made junk….worse than Thandavam trailer. 🙁

    3. Salvation will come to these foolish humans only when they realize the folly of believing in nonsense like God, Heaven, Hell, etc.

    The Earthly life is all that exists and all that matters.

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