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John Gruber Reviews the iPhone 5 ➝

I absolutely love this bit from the beginning of his review:

Niceness is my explanation. The bored-by-the-iPhone tech press/industry experts surely value niceness, but they do not hold it in the same top-tier regard that Apple does. They are not equipped to devote an amount of attention to niceness commensurate with the amount of effort Apple puts into it. Apple can speak of micron-level precision and the computer-aided selection of the best-fitting of 725 identical-to-the-naked-eye components, but there is no benchmark, no tech spec, to measure nice. But you can feel it.

And that is what resonates with millions of people around the world.

It’s the type of thing that I’ve been trying to put into words for over five years — whenever anyone would ask me why I bought an iPhone. And, it’s the exact type of thing that the tech press is absolutely horrible at explaining to consumers. Apple hardware is just nicer than anything else I’ve ever used. From the large, extremely comfortable to use trackpads on their laptops to the beautiful Retina displays on their mobile devices. Everything feels nice.

Apple devices are much greater than the sum of their parts and Apple takes the time to make sure that is the case. When you spend any meaningful amount of time with these devices you can tell the difference between something that’s truly well made and something that was hastily put together, to be sold alongside the company’s six other similar offerings. Nobody else designs gadgets quite as nice as Apple’s.

Gruber also addresses a concern I had regarding the larger screen size:

Consider the windshield wipers on a car, and how, because they swing in a radial arc, they can’t reach the passenger-side top corner. Using the iPhone 5 is like that. There are two specific touch targets where this gives me trouble, both of which I invoke frequently.

I’m a little worried this will become an issue for me. My hands are (I would guess) slightly smaller than average and I have a feeling that I’ll have trouble reaching touch targets in the corners opposite from the side my thumb is on. I’ll certainly have to try using the iPhone 5 for a bit before I know for sure, but it’s definitely a concern for me.

The Thinnest, Lightest, Fastest iPhone Ever ➝

Apple today announced the iPhone 5 with a brand new design (that you may have seen running around the web lately) and some incredibly impressive internals. 4-inch Retina display, LTE, brand new A6 processor, all-new Lightning connector, etc.

Pre-orders will start September 14 and will be priced at $199, $299, and $399 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models respectively. They will also be available in stores September 21.

Apple Invites Press to September 12 Event ➝

Event wishlist:

  • Release a replacement for Frontrow.
  • Release iOS 6 GM.
  • Call it “The New iPhone” (regardless of what that shadow suggests).
  • Don’t release those hideous rumored headphones.
  • Make the dock connector Magsafe.

I don’t actually expect anything on my wishlist to come true — aside from the GM release  — but I am still excited for the announcement. The iPhone’s always been ahead of the competition and with every new release it seems like it’s getting further and further ahead.

‘Radical New Case Design’ ➝

Jonathan S. Geller:

BGR has independently confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will not merely be an upgraded iPhone 4 as had been previously rumored. We have been told by a reliable source to expect a radical new case design for the upcoming iPhone, though we have not been given any additional details surrounding the design of the new iPhone case.

We’ll see.

Bloomberg on the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 ➝

Tim Culpan, Peter Burrows and Adam Satariano:

Apple Inc. plans to introduce a new iPhone in September that boasts a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera, according to two people familiar with the product.

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s been following along. But, this bit about the iPad 3 is interesting:

The screen resolution on Apple’s new iPad would be about one-third higher than that of the iPad 2 and will boast a more responsive touchscreen, one of the people said.

I can believe that Apple’s working on a higher resolution iPad, but I don’t believe the resolution is going to be “one-third higher”. I don’t think Apple’s going to increase the iPad’s resolution until they can double it.

Reuters: ‘Apple to Ship New iPhone in September’ ➝

Kelvin Soh:

The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the smartphone will look largely similar to the iPhone 4, one of the people said on Wednesday. […] The sources declined to be identified because the plans for the new iPhone were not yet public. An Apple spokeswoman in Hong Kong was not available for comment.

Three of their sources say that the iPhone 5 will be released in September.

Production of iPhone 5 Rumored for September ➝

Neil Hughes:

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with Concord Securities issued a note on Monday offering alleged details of the next iPhone. His checks with supply chain sources indicated that the next handset from Apple will not feature an all-new-design, but rather only “slight modifications” from the iPhone 4.

He expects the iPhone 5 to feature an A5 processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, an improved antenna design, and for it to go into mass production in September.

iPhone 5 Will Not Launch in June ➝

Jim Dalrymple:

My sources said today that rumors of an iPhone 5 release at the end of June were completely false.

Sorry folks, the iPhone 5 will not be released in June.