IPhone 5 – the key features explained

The iPhone 5 is the latest smartphone from Apple. It went for sale on September 21 this year and it is also the first of the iPhone series to have a built-in free turn-by-turn navigation system thanks to the Apple maps application. This is only one of the many new important features of this next generation of iPhone.

The new key features:

1. The larger screen: four inches instead of three and a half

All the previous iPhones have stuck to their original screen size which was 3.5 inches, but this has made a lot of people complain because iPhone 5’s rivals all have significantly larger screens. Some even have screens as big as 4.8 inches! Therefore, iPhone 5 now has a 0.5 inches bigger screen, but you can still comfortably hold it with one hand only and operate with it. The advantage of the bigger screen is that you can see some more information on your screen at any given time. All of the applications by Apple have now been changed in order to fit the bigger phone screens and you can have five rows of icons on your home screen instead of four. This can be quite handy in case you run out of space easily. The apps that have not yet been updated to fit the new bigger screens will have black bars showing above as well as below and this will remain so until they are updated.

2. Supports a faster 4G network

It has been widely advertised even before the release of iPhone 5 that it will support the newest and fastest standard for mobile Internet – 4G. However, a lot of mobile carriers have not updated to 4G just yet and some users will need to stick to 3G for quite some time. The advantage of 4G Internet is that it is supposed to be as much as four times faster than 3G Internet. In strong signal areas you are supposed to get speeds up to 20 Mbps at any time. This is surely fast enough to stream any HD video and is even as fast as some of the home broadband connections.

3. The new and smaller dock connector

Another thing that has been changed about iPhone 5 is the dock connector. The new one is about 80% smaller than the old ones. It is also reversible, which means that you can put it in with either side up and it does not matter. This, however, means that you cannot use your old accessories with your new iPhone.

4. This problem can be solved with the help of the new adapter made by Apple to solve such problems. All you need to do is put the old connector at one end of the adapter and the new one at the other end to make everything work.

5. Super comfortable headphones

Each new iPhone 5 has a set of EarPods that have been developed by Apple over a period of three years. The advantages are that these are supposed to fit more comfortably and the sound is supposed to be a lot better. This means no more annoying sound pollution that was common for the previous Apple headphones.

Turn Your 3G IPad Into A Giant Phone With Phoneitipad

Many users have been hoping for a time when they could ditch their phones in favor of only carrying their IPad as their primary phone. Thanks to famous IPhone developer Iphoneislam you can now do just that. It does require you jailbreak your IPad, which voids your warranty so continue at your own risk.


How It Works

Phoneitipad is a hacked application available from the Cydia marketplace for jail broken IPads. What it does is fool the operating system into reading the sim-card and interacting with the network as if it were an IPhone. In order for the application to work properly it requires a jail broken original IPad running IOS version 4.3.3. Just install the app, register it on their website and insert a working sim-card and your IPad now really is a giant IPhone. For those who purchased a 3G IPad from ATT it’s important to mention that the sim-card included will not work because it’s configured for data only. If you also have an AT&T or T-Mobile smartphone you can just take the sim-card from that phone and insert it in your IPad. The IPad now has the same number the other phone did and when someone calls you, it will ring in place of your old phone.


Other Things To Consider

There are a few others things to consider before attempting to use this app. Currently only the original IPad is supported and while the developer is committed to supporting future hardware and software updates there is no guarantee it can be done. Because of the IPads size by default it answers calls in speaker mode. An easy solution to this problem is to simply plug in a wired headset. While the IPad does have Bluetooth, since it was never intended to be used as a phone it does not support wireless headsets and likely never will. If you understand the limitations and either don’t mind or already have jail broken your IPad then this can be a great way to make the coolest guy gadget around even cooler. The app is available from the Cydia market place for $20.


Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer at First in Education where recently she’s written on online jurisprudence programs along with a piece on environmental science technology programs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, playing piano, and working with origami.