Two iPhone 5 Flaws that Show How Much we Miss Steve Jobs

Ever since Steve Jobs left his legacy at Apple, people have been asking, what would Steve Jobs do?

Now that the iPhone 5 has been on the market for the past four-or-so months, people are still asking, what would Steve Jobs have done differently to fill in the gaps from missing features in iPhone 4S?

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Samsung launched a marketing campaign jabbing at Apple’s newest phone, belittling its new design by pointing out its “biggest” achievements – like moving the headphone jack from the top of the phone to the bottom.

Samsung may have had some valid points, since this iPhone release was met with more disappointment than any previous releases. People take their phones seriously, whether it’s a smartphone or a home phone service. The reputation of the iPhone is so important that an Apple exec was even let go after the iPhone 5 release.

So how did this Apple fall so far from the iPhone tree?

Apple Maps

One of the biggest benefits of owning a smartphone is getting real-time directions and up-to-date maps. One of the biggest benefits of owning an iPhone is to get the best directions and the best maps. While no one expects perfection 100% of the time, what iPhone 5 customers got was below everyone’s standards. How below? So subpar that Richard Williamson, former VP of iOS Platform Services, was let go from the company has the overseer of Apple Maps.

Apple Maps replaced the popular Google Maps on the iOS platform, much to the dismay of millions of people who went out and stood in line to buy the iPhone 5. Why?

Blurry pictures – Is this real life? An image on your iPhone screen isn’t in beautiful, HD quality? When first released, Apple Maps images showed up as distorted, even warped.  Blurry pictures are not something that has previously been associated with iPhones, so the fact that the new 5 had taken a step back in quality was a big point of frustration for consumers.

Missing locations – Everyone knows the iconic Statue of Liberty. Everyone also knows that it should be standing proudly on Ellis Island. However, viral images went around of our Lady Liberty as nothing but a mere shadow.

Other reported mistakes were mislabeled locations, out-of-date locations, missing cities and towns, and misspelled cities (even the capital of Ukraine was spelled incorrectly).  Apple is quick and has made adjustments since these missteps were first reported back in the fall, but the fact that these mistakes were even made put a bad taste in consumers’ mouths.

NFC – Near Field Communication

One of the biggest wins for the iPhone 5 is Passbook. With this App, you can store boarding passes, concert tickets, coupons, rewards cards, etc. Something as convenient as this led many to believe that a Near Field Communication feature (or NFC) would be included as well.

NFC basically enables you to either touch or swipe your phone at a checkout, instead of using your debit or credit card.

As opposed to Apple Maps, this is considered a missed opportunity because it isn’t even included in the iPhone. However, word on the street is that the next iPhone adaptation will adopt NFC technology.

This is a guest post by Jesse Clark. Jesse is an experienced blogger with extensive knowledge in the field of smartphone technology.

iPhone 5 is thinner, wider and has an aluminium back in leaked Cases [Pics]

There have been so many iPhone 5 rumours being going around and it has been some time that I posted about any, but this is an interesting one. Apple would not be very happy with Case Mate, one of the leading manufacturers for Mobile Phone accessories, cases and screen guards, with its unintended leaks from of some telltale iPhone 5 / 4S cases.

As you can see in the picture below, which got posted on Case Mate’s page for iPhone 4S / 5 Cases, the iPhone shown within the cases has got an aluminium back instead of the glass back as in iPhone 4. You can also see in the picture that this iPhone is wider, thinner than the iPhone 4 (is this the iPhone 5?).iphone-5-4s-case

Below is what Case Mate has to say about the leaked iPhone cases on their page. The image (shown above) was removed from the page some time after they were leaked.

The wait is almost over as the next generation iPhone 5 / iPhone 4S will be released in the coming weeks. The new iPhone promises more technology than ever, all in the palm of your hand. The guessing game continues whether Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S. Case-Mate will be ready with a collection of iPhone 5 cases / iPhone 4S cases to protect your new iPhone in your own personal style.

There is not much that I would like to comment on this as there have already been so many speculations and predictions about the launch of new iPhone – nobody knows whether it would be called as iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. But, this one seemed interesting to me as the leak has come from a reputable brand and even matches most of the rumours we have heard so far regarding iPhone 5.

Some rumour mills have even predicted that there are going to be both 4S and 5 being launched on October 7 this year. And, I really wish that it turns out to be true 🙂

I would simply add this information as well to the pile of rumours we have been updating you about and would continue to inform you when the real product is revealed to the public, maybe on 07 October ;).

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iPhone 5 release expected in September; production starts in July 2011: Reuters

iPhone! Who has not heard of it and who does not want it; it is on every geeks’ wish list. A new version gets launched and soon after that rumour mills come into action and start speculating for the next generation product from the house of Apple. As soon as iPhone 4 was launched in June last year, experts have been predicting what is iPhone 5 going to have. We also shared with you an infograohic which summarises all the rumours for iPhone 5 features.

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Now, with the rumour mills done their bit for predicting the features of iPhone 5, they are equally active in putting down the date for the iPhone 5 launch. According to a report from Reuters, Apple is all set to launch the next generation of iPhone in September this year, for which the production is due to start in July. The report also says that iPhone 5 will have a faster processor but will largely look similar to the iPhone 4.

Reuters also posted about this on their official Twitter account @Reuters.

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The iPhone is one of Apple’s most successful products, with more than 16 million sold in the last quarter of 2010.

What do you think about the iPhone 5 launch? Is this delay from the normal June launch making you feel eager for the mighty device? Well, it is worth the wait. I am planning to upgrade, are you?

Top 27 rumours about the much awaited iPhone 5

After the release of the much awaited iPad 2 on March 02, the next big release expected from the house of Apple is the iPhone 5. iPhone has been the most successful and anticipated smart phone of all times; every geeks’ dream gadget.

The rumour mill has been very animated in predicting the features of the iPhone 5 with respect to how the next-generation iPhone will look like and what treat Apple is going to bring to its fans in the form of iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 is rumoured to have a metal backing, NFC technology, the same A5 processor as iPad 2 and and expanded screen size of 4-inches. The rumours also account for its new design, brushed metal back, sliding keyboard, larger screen, contactless payments, etc.

A French blog NoWhereElse has compiled a very neat and informative poster which highlights 27 of the most discussed iPhone 5 rumours, including indicating the weightage, how likely each rumor will make its way to iPhone 5. The Infographic is named “Complete iPhone 5 Rumour Roundup.” (Click on the picture to enlarge it)

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What feature(s) do you most want to see on the iPhone 5? Which feature(s) do you think will actually make it on iPhone 5 when its released? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.