Apple is considered the leader in the smartphone market. In five years, the company has generated more than $150 billion in revenue from the iPhone family of handsets and accessories, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. More than 100 million iPhones have been sold.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company clearly doesn't plan to relinquish its standing anytime soon. The iPhone 5 is touted by many as the most innovative iPhone since the original, offering the first re-design of the product since the "squaring" of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 marks Apple's first time moving beyond its 3.5-inch touchscreen comfort zone, with the introduction of a lengthened 4-inch screen.
The first member of the iPhone family to divert from 3.5-inch screen, the iPhone 5 boasts a 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1,136 x 640 and 326 pixels per square inch. The iPhone 5 also re-introduces the front-to-back manufacturing model that was last seen with the iPhone 3GS. (One wonders if Foxconn, the electronics manufacturer of choice for Apple, had any influence in the change, as front-to-back manufacturing makes for easier assembly.)
Since the introduction of the iPhone by Apple in January of 2007, the handset has been the very definition of "iterative improvement."
The first iPhone, with its multi-touch screen and application-based environment, was considered revolutionary to the smartphone segment. Since that time, there has been five generations of iPhone models, each one improving on the model preceding it. The iPhone 5 is marketed as the most dramatic improvement of any new model, but does it really differ that much from its predecessors?
Click on the photo below to take a look inside the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 dissected. Click through the slideshow to see how we got here.
Kind of sad seeing a thing of great design beauty laid out in pieces like that ... but very interesting all the same. I haven't seen the iPhone 5.0 yet in person, but as a user of the iPhone 4 (pre Siri), I think the larger screen would be cool. I recently saw the Samsung Galaxy phone in person and that much larger screen is appealing, but I still contend the phone is not as well designed from an aesthetic standpoint as the iPhone.
On the downside of this new redesign, I've heard a lot of people saying the sleeker footprint is almost too minimalist (feels too slim, somewhat cheap). There are also a lot of complaints about the new adapter design since it means all those extra chargers, accessories, etc. won't work with the new model (unless of course you buy an adapter for your adapter--in true Apple fashion). Despite all of this, I still want one!!
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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