i Phone 5 updates .


 

Everything you need to know about iPhone 5.

Apple unveiled iPhone 5 – their hotly anticipated 6th generation iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12.

iPhone 5 is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than iPhone 4S and comes packed with new features and improvements such as a taller 4-inch display, faster A6 chip, support for faster 4G LTE networks, improved battery life, FaceTime HD camera and more.

Check out our in-depth look at iPhone 5′s:

  • Features And Specs
  • Improved Camera
  • All-New Lightning Connector
Photos:
Here’s a compilation of some of the best photos of Apple’s new iPhone we’ve seen so far, which should give you a glimpse of what it will look like in every possible angle.
Hands-on Video And First Impressions:
Check out this post for the hands-on video and first impressions of iPhone 5.
iPhones Compared
If you’re an iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS user, check out this post to find out what’s new in iPhone 5.
Benchmarks:
The first iPhone 5 benchmarks have already hit Geekbench. Based on the benchmark results it seems to be screaming fast. Take a look at how it stacks up against Android-based smartphones like Galaxy S III that are powered by quad-core processors.
The Competition:
iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Motorola Droid RAZR HD vs. Nokia Lumia 920: Specs Shootout.
Reviews:
Take a look at the first reviews of iPhone 5 by some of the well known tech writers and critics.

Release Date:

iPhone 5 went on sale in US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21.

iPhone 5 will be available in 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Pricing:

iPhone 5 will available for $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, $399 for the 64GB model for a two-year contract.

Upgrade Eligibility:

If you’re in the U.S, check out this post to find out how to check your iPhone 5 upgrade eligibility. If you’re on AT&T’s family plan, you can save money by buying the iPhone 5 using any phone number that is eligible for an upgrade. Find out how to use an upgrade eligible number to activate your new iPhone 5 on a different mobile number.

Selling your old iPhone:

If you want to buy an iPhone 5, then check out this post to find out when is the best time to sell your iPhone and the best places to trade-in your old iPhone. Don’t forget to follow these simple steps to erase data from your iPhone to get it ready for resale.

 

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Apple’s Lightning USB


 

Debuting alongside the iPhone 5 — just ahead of the fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nanoApple’s new Lightning to USB Cable ($19) replaces the classic 30-pin Dock Connector with a considerably smaller design.

While a recent analysis of Apple’s Lightning USB cable shows that the pins on the plug aren’t arranged symmetrically, suggesting that the Lightning port can dynamically reassign signals to each pin on the fly. “Dynamic assignment of the pins is the only way for the USB data to be routed” over the cable, according to boutique cable maker Double Helix Cables.

While the standard USB power is routed symmetrically, so that it always aligns with the same pin on the Lightning connector, the data pins are not.

“Take top pin 2 for example,” Double Helix’s Peter Bradstock told AppleInsider. “It is contiguous, electrically, with bottom pin 2. So, as the plug is inserted into the iPhone, if you have the cable in one way, pin 2 would go into the left side of the jack, flip it the other way and the same pair of pins is going to match up with the other side of the jack (as the electrical contacts in the iPhone’s jacks are along the bottom).”

Apart from that, the Lightning connector is very similar in size to a Micro-USB plug, and quite a bit smaller than the older Mini-USB connector

As Apple noted during the iPhone 5 introduction, the Lightning port was designed as a purely digital interface that could adapt to various output needs now and in the future. So the dynamic pin assignment design makes sense—it’s the only way Lightning could work with USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, or even possibly USB 3.0—though it does seem somewhat overkill for the needs of USB 2.0. Perhaps the varied pin routing discovered by Double Helix lets the iPhone 5 recognize the type of cable plugged in.