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Apple's newly unveiled iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone on the market and the lightest iPhone yet, all while packing in a taller 4-inch Retina display and high-speed 4G LTE connectivity. It launches in nine countries on Sept. 21 after a round of pre-orders on Sept. 14.

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Thinner design, more features



The redesigned iPhone 5 features a 7.6 mm aluminum "uni-body" chassis with diamond cut edges and glass inlays for what Apple calls "incredible fit and finish." The design is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the last generation iPhone 4S.

?iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we?ve ever created,? said Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller. ?We?ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.?

In cutting down on the iPhone 5's thickness, Apple created a new, smaller 9-pin dock connector dubbed Lightning. The all-digital connector features adaptive operation that uses only necessary signals for each attached accessory. In addition, the 30-pin dock connector replacement is reversible. Adapters will be available to ensure compatibility with legacy accessories.

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One of the iPhone 5's highlights is the new 4-inch 1136-by-640 pixel Retina display, the first screen size change since the first iPhone launched in 2007. Apple chose to stretch the screen's vertical dimensions rather than making it wider, thus retaining the ability for users to operate the device with one hand.

All of the native applications in iOS have been updated to take advantage of the new, larger display. In an on-stage demo, Schiller showed off how Calendar shows off a full five-day workweek, and how the iWork suite has been updated to use the expanded real estate. Old applications will run letterboxed on the larger screen, with black borders on either side centering the application, allowing for what Schiller called "pixel-perfect" rendering. He said that developers will be able to quickly and easily updated their applications to take advantage of the new display.

The new panel uses in-cell technology that integrates the touch sensors into the Retina display, allowing the screen to be even thinner and sharper while producing minimal glare in sunlight. Schiller said the new screen has 44 percent better color saturation, with full sRGB rendering.

Connectivity



Another major feature of the new iPhone is 4G LTE connectivity, which allows for the fastest mobile data connections available. The iPhone 5 also sports a dynamic antenna that switches between connections seamlessly. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are slated to support 4G LTE in the U.S. while the handset will be compatible with Rogers, Telus, Bell, Virgin and Fido in Canada. More carriers were also listed for Europe, Australia and Asia.

In addition to the existing HSPA+ network compatibility, the iPhone 5's new baseband chip brings DC-HSDPA support, allowing Apple to offer the handset over a more diverse set of carriers.

The Wi-Fi chip retains the usual 802.11a/b/g/n specifications, but adds dual-band 802.11n support to achieve speeds up to 150Mbps.

New A6 Processor



The all-new A6 processor promises graphics and CPU performance up to two times faster than the legacy A5 chip. Schiller said the A6 will launch Pages more than twice as fast, save an image from iPhoto 1.7 times as fast, load the Music app with songs 1.9 times as fast, and view a Keynote attachment 1.7 times as fast.

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The addition of 4G LTE and the A6 CPU will not have a negative effect on battery life, according to Apple. Schiller said that the new iPhone 5 will not only match, but will exceed the battery life of the iPhone 4S, offering 8 hours of 3G or LTE talk time and Web browsing.

Rob Murray from game developer Electronic Arts appeared onstage at Wednesday's event to show off Real Racing 3 running on the iPhone 5. The new processor allows for the racing title to render real-time reflections and live rear-view mirrors.

Improved Cameras



The rear-facing iSight camera has been upgraded and now sports an 8-megapixel sensor that captures images as large as 3,265-by-2,448 pixels. The new imager boasts a five-element lens assembly with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 and a sapphire lens cover, allowing it to be thinner and more durable than its iPhone 4S counterpart which used regular glass.

Image capture is said to be 40 percent faster, while a new image processor in the A6 promises to reduce noise and accomplish better color matching.

Also built in to the iOS 6 camera application is support for panoramic photos. Users simply sweep the scene horizontally to maximize resolution, which can result in a 28-megapixel image.

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The rear camera can record 1080p high-definition video with improved the video stabilization, face detection for up to ten faces and the ability to capture still photos while recording. The forward-facing FaceTime HD camera also uses a backside illuminated sensor that records 720p video. Both cameras will integrate with the new iCloud Shared Photo Streams, a new iOS 6 feature that allows users to share photos through Apple's cloud service.

A new rear-facing microphone has also been added between the camera and LED flash, allowing for improved audio recording and noise cancelation. In comparison, the iPhone 4S used two microphones, the usual unit at the bottom of the handset and one located at at the top next to the headphone jack.



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Pricing and Availability



As with previous iPhones, the iPhone 5 will be available in two colors: black and white. The white model has a raw aluminum back, while the black version has a black anodized metal back.

Pricing will be identical to previous years, with the 16 GB model available for $199 with a new two-year contract, 32 GB model for $299, and 64 GB for $399. Preorders will begin this Friday, Sept. 14, and it will launch in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore a week later. Apple's iPhone 5 will roll out in 22 additional countries on Sept. 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.

Technical Specifications



Size and Weight
  • Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
  • Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)

Display
  • 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch Retina display
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Camera
  • 8-megapixel iSight camera
  • Panorama
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Face detection in video or still images
  • LED flash
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Photo and video geotagging

Cellular and Wireless
  • GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
  • CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
  • GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Location
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular

Power and Battery
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Audio
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

Headphones
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Storage and travel case

TV and Video
  • AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
  • AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Sensors
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Rating for Hearing Aids
  • iPhone 5 (Model A1428): M3, T4
  • iPhone 5 (Model A1429): M4, T4

System Requirements
  • Apple ID (required for some features)
  • Internet access
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
    • Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
    • PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 10.7 or later (free download from www.itunes.com/download)

In the Box
  • iPhone 5
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation
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Uh oh, more color saturation, how long before we hear people complaining that the new iPhone doesn't reproduce colors the same as their iPhone 4S?
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Originally Posted by lilgto64 View Post
Uh oh, more color saturation, how long before we hear people complaining that the new iPhone doesn't reproduce colors the same as their iPhone 4S?

 

Don't worry, the yellowing complaints at launch will even that out. 

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iPhone 5 has been confirmed.  Tallest Skill, you must apologize to all of us now.  Don't be afraid, just admit you were wrong and mean to those of us who disagreed with you :)

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Originally Posted by techguy911 View Post
Tallest Skill, you must apologize to all of us now.

 

Nope. I was wrong about the name, not about my logic. That's all that needs said.

 

I'm actually surprised no one has taken me up on my offer yet. lol.gif

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Tallest Skill, you must apologize to all of us now.

Nope. I was wrong about the name, not about my logic. That's all that needs said.

I'm actually surprised no one has taken me up on my offer yet. lol.gif

Expecting anything other than you dodging the issue in order to save face would be too much.
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They didn't really give too many details on the A6,I assume it's still dual core?

 

EDIT:Anandtech says that the A6’s CPU is dual-core Cortex A15


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It is clear now that this is a worst ever kept secrete in the consumer electronics.

Steve would have fired the entire security department if that had happened in his lifetime.

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Originally Posted by Vaelian View Post
Expecting anything other than you dodging the issue in order to save face would be too much.

 

I've directly faced the issue. Both now and before the name was released. Your decision to ignore what I've said is your choice.

 

THIS THREAD WILL NOT BECOME ABOUT ME. PEOPLE WANT TO CONTINUE THIS, DO IT VIA MY SIGNATURE.

 

So how long before the Bohemian Rhapsody comments?

 


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It is clear now that this is a worst ever kept secrete in the consumer electronics.

Steve would have fired the entire security department if that had happened in his lifetime.

 

So he fired the entire security department when the iPhone 4 was stolen? He didn't even fire Grey Powell.

 

It is clear the people that say this don't have a clue what they're saying.

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C'mon apple...

WOW us...


don't tell me about new (technical) features, but tell me how it's going to change the way I think about mobile phones.
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Where's the wow factor?

 

This is pretty tired. Everything Apple's "incorporating" has been in an Android device for almost a year now, in some cases longer.

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Originally Posted by ruckerz View Post
don't tell me about new (technical) features, but tell me how it's going to change the way I think about mobile phones.

 

Why would it? Not every release is or is meant to be revolutionary over evolutionary.

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I've seen enough o the Iphone 5, show me the Ipad Mini

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I've seen enough o the Iphone 5, show me the Ipad Mini

 

The fact that they specifically covered the iPad already (almost for no reason really) was the near verbal answer you're not getting it today.

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Where's the wow factor?

 

This is pretty tired. Everything Apple's "incorporating" has been in an Android device for almost a year now, in some cases longer.

I'm assuming they expected us to be "WOWed" by the 4 inch screen. Sadly we've all seen it already

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So he fired the entire security department when the iPhone 4 was stolen? He didn't even fire Grey Powell.

 

It is clear the people that say this don't have a clue what they're saying.

 

That was a single case accident. And you remember how huge it was with police and full blown investigation involved.

Now we have piles of leaks for last six months and no one seems to care.

 

So much about "doubling down the security". 

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Originally Posted by jason98 View Post
That was a single case accident.

 

Fine, iPhone 3G leaks, iPhone 3GS leaks, iPhone 4S leaks, iPad leaks, iPad 2 leaks, iPad 3 leaks, PowerMac G4 to G5 specs leaks. THAT one actually told us something definitive about the product. 3rd gen iPod nano, aluminum keyboard… I don't get it. Most of what I've said had more than just two three four five instances of leaking.

 

I'm liking the 'tap to reserve' with restaurants in Siri… 

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Why would it? Not every release is or is meant to be revolutionary over evolutionary.

took them a year to design an identical copy of the 4 and 4s..and they still labeled the "greatest innovation we undertook"..what was the smallest?  

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So the actual camera hardware was only made thinner but hasnt changed from the iphone 4s. it still has the same specs.

Thats the thing I care about the most. a longer screen doesnt do anything for me.

I would think they would have atleast upgraded the camera.
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Shidell, this is the best post ever...
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iPhone 5 has been confirmed.  Tallest Skill, you must apologize to all of us now.  Don't be afraid, just admit you were wrong and mean to those of us who disagreed with you :)

Um he said it about 5 days ago.  He said he was wrong and he had to apologize.  You must not have read the post.


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Definitely not a negative, but no real major surprises at all.

 

mico-SIM? Nano SIM?

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took them a year to design an identical copy of the 4 and 4s..and they still labeled the "greatest innovation we undertook"..what was the smallest?  

 

Exactly!  I'm beyond underwhelmed with this.  (I say that because I love Apple and know they can do so much better.)  This is a huge miss.  Saying they didn't go wider because you should be able to hold the phone is a cop out.  It's not as if people are dropping Androids and Windows phones left and right.  The fact is Apple got lazy.  25 months to stretch a phone????  Sorry, that's lame.  Yes, they'll have huge sales numbers but anyone not already locked into the Apple ecosystem now has a lot more to think about when getting their first smartphone.  If I did not already have so many Apple products I would not buy this.  But since I do...

 

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Shidell, this is the best post ever...

 

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Where's the wow factor?

 

This is pretty tired. Everything Apple's "incorporating" has been in an Android device for almost a year now, in some cases longer.

 

Careful Shidell!  You'll be labeled an Android fanboy!  This is not the place for facts! ;)

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by far the best phone out there in any relevant aspect.. by far. amazing device.

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In one word: deceptive. Waiting for a 13" retina macbook indeed.

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Well the iPhone 5 is a pretty dull affair isn't it....it looks uninspiring, its dull, its boring, its....yes its still ugly.

Oh it can take panorama pictures - is that really something they think is smart enough to proclaim, I've had a free app for two years that does that!

The OS continues to creak on, its so sad that Apple are looking VERY tired. Signed a very sad Apple fanatic since 1991, who is losing faith.
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by far the best phone out there in any relevant aspect.. by far. amazing device.

Objectively, by what? It grew to 4in and added LTE, ok? I'll be preordering, but it's an incremental update that plugs the next 2 biggest complaints. 

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I don't like that through all the nonsensical and incorrect reasons for which people are claiming (pretending, or otherwise) they'll leave Apple, I seem to be the only one to know the valid one and who won't… yet.

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Seriously - where is the Wow factor? What you have to do is stay away from the rumor sites and wait for the reveal.
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Originally Posted by paxman View Post
Seriously - where is the Wow factor? What you have to do is stay away from the rumor sites and wait for the reveal.


What I really want to see is people complaining when the MacBook Pro isn't redesigned next year.

 

"That's it?" they'll scream, "Where's the new case? These ports are the same. Why aren't there more keys on the keyboard?"

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Seriously - where is the Wow factor? What you have to do is stay away from the rumor sites and wait for the reveal.

 

Do you seriously expect Apple to revolutionize the space with *every* release. 

 

The WOW factor is that it's the most unmatched marriage of hardware and software. And the phone's build quality is first-rate. And it runs iOS 6 (you can't seriously call Android an evolved interface), and it's better than the iPhone 4S. 

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Seriously - where is the Wow factor? What you have to do is stay away from the rumor sites and wait for the reveal.

 

Big WOW would be if everything presented was in the un-elongated case.

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I don't like that through all the nonsensical and incorrect reasons for which people are claiming (pretending, or otherwise) they'll leave Apple, I seem to be the only one to know the valid one and who won't… yet.

What is the valid one?? The new connector? That's all I can see people having a legit gripe over, unless that their covers won't fit...

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post #34 of 384
we may have hit the "peak" of the iPhone frenzy. I switched (because ATT was so lousy) to HTC EVO and how have the LTE. I'll never look back ...
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I'm really becoming disillusioned with Apple. I love my iPhone 4S (which I purchased at full price and not on contract) and I love iCloud and I also really like my new MacBook Pro. But is this really the best they can do?

Sure, people will still queue for days to get their hands on this iPhone, but I certainly won't. What they've really announced is an upgraded iPhone 4S with an extra row of icons and a wireless technology that is no where near ready for mass use. I remember the days when Apple set the market, not just followed it. Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave right now.

To be fair, I am looking forward to the availability of iOS 6 and this upgraded iTunes that was mentioned earlier today. Scott Forstall, you have to become CEO as soon as possible and take the company out of the hands of Tim Cook and the Dixons guy. It took more than numbers and spreadsheets to create the brand that is Apple, it took imagination.

Perhaps this is an unfair critique (and I would be happy to be told that it is), or perhaps personal/mobile technology has reached a point where it's future can only be evolutionary and not revolutionary.
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Where's the wow factor?

 

This is pretty tired. Everything Apple's "incorporating" has been in an Android device for almost a year now, in some cases longer.

You are losing sight of the only really important thing:

 

None of those Android phones was an iPhone a year ago.

None of those Android phones is an iPhone today.

None of those Android phones will ever be an iPhone.

 

That's huge.

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Originally Posted by ombra2105 View Post
I'm really becoming disillusioned with Apple. I love my iPhone 4S (which I purchased at full price and not on contract) and I love iCloud and I also really like my new MacBook Pro. But is this really the best they can do?
 
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post
What I really want to see is people complaining when the MacBook Pro isn't redesigned next year.

 

"That's it?" they'll scream, "Where's the new case? These ports are the same. Why aren't there more keys on the keyboard?"

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An underwhelming phone if I've ever seen one. 

 

As has been pointed out, there is nothing in this phone that has not existed in Android for a year at least.

 

OS is still looking the same.  The minor upgrades to Apple's apps duplicate Apps that have been available for years and are mostly free.

 

Slightly longer screen - Meh.

 

LTE, again out for years on Android.

 

Battery Life - lower end of the smartphones.

 

As an Apple user since the 80's I must say I am disappointed. 

 

Yes, I will probably buy this as I've invested so much in the Apple environment, however, I do think the number of new iPhone adopters will plummet.  This phone's hardware is behind most Android phones and unless you're invested in the Apple Apps world, there is little motivation to join it.

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They just stretched the screen adding a bit more vertical space, so now as App developer now I'll have a new resolution to handle. This means an added development/testing cost without a real big advantage in usability (just two more vertical lines of text). They'd better use a bigger screen keeping the same ratio and resolution, but I think they are trapped by their "Retina" marketing bs so I think this was the best compromise they found,  what is lame...

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What I really want to see is people complaining when the MacBook Pro isn't redesigned next year.

 

"That's it?" they'll scream, "Where's the new case? These ports are the same. Why aren't there more keys on the keyboard?"

Another choice stupid comment. Laptops are not changing and evolving at the rate and scale smartphones are.  In the smartphone world tech and devices are growing in leaps and bounds. Apple seems to have left that world and joined the incremental update world. That was fine with the 4S, but now it's the third phone without major changes that lead with new features, and I'm not talking about the design of the exterior. They follow behind Android by a year or more.

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