Originally Posted by hjb
Sorry, I like iPhone 4s better designwise. iPhone 5 does not have protective edges covering front glass, when would Apple learn?
I would guess the metal bevel bezel is probably better than the plastic one in this respect. The plastic edging was a bit soft, I don't think it did much.
Originally Posted by KiltedGreen
"Look at iPhone 5 and you can’t help but notice the exquisite chamfer surrounding the display," - well, notice it for a few seconds at least before you wrap it in a leather pouch or a rubber bumper case or similar so that the beauty that you can no longer appreciate is well protected.
Ah well ...
That's the shame of it. I've broken the glass on various iPhones three times over the years, once with a drop onto wood, so I'm just not going to go without a case. The device design and manufacturing sure looks nice, but the chassis design probably won't be much of a factor for me.
Originally Posted by NormM
From http://www.apple.com/iphone/design/"Although the surface of the iSight camera is as clear as glass, it’s not made of glass. It’s actually sapphire crystal, whose hardness is second only to diamond on the scale of transparent materials. That means the surface of the lens is far less likely to scratch."
Huh. The scratchy problem with iPhone 4 camera cover glass was because the cover glass protruted out the back face a bit. Inset a bit and it probably would have been fine, making sapphire not as necessary, though still pretty nice.
Originally Posted by Blane Jackson
One interesting item the most tech news (except Cringely.com) missed regarding the new iPhone 5 is the nature of the new Lightning cable/connector. It's not USB and may be Thunderbolt. No one is quite sure yet. If it's using the Thunderbolt protocol, it could be possible to attach a full size monitor directly to the iPhone 5.
Why would the USB to Lightning cable have Thunderbolt built into it? That's a waste of a protocol translation. It sounds like jack on the iPhone side can self-reconfigure, so if Apple chooses to offer a Thunderbolt mode, they can, but that seems unlikely given that single chip NAND can only go so fast.
Apple doesn't say anything other than USB right now.
I see an awful lot of people discarding their $299 laptops and consolidating around their beloved iPhone.
All I see is less pressure on the other devices. iPhone is a nice go-anywhere device, but I like to have a larger screen if it's available. And the fact that mobile apps and sites seem to take away one feature I really must have.