Touch News Roundup: Special iPhone Extravaganza!


It’s that time again, folks. Apple has dropped its new iPhone on us, and it’s time to pick it new features apart, marvel at its specs, and, of course, immediately begin to question whether the device is “revolutionary” enough. In recognition of today’s huge launch, here’s the best roundup of iPhone news.

New iPhone: Faster, Thinner, Prettier

Early hands-on reviewers are raving about how thin and light the new iPhone feels. The device is longer and houses a 4″ Retina display, so more apps will be fit on the screen. The body itself is made entirely of glass and aluminum, and it looks downright gorgeous. Add a noticeably faster ‘A6′ processor, LTE connection, and hot new iOS to go along with it, and the new iPhone is bringing a lot to the table. (Endgadget, Apple Insider)

Matt Honan Is Already Bored With iPhone 5

Wired’d Matt Honan penned an odd but stirring article after viewing Apple’s newest iPhone. Granted, he still considers it “the greatest phone in the world.” But Honan draws out an idea that is beginning to seem less whiny by the year: He laments that even a triumph of industrial design that is the iPhone 5 is still peanuts when compared to the epic high consumers got when they first felt an iPhone’s touchscreen. The thrill just isn’t there anymore with iOS upgrades and a faster processor. It’s all about our expectations, writes Honan, and “almost nothing to do with Apple.” (Wired)

CNET: Apple’s New Dock Connector, ‘Lighting’, Pretty Lame

Along with the heavy load of upgrades found in the iPhone 5, Apple has also decided to replace the old dock connector with a resized, redesigned version. And CNET’s Molly Wood takes Apple to task for ignoring the existing micro-USB port in favor of a proprietary design that can be sold at premium prices. Bolstering her claims is the fact that Lightning isn’t all that fast; in fact, it has all the capabilities of a regular USB 2.0. (CNET)

Size Matters: Larger Screen Poses Challenge For Developers

The iPhone’s larger screen will force web and app developers fine tune their products to avoid an embarrassing ‘letterbox’ look. The Next Web quotes developer Marco Tabini as saying “The introduction of a new aspect ratio is not quite as simple as Apple pictures it, in my opinion.” The fact that developers don’t have the devices to test their work on isn’t helping either, but their timetable is as short as two weeks to update their products. (TheNextWeb)