The iPhone 5 is here!

To preface, I still have my iPhone 3GS from its release day in June 2009; it’s a rather solid phone. I purchased the 32gb model so I would have everything I need on one phone. Sure, the battery needs to be charged twice a day, the camera has no flash or front-facing camera, a crazy HD screen, or antenna problems when I hold it in my hand. I’ve written a few articles about how fun the iPhone 4 was, but those days are over.

The new iPhone 5 goes on sale September 21st, this coming Friday. The screen is larger for the first time in its history (4 inches as opposed to 3.5 inches, diagonally). It apparently connects to LTE networks, but we’ll see; Apple is a couple of years behind the times. Also, I don’t believe it has NFC (Near Field Communication) ability. It’s also still the most expensive cell phone out there:

16 gigabytes of storage, $199; 32 GB, $299; 64 GB, $399. All require a two-year service agreement.

Do I want a new phone? Yes. But, I can wait. The Samsung Galaxy S III is pretty hot, but I like my $60/month family plan with unlimited data and unlimited texting. In the world of smart phones, my iPhone being over 2 years old is a dinosaur. But, I can still wait.

iPhonebook? iFacePhone? Facebook integrates with iPhone iOS

How many of you still use an iPhone like it’s the greatest product ever invented? I’m liking the new Galaxy phones as well as Windows phone with the neat stuff coming out. However if I stay with the Apple brand and grab an iPhone 5, maybe I can look forward to this?

After Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped a major, yet subtle hint last week, it seems Facebook integration is indeed coming to the iPhone, according to the latest Web reports. Facebook will become fully immersed within iOS as soon as its next update, which could and in all likeliness will be revealed next week at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

The integration will be similar to that of Twitter’s, which came last year with iOS 5, and will allow users to post articles on the Web to Facebook the same way they can tweet them now. But along with that sort of integration, Facebook’s addition to the iPhone and iPad ecosystem will be beneficial for apps that use Facebook’s connect button to allow users to sign in.  Continue reading “iPhonebook? iFacePhone? Facebook integrates with iPhone iOS” iPhonebook? iFacePhone? F…

Two and a half year iPhone 3GS still being produced?

And better yet, it’s on sale! Again!

Apple’s manufacturing partners are expected to build 2 million iPhone 3GS handsets in the fourth quarter this year. Last week marked exactly two and a half years since Apple unveiled the iPhone 3GS during its Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2009. Citing industry sources within Apple’s supply chain, DigiTimes on Friday reported that production of Apple’s iPhone 3GS has continued at high volumes that should hit 2 million units in the December quarter. In the first quarter of 2012, production of the iPhone 3GS will reportedly slow to between 1.4 million and 1.6 million units. The same report also suggests that production of Apple’s CDMA iPhone 4 could top 1 million units in the fourth quarter this year, slowing to between 500,000 and 600,000 units in the first quarter next year. In the United States, Apple’s iPhone 3GS is available for free on contract from AT&T while the CDMA iPhone 4 is sold by both Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

I still have my iPhone 3GS, and upgrading to a new phone leaves me with the feeling of “Oh look, I no longer have the latest and greatest” 3-6 months after doing so.  At least when i purchased this iPhone, that feeling stayed for over a year.  Continue reading “Two and a half year iPhone 3GS still being produced?” Two and a half year iPhon…