It’s finally here . . . well, almost. After a long wait and much speculation, Apple has unveiled its new iPhone 5. But you can’t get it quite yet. While Apple initially said that the iPhone 5 would be available on September 21, 2012, huge initial demand has pushed back the estimated date. Preorders sold out in just one hour on Friday. Regardless of how the order is placed (directly online or through a partner), it is likely that the iPhone 5 will not be available until October. Setting this expectation among users can help avoid disappointment.
Now that it’s close and the details have been released, is it worth upgrading to the iPhone 5? Initial assessments by industry insiders are plentiful, and they are quite positive, for the most part. On the plus side, it is very thin, light and has a great 4” Retina screen. It also includes an 8 megapixel camera with panorama, ultrafast Wi-Fi and it supports 4G LTE, the fastest and leading wireless technology. On the down side, it uses the new lightning cable connector, which is not directly compatible with previous Apple products – an adapter is required. It also does not support Flash video, as is true with previous iPhones and iPads.
Making the decision whether to change is a personal one. Users who have a pre-iPhone 4 will most certainly get great benefits. There are also nice improvements over the iPhone 4s, though it’s a closer call. However, if your company is ready to transition to a new plan, it’s a great time to make the change. For example, the potential savings in switching from an old competitor plan to Verizon’s Share Everything plan could pay for the new iPhone 5s and more. It all depends on the individual situation.
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