The iPhone 5 was announced a couple of days ago by Apple. And Apple has sold out their pre-order quota of iPhones within an hour of it going live on their online stores around the world with delivery times 2-3 weeks later. If you want one when it officially becomes available next Friday (21 September), you will need to either queue at an Apple Store near you or get it from your mobile carrier.
Will I be getting one?
Well, the great thing about it coming out now is that the 2 year contract with my mobile carrier has just finished. Thus, I can get the iPhone 5 pretty much free by signing on with the mobile carrier for another 2 years.
Secondly, and more importantly, I’m currently using an iPhone 4. Thus, am looking forward to the better camera, faster processor, ultrafast wireless and bigger 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5.
However, not looking forward to the new Maps as part of iOS 6, which will be available on Wednesday, 19 September. The new Maps app on iOS 6 doesn’t have all the great features of Google Maps such as transit information plus turn-by-turn navigation is not yet available in Australia (although Scott Forstall did reply to an email sent by someone on Whirlpool saying that it will be coming in due course). UPDATE on 17 Sep 2012: Just read on the Apple website that turn-by-turn navigation will be coming to Australian shores sometime in October.
Am also looking forward to updates from the developers of some of favourite iOS apps to maximise the use of the bigger screen and faster processor. As an avid iPhoneographer, I will also be looking forward to the better camera working with the existing camera apps I have as well as any future ones.
So, will you be getting an iPhone 5 when it becomes available?