iPhone 5: Small Changes Keep Apple A Step Ahead Of The Competition

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the iPhone 5 yesterday, presenting a major step forward in Apple’s smartphone design, both inside and out. We’ve all heard about how great the device’s specifications are from accessory developers and business analysts – but what does it mean for consumers, and the many iPhone competitors?

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There were a number of big change to the iPhone’s design and internal technology, the most obvious being the new 4-inch Retina screen. This is where Apple was smartest, recognizing that the 3.5 inch screen wasn’t enough in 2012, where advanced apps and games demand more space for complex actions. Apple, in a art design choice, decided to make the iPhone 5 display longer, increasing its screen size over 40% without adding width forcing a boxy, awkward device doesn’t fit comfortably.

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The new iPhone is powered by the new A6 chip, which doubles the graphic power and speed of the A5 found in the iPhone 4S. Apple was a little conservative here, staying with the more reliable power of a dual-core processor, rather than following the trend of the industry towards quad-core processors. It’s a smart move: Apple made its device more powerful, while consuming less energy. It might cause the iPhone 5 to be infinitesimally slower than the top-of-the-line Android devices coming this winter, but the careful attention Apple pays will yield reliable battery life in devices.

I don’t think the iPhone 5 could boast the same battery life if the chip was a less advanced, quad-core chip: the extra juice needed to power the new 4G LTE technology, larger screen, and processor would be too much to handle. In reality, all the new technology already has an effect on the life of the device – despite being smaller, faster, and more efficient, the iPhone 5’s battery life is the same as the iPhone 4S, a clear sign that Apple’s devices are catching up with the technology curve (both are about 200 hours of stand-by time, and 8 hours of 3G talk time, according to Apple’s website). 

 

Other features in the phone received minor, but useful updates: the iSight camera remains 8MP – which isn’t as gaudy sounding as 10 or 12MP, but with Apple’s advanced optical system, the differences in pixels is all but eliminated. But there are some new features, including dynamic lighting and panoramic photos, along with a new 5MP HD front-facing camera for FaceTime calls.

Thankfully, the sixth-generation iPhone returned to a metal-back design, eliminating the shatter-prone glass backs from the iPhone 4 design, and giving the lighter, faster iPhone a sturdier feel. The only other big change with the iPhone 5 is the Lightning dock connector, which is going to give birth to an entire new line of accessories and cords for iPhone users.

This does present a small problem for the many accessories that will no longer work without buying an adapter from Apple. Albeit a small cost, this will be a requirement for most people upgrading to the new device who already have costly accessories – a bit of a frustration for users, but an important move for Apple as they continue to advance their ecosystem. Hand in hand with the new Lightning cords are the brand-new ear buds, representing another two quiet, but important updates Apple made to their popular device line.

All in all, the iPhone 5 didn’t introduce any new Android-killing features, instead focusing on subtle changes to an already-successful formula. With the iPhone 5, Apple clearly focused their attention on the externals of their smartphone, adding just enough technology to keep up with the newer, powerful Android models on the market, but not pass them. It’s not going to turn any Android users in iOS 6 lovers, but the 200+ new features and fresh design of the iPhone 5 will satisfy existing iPhone owners and attract millions of new users.

Popular iOS Games Receive Major Updates

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With the long Labor Day weekend ahead of us, many of the app store’s greatest titles have received major content updates. We’ve collected some of them here, and are giving a few of them away in another one of our great giveaways! Check them out below – and get ready for a lot more zombie, ninja, and pirate-packed action on your iOS device.

Bag It!

Buy Bag It! HD Here

by Hidden Variable Studios

Universal – $.99

For those who haven’t heard of this awesome arcade puzzler yet, Bag It! is a fun and fast-paced game of bagging groceries. Believe us, it’s a lot more exciting than it sounds, and it got even better recently when version 2.3 hit the App Store. The update adds a new mode called Seedy’s Booty, adding a new matching challenge and social integration for high score competitions with Facebook friends. Even more impressive is that the mode is played in 3D, a subtle but noticeable enhancement of the game’s already beautiful graphics.

Brainsss

Buy Brainsss Here

by Lonely Few

Universal – $0.99

The fun thing about Brainsss is how it reverses the typical player role in the zombie universe: in this real-time strategy game, the goal is to control a horde of zombies and infect the local folk. It’s an addicting twist on the genre, and the game’s 1.5 update that hit the App Store yesterday was a fantastic addition to the game. The biggest parts of the updates make the game more accessible: extensive new tutorials, a Casual mode, and variable game speeds have all been added to the package. There’s also iCloud support, and optimized levels and controls on the technical side. Finally, a massive content update finishes off the package, adding 19 new heroes, 11 new locations, and 15 new levels to bring the game’s total to 72. 

Doodle Jump

Buy Doodle Jump Here (HD iPad version here)

by Lima Sky

iPhone – $.99, iPad – $2.99

Just when everyone thought Doodle Jump was finished, Lima Sky’s returned with a 3.0 update to the iPhone version of the game. This time around, there’s a brand-new ninja theme, with all new power ups, obstacles, coins to collect, and enemies to fight throughout. There’s also a store with things like costumes to purchase, each with their own special ability. If you missed out on Doodle Jump when it took the App Store by storm by back in the day, the newest edition of the game is a fantastic, content-packed game not to be missed. 

Fieldrunners 2

Buy Fieldrunners 2 Here

by Subatomic Studios

iPhone/iPod touch – $2.99

We thought Fieldrunners 2 was the best tower defense game ever to hit iOS in our review a couple months back, so we were pretty excited for the first content update to arrive. It did this week, and it didn’t disappoint: along with adding new maps, Game Center leaderboards, and an endless mode, Subatomic Studios took the time to address some of the smaller issues in the game. First of all, they’ve added a casual mode for players to hone their tower-building skills, and made levels faster for better play on the go – along with the ability to save in-game progress before exiting, a great addition for some of the lengthier levels. This is one of the great games of 2012, so don’t miss out on this genre-defining title.

Plague, Inc.

Buy Plague, Inc. Here

by Ndemic Creations

Universal – $.99

Plague Inc. turned out to be one of the indie breakouts of early 2012 and we loved it. The first big content update has made its way to the App Store, and it adds an entire new plague type for players to build and infect the world with. Part of the game’s beauty is the ability to strategize the viral destruction of the world with cold, calculated moves, and the new plague type only adds more addicting hours of gameplay to its already deep package. New graphics, music, gameplay, and events await inPlague Inc.’s first expansion, a game that’s surely to be on a lot of people’s Top 10 lists at the end of the year.

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Weekly Podcast Episode 17: Voting For The Latest iOS News Apps, And Games

Welcome to Episode 17 of the Apple’N” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”Apps and AppTudes weekly podcast. In this episode we talk about two potential Apple events, Facebook 5.0, Vote, Mikey Shorts, and many more interesting iOS topics.

As always, the podcast is co-hosted by our Managing Editor here at AppTudes, Randy Dankievitch, and Trevor Sheridan, the Editor-in-Chief of AppleNApps.com. Every week, we’ll be talking about the news, apps, games, and trending topics of the week. You can listen to the podcast right here, download/subscribe in iTunes, add the feed in your favorite podcast app, or search AppleNApps in Apple’s new podcast app. 

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Apps we talk about this week: Ecoute, Droplist, Vote, Mikey Shorts, One Epic Knight, Toybox, Draw Breaker, Bad Hotel, Angry Birds Space, Cut The Rope, Doodle Jump

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Weekly Podcast Episode 16 – Around The Horn With The Latest iOS News Apps, And Games

It’s podcast time again as we go over everything in the week that was of Apple and apps. It’s Episode 16 of the Apple’N’Apps and AppTudes weekly podcast, and we talk about the weekly Apple briefing, Horn, Cartoon Network 2.0, Pinterest for iPad, Appzila 3, Jack Lumber, and more.

As always, the podcast is co-hosted by our Managing Editor here at AppTudes, Randy Dankievitch, and Trevor Sheridan, the Editor-in-Chief of AppleNApps.com. Every week, we’ll be talking about the news, apps, games, and trending topics of the week. You can listen to the podcast right here, download/subscribe in iTunes, add the feed in your favorite podcast app, or search AppleNApps in Apple’s new podcast app. 

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Apps we talked about this week: Cartoon Network, Pintrest, Discovery Channel HD, Appzilla 3, Layover, Horn, Jack Lumber, Random Heroes, Slydris, Angry Birds Seasons, Instagram, Mega Run

We hope you enjoy the Apple’N” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”Apps & Apptudes Weekly podcast. If you enjoy the podcast, leave a review in iTunes, and follow us on Twitter & Facebook. Also, our intro song was created with GarageBand for iPad.

If you have any suggestions for the podcast, please feel free to email us!

Weekly Podcast Episode 15 – Stocking Up On The Latest iOS News, Games & Apps

It’s Episode 15 of the Apple’N’Apps and Apptudes weekly podcast, and this week, we’re talkign about everything from the removal of the YouTube app in iOS 6, Apple v Samsung, IntoNow, Pitfall, Organ Trail, and more.

The hosts, as always, are our Managing Editor here at AppTudes, Randy Dankievitch, and Trevor Sheridan,  the Editor-in-Chief of AppleNApps.com. Every week, we’ll be talking about the news, apps, games, and trending topics of the week. You can listen to the podcast right here, download/subscribe in iTunes, add the feed in your favorite podcast app, or search AppleNApps in Apple’s new podcast app.

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Apps we talked about this week: IntoNow, Bank of America, Pitfall, Organ Trail, Super Mole Escape

We hope you enjoy the Apple’N’Apps & Apptudes Weekly podcast. If you enjoy the podcast, leave a review in iTunes, and follow us on Twitter & Facebook. Also, our intro song was created with GarageBand for iPad.

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Weekly Podcast Episode 14: Marking Our Calendars With The Latest iOS News, Apps & Games

Welcome to episode 14 of the Apple’N’Apps and Apptudes weekly podcast! On this week’s show, Randy and Trevor talk about the September 12th Apple event rumors, apps like Weather HD 2, and review new games including Agent Dash, Happy Street, and a bunch of others in a busy week for App Store releases.

As always, the hosts are our Managing Editor Randy Dankievitch, and Trevor Sheridan, Editor-in-Chief of AppleNApps.com. Every week, they sit down to talk about the news, apps, games, and trending topics of the week. You can listen to the podcast right here, download/subscribe in iTunes, add the feed in your favorite podcast app, or search AppleNApps in Apple’s new podcast app. New episodes are available every Friday afternoon, with bonus developer interview episodes releasing on most Tuesdays.

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Apps talked about: Weather HD2, Amazon Instant Video, Agent Dash, Justice League, Happy Street, Shellrazer, 10000000, Mr. Dreamer, Angry Birds

We hope you enjoy the Apple’N’Apps & Apptudes Weekly podcast. If you have any suggestions, comments, or have a questions you’d like us to answer, feel free to drop us an email.

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EA Debuts Real Racing 3 Trailer At Summer Showcase

During yesterday’s EA Summer Showcase press conference, all of the newest games from the company were on display, including Mass Effect 3 on the Wii U and FIFA 13 on the iPad. But the unexpected highlight of the afternoon was the release of the Real Racing 3 trailer, and along with it, a few announcements on what will be in the new game.

So what should people expect when it hits iOS later this year? The trailer doesn’t give away a whole lot of information, but former Firemint CEO Rob Murray (who is part of the newly-formed Firemonkeys team under EA’s umbrella) was willing to part with a few details for us all to drool over.

First off, Porsche, Audi, and Dodge will have multiple licensed vehicles in the game (no word on if there will be anymore, at this point in time). There’s also going to be real-life tracks like Laguna Seca included, and each race will feature 22 cars, an astonishingly high number (at best, Real Racing 2 could handle 16). It’ll come packed with both online and offline modes, and will hit sometime closer to the holidays, we would assume.

One thing we do know about Racing 3 whenever it releases: it will continue to push the iOS hardware – especially the iPhone 5 and new iPad – and hopefully raise the bar again for the racing genre in the App Store. Keep your eyes peeled: no release date was given, but the game is set to hit the App Store later this year.

Weekly Podcast Episode 13 – On The Prowl With Mountain Lion, And The Latest In iOS

It’s time for Episode 13 of the the Apple’N’Apps & Apptudes Weekly Podcast, and this week, we sit down to talk about Apple’s newest OS, Mountain Lion, and what it means for both Mac OS X & iOS. As always, we also talk about the latest and greatest in apps and games, including Walking Dead: The Game, Solar, Nihilumbra. With August around the corner, we finish with our picks for App of the Month (hint: it was an easy unanimous decision in July).

The hosts of the podcast are Randy Dankievitch, Managing Editor of Apptudes, and Trevor Sheridan, the Editor-in-Chief over at AppleNApps. Every Friday, we sit and talk about the news, apps, games, and trending topics of the week. You can listen to the podcast right here, download/subscribe in iTunes, add the feed in your favorite podcast app, or search AppleNApps in Apple’s new podcast app.

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Apps/Games we talk about this week: Nihilumbra, The Walking Dead: Episode I, Solar, Checkmark, Fieldrunners 2, Daily Weather, Spy vs. Spy, Magic Wingdom Deluxe, Polymer, Osmos, Angry Birds Space

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Developer Interview – Fieldrunners 2 Discussion With Chris Canfield of Subatomic Studios

 onclick=Fieldrunners 2 hit the App Store last Thursday – you can read our review here – and we sat down with Subatomic Studios’ Chris Canfield a week ago to talk about the release of their latest iOS masterpiece. We talk about everything from the company” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”s origins, to the development of Fieldrunners and Fieldrunners 2, and why there was a three-year wait between the two.

iOS developer interviews are a feature we publish on most Tuesdays, in addition to our weekly podcast covering all of the news and new releases of the week. The hosts of the podcast are our Managing Editor Randy Dankievitch, and Trevor Sheridan, the Editor-in-Chief of AppleNApps.

You can listen to the podcast right here, download/subscribe in iTunes, add the feed in your favorite podcast app, or search AppleNApps in Apple’s new podcast app. We hope you enjoy the new Apple’N” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”Apps & Apptudes Weekly podcast, and are excited to see it each and every week. You can find the podcast here on our site, in iTunes, and we’ll keep you updated on Twitter & Facebook.

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Weekly Podcast Episode 12 – Four Cheers For The Latest iOS News, Games, And Apps

It” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”s Episode 12 of the weekly podcast, and this week, we” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”re talking about the App Store” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”s fourth birthday, and the widespread impact its had on Apple, the smartphone industry in general, and redefining the business model of mobile games. It” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”s also been a great week for new games and releases, and we dig into all the new titles and break down what” onclick=”return TrackClick(”,’feed%3A%2F%2Fapplenapps.com%2Ffeed%2Fpodcast’)”s great – or not so great – about all of them.

As always, the podcast is co-hosted by AppTudes Managing Editor Randy Dankievitch, and Trevor Sheridan, Editor-in-Chief of AppleNApps.com. . You can download, subscribe, and listen to the podcast in iTunes, add the RSS feed to your browser or favorite app – or search AppleNApps in Apple’s new Podcast app.

Apps we talk about: Next Issue, Tiny Wings, Tiny Wings HD, MustKnow News, Amazing Alex, Tap Tap Revenge Tour, Knights of the Round Cable, NBC Olympics Live Extra, NBC Olympics App

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