The most noticeable change from past iterations of the iPhone will be the new handset’s taller design. The phone’s display now measures 4 inches diagonally, half an inch larger than the screen on older models, with a body that’s made of glass and aluminum and thinner than that of the previous iPhone.
Other changes include a new, smaller docking connector for the phone’s charger, support for high-speed 4G mobile data networks, and a new camera capable of shooting 8-megapixel images and high-definition videos.
Apple’s updated iOS operating system will bring new functions to the iPhone, including an app that allows users to store credit card numbers, event tickets and boarding passes on the handset. An update to Apple’s Maps app will offer turn-by-turn navigation capabilities and local business information pulled from social review website Yelp.
Apple said the iPhone 5 will go on sale Friday from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint for $199. The update to iOS can be downloaded Wednesday for most iPhone and iPad devices.
Private company admits to Apple ID breach
A small Florida-based company has taken the blame for a massive leak of Apple device identifiers earlier this month by a hacker group.
Paul DeHart, CEO of mobile app developing company BlueToad, told NBC News last week that the hacker organization known as AntiSec compromised his company’s servers three weeks ago and downloaded more than one million Apple IDs.
“We’re pretty apologetic to the people who relied on us to keep this information secure,” DeHart told NBC.
AntiSec posted the IDs online two weeks ago, claiming that it had breached an FBI laptop to expose what they said was an effort by the agency to track mobile users. The FBI and Apple both refuted the group’s claim.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Mullter said Monday that while BlueToad does have the ability to know a user’s device details, developers are not given access to account information, passwords or credit card numbers “unless a user specifically elects to provide that information to the developer.”
DeHart told NBC that BlueToad would not be contacting users whose IDs had been exposed, instead leaving that to the individual app designers who receive services through his company.
Nielsen: Majority of teens own smartphones
Market research firm Nielsen released data last week showing that more than half of all American teenagers — 58 percent — now own smartphones.
It’s part of a growing trend of Americans upgrading from basic cell phones, which are used primarily for calls and messaging, to smartphones that are capable of accessing apps and information via the Internet.
Some 55 percent of all mobile phone subscribers use smartphones, but users age 13 to 17 account for the fastest adoption of them. Only 36 percent of teens last year were using smartphones, according to Nielsen.
When it comes to the most popular smartphones, Nielsen’s data show handsets powered by the Android operating system to be the most used, followed by Apple’s iPhone and BlackBerry-powered phones.