Apple finally announced the iPhone 5 during their keynote conference on September 12. Apple, in fact, chose to keep the same dimensions for the iPhone 5 with the exception of extending the height of the display a little further. The infamous Retina Display has returned, supporting a maximum resolution of 1136 x 640 at 326 PPI.
In addition to the fact that the iPhone 5 will not actually be using a full HD resolution, the new screen resolution and sizes will cause fragmentation in the iOS market. The fragmentation will happen because previous iPhone models use a different resolution entirely, which means developers will have to implement the new resolution within iOS apps from now.
Apple has made it known, apps that do not take advantage of the new resolution will include black borders and will be centered on the screen. When you consider how many apps may not be compatible with the new resolution, it seems like more of a nuisance to have a larger screen in the new model.
Regardless, we now know that that Blackberry 10 screen resolution is higher than the iPhone 5.
Blackberry 10 Has a Higher Resolution
A lot of folks out there may snicker and say, “who cares that the Blackberry 10 devices will have a higher resolution.” We believe that you should care.
You should care because the Blackberry 10 L-Series will display at a screen resolution of 1280 x 768 at 356PPI, and that’s true HD! RIM also has plans to release future Blackberry 10 devices with a 1280 x 720 resolution. Keeping all BB 10 devices at relatively the same resolution will reduce fragmentation within the Blackberry App marketplace.
Developers won’t have to worry about creating different app versions for different resolutions and screen sizes. Both the Android market, and the iPhone market now have these problems.
On top of having a similar screen resolution for all BB 10 devices, they will also feature rich HD displays. This is something the iPhone cannot claim, seeing as the supported resolution falls just short of actual HD.
The iPhone 5 Has No NFC Support
The iPhone 5 will have no NFC features integrated into the device. Most, if not all, Blackberry 10 devices, will include NFC support for use with NFC enabled devices.
We truly stand by RIM when they say “NFC is the future.”
NFC technology simply allows you to tap your phone against another device to pair up and synchronize activities without any tedious setup required.
For example, with BB 10 devices you could pay at your local coffee shop by just tapping your phone against an NFC enabled register. Your payment information is securely stored via your mobile device and when you tap the phone to register, it activates the appropriate app and pays for your latte instantaneously.
Wal-Mart has actually begun testing an NFC enabled checkout process, which means that it won’t be long before a lot of retail stores embrace this revolutionary technology.
If you own an iPhone 5 though, you won’t be able to participate because there is no NFC support in Apple’s current device lineup.
Could RIM Still Have an Impact in The Mobile Market?
Despite an endless stream of rumors about RIM’s demise, it looks more and more each day as if they will surely stay afloat in the mobile market. The future of RIM has yet to be decided.
With the recent announcement of the iPhone 5, the new features don’t make it look like such a market killer, after all. RIM still has a reasonable opportunity to make a comeback, because the evidence is now clear that BB 10 phones can contribute something that competing devices can’t. Of course, there are a lot more features than what we’ve mentioned that differentiate BB 10 devices from the iPhone 5, and there will only be more news to come in the future.
We’re excited to see what RIM has up their sleeves, and we can’t wait for 2013 to get here!