2012
09.12

It’s official. The upcoming iPhone 5 will feature LTE support. And not only that, but it will be available for AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint customers. But what about the iPhone 5’s connectivity? As a connected device, does it break the mold, or is it more of an upgrade? And are there functions that could help the iPhone become even more entrenched in the business world?

First, some specs: The iPhone 5 will be 7.6 millimeters thick and 20% lighter than iPhone 4S, Apple says. The new screen is a 4-inch display, and it’s taller, but not wider, making the screen better suited for watching HD video.

Overall, iPhone 5 packs a lot of power. It features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support, plus more battery life than the 4S, a more advanced camera, and better display. With these new features, Apple is saying the iPhone is still the one to beat. However, other smartphone manufacturers have also continued to advance their specs, forcing Apple to constantly improve.

The iPhone 5 seems focused on the consumer market—better display for gaming and looking at videos and photos, better sound quality, and better camera. But the fact is all the things that make the device appeal to consumers are the same things that make it appeal to business users. Professionals want clear communications for conferencing with colleagues across the country, and they want good display resolution so they can see the photo of the new part sent over from the factory. They want an excellent camera to snap photos for the company Website or enewsletter. Beefing up the tools on the iPhone will entice consumers, but I’m betting they will appeal to business users as well.

For instance, iPhone 5 will have new audio features, such as a new “beam-forming, directional microphone system” that Apple says will provide higher quality sound. Background noise is supposed to be limited with new noise-canceling technology. It seems a feature like this would be great for a business user talking in a crowded airport.

One thing the iPhone 5 apparently won’t have is NFC (near-field communication). The technology has been touted as the next big thing in payments, allowing users to show their phone to pay instead of using cash or cards. But iPhone users will have to wait.

Apple has shown it’s committed to making the iPhone work harder, while taking its time embracing new technologies like NFC. iPhone 5 will definitely help people get connected, but it’s not a revolution in connectivity.

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