iPhone 5 support on the way


I finally got my new iPhone 5 this week so that I could start testing Lottery Post on the larger screen.  It became immediately clear that people who pin the site to their start screen (to see the "web app" view of the site) don't see the site filling the whole screen.

(People who simply view Lottery Post in their iPhone 5 web browser rather than pinning the site to the start screen will see it fill the whole screen just fine.)

So I have made some updates to support the iPhone 5's bigger screen, and I'm going through testing this week.  It looks pretty good, and if everything continues going well it should be released perhaps by this weekend.

Apart for the web site, just evaluating the iPhone 5 itself, I must say it is an engineering marvel.  After carrying around an iPhone 4 for two years, the new iPhone 5 feels light as a feather and incredibly thin.  Almost impossibly thin and light.

Despite the fact that the new iPhone is taller than the old one and the same exact width, it somehow feels smaller because of it is so light and thin.  It's hard to describe.

As with all Apple mobile device upgrades, it was simple but just a bit time-consuming to go through the process of changing phones.  It would be nice if Apple had switched to a USB 3 connection, instead of the slower USB 2, which would have made loading up the new phone much quicker.

Speaking of connections, many are aware that Apple is changing over to a new type of connector called the "lightning" connector, instead of using the wide 30-pin connector that they've been using for so long.  The new connector is fantastic, but is also probably the biggest pain in the neck about the new phone right now.

The worst thing about the new connector is just that there are almost no accessories available for it right now.  You can buy two different type of adapters to connect the phone to old accessories, but everyone hates using adapters because they really don't solve the problem.  For example, I always keep my phone in a dock, but now I can't because strangely, Apple has not created a dock for the new iPhone yet.  And because the lightning connector is a proprietary Apple invention that will require other companies to license the technology from Apple, nobody else has produced a dock yet either.

It's a problem that will be solved over time, but for people who own an iPhone 5 right now, it's a source of frustration.

However, even with the lightning connection frustrations, the new iPhone is well worth upgrading to if your cell phone plan is ready to upgrade.  It remains the best phone on the market for someone who wants high-end technology without having to tinker with the phone.

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