The iPhone 5 was finally brought into the public eye by Apple on September 12th during their San Francisco media event and it’s just as impressive as everyone was expecting.
Unfortunately we already knew most of what was due to come in the iPhone 5 thanks to the vast number of leaked images, information and specifications from various factories and manufacturers for iPhone 5 parts. That was a little disappointing because I was hoping that Apple would have at least one or two big iPhone 5 features that they managed to keep quiet so that we could have at least a couple of surprises on the launch day. But, they didn’t, and everything ‘new’ to the iPhone 5, we already knew it was coming. So let’s take a look and remind ourselves at just what the iPhone 5 has brought us and how it compares to its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.
iPhone 5’s New Design
The iPhone is the first iPhone in years to come with an ‘all-new’ design. It still looks very similar to the iPhone 4S, maintaining the same shape and a lot of the same style, but the size is slightly different. The iPhone 5 is 18% slimmer than the iPhone 4S, and it’s a little bit taller too (making the screen taller as well). The iPhone 5 remains the same width as the iPhone 4S though, it’s just height and thickness which have changed.
The new screen on the iPhone 5 is not just a bit taller, but it’s better quality than the screen from the iPhone 4S too. Giving 44% more colour saturation, and better build quality. It’s set to be an impressive upgrade on the 4S screen.
iPhone 5’s New Specifications
As well as some design changes, the iPhone also brings updated specifications. In particular the A6 processor – it’s two times as powerful as the A5 processor was, both in terms of graphics power and processing power, so it should make a noticeable difference compared to using the iPhone 4S.
The battery has also been upgraded for the iPhone 5, it’s more powerful and able to keep your iPhone 5 powered up for longer than the 4S. The iPhone 5 has around 8 hours talk-time over 3G and up to 225 hours standby time.
Updated iSight Camera
The camera on the iPhone has been updated somewhat too. The specification is still the same, the same MegaPixels as the 4S camera, the difference is that the camera lens cover has been changed from glass to sapphire crystal.
The facetime camera on the iPhone 5 has been updated from VGA quality to be able to record 720p video, which is a really great improvement, I thought the facetime camera sucked on the iPhone 4S and never used it. At least with 720p the pictures will be half decent quality.
4G LTE Networking
You already know what 4G is, it’s the all new super-fast mobile broadband, and it’s on the iPhone 5! Not all network service providers can offer 4G speeds yet through their network, but Apple are working hard and fast with many global network service providers to ensure as many networks as possible are capable of delivering 4G speeds, so it shouldn’t be long until everyone has access to 4G.
New Dock Connector
You probably noticed this from the pictures, but the dock connector has also changed. We now have a lightning dock connector, it’s all digital, it can be inserted either way up and it’s much, much quicker than the old-school dock connector.
With the dock connector being that much smaller, there is now space to fit the headphone jack on the bottom of the device instead of the top, so that’s what they have done with the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 is a spectacular device filled with new features and a stunning new design, personally I think it’s the best iPhone yet and I think Apple have done a very good job at updating the device. I can’t wait to get my hands on one – as it’s going to be available to buy in stores tomorrow, hopefully there wont be long to go!
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