The all new Apple iPhone 5 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated and long awaited mobile smartphone and no doubt this Apple gadget’s launch has caused the rest of the mobile world announcing their hardware back-to-back to steal a march on this handset. In Apple’s own words, ‘It’s so thin and so light, yet iPhone 5 features a larger display, a faster chip, the latest wireless technology, an 8MP iSight camera, and more.‘.
After all of the rumor, speculation and leaks, when Apple’s sixth iPhone was finally unveiled in San Francisco in Sept. 2012, the first question that was on everyone’s mind was: what has changed in iPhone 5 and how is it different from iPhone 4S? to state it in a single sentence, the iPhone 5 is thinner than the 4S, lighter, and has a longer 16:9 widescreen display and comes with camera improvements, longer screen and more exciting features. The Apple iPhone 5 is the first iPhone with a larger, 4-inch screen. At the same time, it has become thinner, with a more elongated body.
The new iPhone 5 is significantly thinner than the iPhone 4S; where the 4S was covered in a glass front and back and metal sides. This means that it’s more comfortable to hold, and it practically disappears in a pocket. This is only accentuated by its aluminum back: the backs of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are made of glass.
Tthe 5 has been made of aluminum so it should be shatter proof in comparison to its predecessor. Rather than being wider, the new iPhone is longer, allowing for a 4 inch screen. The phone feels more comfortable in the hand due to its beveled edges and is much lighter at 112g. The bigger screen is the first time an Apple iPhone screen has got bigger, even if it is by only half an inch. Although the pixel density is the same as the 4S, the phone is now widescreen so you can watch videos in the correct ratio, with less of the black lines at the top and bottom.
Hardware, Processing Power, RAM (Memory)
The iPhone 5 has a new processor which is twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. The new processor is called the A6 chip and should allow you to load your apps without any stuttering. The A6 chip in the iPhone 5 is a screamer, breaking smartphone benchmark records.
Though the A6 was originally believed to run at 1GHz, there are confirmed reports suggesting that it dynamically clocks itself up to 1.3GHz (it may also underclock too, to save power). Thus on a day to day level, you must notice the difference in speed when exporting, or downloading.
Call quality in iPhone5 is much improved, and thus no more iPhone reception issues that plagued iPhone 4 when it was released. This is helped further due to the three microphones that have now been built into the top, bottom, and back of the iPhone 5.
The new iPhone 5 comes in 3 storage models: 16GB, 32Gb and 64GB. Though the older iPhones originally shipped in different storage models, the cheaper models sold at present are more limited. The $100 iPhone 4S offers 16GB, while the free iPhone 4 gives you 8GB.
The 30 pin connector of the iPhone 4S has now been replaced with the new Lightning port in iPhone5. This is an 8 pin port and much smaller than the previous one. It means that the overall design of the phone is slicker and smaller, but many people aren’t happy about the change because it means all your existing accessories that you have for the iPhone 4S won’t work with this phone such as charging docks. Apple is to release a converter for about $40.
More About iPhone5
The iPhone 5 takes Apple’s handset into true 4G speeds, with LTE (where available). Actual LTE download speeds can range from 8Mbps to upwards of 40Mbps, with low latency to boot. It may be faster than your home broadband connection.
So do you splurge for the latest and greatest, or save a few bucks with Apple’s older budget iPhones? It may be wise to start by playing with the different models in a store. Apple Stores always have working iPhones on display.