The moment is there! The new iPhone 5 has officially been presented. Apple fans have been waiting for this moment ever since the minor disappointment of the iPhone 4s. The iPhone 5 promises to be a great smartphone and will probably sell amazing like any other iPhone, but what is new?
The new iPhone 5
Let’s take a look at the phone itself. It has become slightly bigger, but also less thick. The screen has become somewhat longer, resulting in a resolution of 1136×640 where older models like the iPhone 4 and 4s had a resolution of 960×640. This makes that the dots per inch stay the same, which compared with the newer Android phones is on the lower side.
The screen also features ‘integrated touch’, which means the touch layer is integrated into the LCD itself, making the screen less reflective and able to show better color.
The phone features a new connector which is usable however you plug it into your iPhone 5, up or down. This is a great feature and surely will remove a lot of hassle, but it also renders all previous gadgets, chargers and cables useless.
Can iPhone 5 keep up?
The processor has had a big boost and is claimed to be twice as fast as the one from the iPhone 4s. This is because of the two Cortex A15-cores. The GPU is also claimed to be twice as fast.
The phone has become almost 2mm thinner as its predecessor. Where the iPhone 4s was 9.3mm thick, the new iPhone 5 is only 7.6mm. Another welcome feature is the support of Lte, or the new version of wireless internet aka 4g.
The new iPhone 5 will run on iOS 6. The YouTube app is removed, Turn-by-Turn navigation is included and an upgraded version of Siri will be pre-installed. To support Siri three microphones have been installed on the iPhone 5. The microphones will also enable HD Voice, a feature which increases the audio quality of regular calls through the use of more bandwidth.
The iPhone 5 does not feature NFC support nor does it feature Bluetooth 4.0, which is a shame. The iPhone 5 will be available for the same price as the iPhone 4s when it was released.
It sure is an improvement from the iPhone 4s, but in my opinion it is on the minimal side of things. I was hoping to see more raw power from both the CPU and GPU, a screen with a higher resolution and more adoption of newer technologies like NFC. It is of course a decent phone, but for the final results we will have to wait a little longer. The 21st to be exact, since this is the date that the new iPhone 5 will be launched.