Most people expected to see the iPhone 5 interface last year, but Cupertino, of course, had a different plan. Instead, he decided to upgrade the internal hardware of the iPhone 4 and leave the case virtually untouched. Apple received a lot of criticism for the decision, although it didn't dampen sales as the iPhone 4S kept Cook and Company at the top of the proverbial grocery chain for another year.
The sixth generation iPhone has finally landed after months of rumors and speculation, and this time around there are many changes internally and aesthetically. It addresses a number of concerns that critics have raised over the past year, but as with any high profile launch (and Apple products in particular), new complaints have surfaced. We'll explore this and more as we take a closer look at the iPhone 5.
Apple almost completely redesigned the exterior of the iPhone, but it still looks a lot like the iconic handset everyone is familiar with. For the first time in the history of the iPhone, Apple increased the screen size – albeit slightly. The 4-inch display maintains the same PPI density of 326 as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640. Even so, the iPhone 5 has a small display compared to some other devices on the market.
The width of the display remains unchanged in terms of design. Apple wanted users to continue to be able to hold and operate the phone with one hand – an obvious sting on larger phones like the upcoming 5.5-inch Note II. The additional property is instantly found when surfing the Internet, writing an email or using it SMS clearly. Unfortunately, developers have to revise their apps to fully support the new resolution. Currently, there aren't many apps that are 100% compatible with the iPhone 5.
The screen size you want depends largely on users' preferences, but I'm fine with the boost. The idea of having an even bigger screen is appealing, but my small hands and similarly sized pockets appreciate the continued tightness of the iPhone 5.
Despite its enlarged screen size, the iPhone 5 is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the 4S – a not-so-subtle change that becomes immediately apparent when you pick it up. Apple has replaced the full glass back with a combination of glass and aluminum for the rear shell. The band around the circumference of the handset has been darkened (on the black model) and tapered, while the front glass panel is noticeably thinner. There is no plastic on the iPhone 5.
Even when the iPhone 5 is installed in an OtterBox Defender case, it only feels about as heavy as a bare iPhone 4. Without the case, the phone feels unusually light – almost like it's just a fake demo -Unit to which you would be connected is a retail store. It's a notable feat that highlights Apple's engineering efforts.
Apple moved the headphone jack to the bottom of the iPhone in one step, which I originally assumed had something to do with internal hardware placement. It wasn't until I started using the jack that I began to appreciate the move. It's nice when the headphone cord doesn't come out of the top and potentially interfere with your interaction with the device. However, there are some cases where this can be a disadvantage, e.g. For example, if you are sitting on the treadmill and want to hold the phone upright while listening to music. It's probably not a problem most of the time, but it's something to be aware of.
Many people seem bothered by the new Lightning connector, which replaces the 30-pin connector that has been a staple on the iPhone since day one, since old dock accessories only work if you have a $ 29 adapter to buy. I'm probably one of the few to say this, but I really like the new Lightning connector. Not only is it many times smaller than the traditional solution, but it can also be connected regardless of its orientation, making it easier to use in the dark.
Critics argue that this USB 2.0 implementation is slow, and that Apple should have used a more generic micro-USB connector instead – a valid point, although there seems to be something preventing the company from including USB 3.0 or USB 3.0 in future revisions even add Thunderbolt support. The only problem I see is that I can no longer use the same cable to charge my iPad.
The iPhone 4S came with one of the best cameras on a cellphone and just got better. Apple reduced the size of the iSight camera by 25% while speeding it up by 40%. It still shoots at 8 megapixels, but thanks to a new sapphire crystal on the lens and the backlit sensor, the results are said to be better.
The A6 processor also has impressive image processing built into it that reduces noise in low-light environments. Apple also added a panorama feature that lets you capture up to 240 degrees in a single photo – perfect for a beautiful sunset or a massive reunion. All you have to do is rotate the camera on a guided line and the iPhone will do the rest, producing a high quality image that is 8,640 pixels wide. Of course, this is a feature some Android phones shipped with, and it was even possible via third-party apps on previous iPhones, but in my opinion, that doesn't take away too much of the thunder from Apple's native offering.
The front-facing camera has also been updated to 720p resolution to improve video quality over FaceTime – a feature now available over cellular (with a suitable data plan for AT&T, of course).