Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The New iPhone 5: Why iOS 6 Ruins it

Today is the day apple fans have been waiting for. The new iPhone 5 is going to be released to the public today. So what's new?

Well, for one the phone is thinner, lighter, and has a bigger screen. The specs for the iPhone 4s were:
  • Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams) 
The iPhone 5 will be 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and have a bigger screen.

Speed wise the iPhone 5 will also feature a 'zippy A6 chip,' hopefully making app switching and running angry birds even faster. There will also be a new 'iSight' camera that will capture pictures 40% faster. 4G-LTE has been added, catching up to faster network times for other phones.

Apple has also added additional microphones, for a total of 3, that will improve facetime, along with an improved face facing camera. Speakers have been updated, to add "wideband audio" to give a fuller sound.

All of these hardware updates are great, but what new things will the phone be able to do? Along with the hardware improvements the new iPhone will be running iOS 6. This ios update should add some new mapping features, (turn by turn directions and prettier images) an additional row of icons, and more social network integration.

You heard right. Not the UI improvements we've all been begging for. Not widgets, or customization, or a more open file system. More facebook, twitter, and square icons. Nothing worth mentioning to get iOS up to date with Android. This is fine for the average business man (in fact for some it could be a plus) and Apple fanboy, but for people who want to get the most out of their smartphone, enough is enough. If all you can do with your phone is play angry birds, the screen size and A6 processor become fairly irrelevant.  Although the literal phone may be getting faster, slimmer, and lighter, this is one update worth skipping out on. I don't care how fast or how well your iPhone can run iOS 6, in the end its still running iOS 6.


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