Back in 2007 when Apple first announced the iPhone, they were met with ridicule and skepticism because no one was exactly sure how Apple would make their handsets and how they could even compete with the mobile phone giants. However, what they didn’t know is that Apple was actually the company who was going to pave the way into the direction of the smartphone. The release of the first iPhone has astounded many as it was a mobile phone that was far more advanced than any of its competition. Since then, every iPhone releases have been widely anticipated by the masses and even by the competition because they know that every new iPhone is packed with technological advancements and innovation that no one has ever seen.
Fast-forward today, the iPhone 5, the sixth generation iPhone, is finally here. Looking at the iPhone 5 from afar, you’ll notice that the unit’s overall appearance doesn’t stray off from Apple’s patented minimalist industrial design. Then again, you’ll also notice that the new unit is a wee bit taller than the previous ones. This is because the iPhone 5 now boasts a 16:9 4-inch retina display. Although there is nothing really new about the retina display, the added real-estate in the screen makes the unit more movie-friendly.
Upon immediate inspection of the new unit, it becomes apparent that Apple opted for an aluminum-back design instead of the glossy glass-back design found in the iPhone 4 and 4S. While this step may not please everyone as it certainly loss the luster of the previous units, the new aluminum-back is a welcome one as not only does it make the unit thinner and more comfortable, but also lighter. In addition, the aluminum backing allows the unit to withstand drops better. Design-wise, the iPhone 5 is as classy as ever.
The iPhone 5 is equipped with an A6 chip dual-core Cortex-A15, which, according to Apple, provides twice the CPU performance and twice the graphics performance of the A5x chip featured in the iPhone 4S. This means that if you’re used to the lagginess of the previous iPhone, you’ll certainly find how snappy the new unit is. Although such speed is not surprising due to technological advancements, what is surprising however is that despite the significant increase in speed and processing power, the A6 chip consumes less power.
The new iOS6 found in the new iPhone offers a wealth of features. Siri was further updated and the new Apple-designed ‘Maps’ is a sight to behold. The Flyover feature of Maps shows you a stunning interactive 3D view, along with turn-by-turn spoken directions and navigation, making it the most beautiful and powerful mapping service ever. In addition, the App gives you real-time traffic information to calculate your ETA and provide you with alternative routes to save you time.
The camera on the iPhone 5 still has the same 8-megapixel f/2.4 aperture camera. The only difference this time is that instead of using a glass cover, a sapphire lens cover is used, which is not only thinner than the previous glass cover, but it is also more durable. This is because sapphire is second only to diamond in terms of hardness when it comes to transparent materials – which is good news as the lens is now far less likely to scratch.
The new iPhone 5 is certainly an eye candy as Apple’s simplistic approach to almost everything is bar none. While the new unit is certainly not as technically innovative as expected – enough to make their competition go back to their drawing boards – it is still a unit that will appeal to the many. The only drawback to the unit it seems is the absence of an NFC.
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