New iPhone 5: overview and 4G details
Those of us who follow Apple product launches are now used to seeing upgrades rather than big fanfares. The iPhone 5 is no exception. While there were no big surprises in yesterday’s keynote speech, there are enough upgrades and revisions to make the new smartphone seem like a worthy successor to the iPhone 4S.
In terms of looks, the new iPhone 5 is taller and slimmer than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, measuring just 7.6mm in width. The phone has also been redesigned with an aluminium case, doing away with the outer glass surface and bringing down the weight of the device considerably. This has given Apple enough leeway to make the phone taller, adding enough height for another row of app icons.
Internally, the phone has been bumped up too: there’s a new A6 processor to make apps snappier, and the cameras have been upgraded; the camera on the back is now 1080p, a welcome upgrade, and the new iPhone 5 is quicker to take pictures. Three microphones should also help with speakerphone calls and noise cancellation. There’s no NFC chip, which is a bit of a shame, and the rumoured haptic feedback still isn’t included. Again, Apple seem to be building on previous features rather than adding anything really new.
In terms of software, the iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6 and a revised version of Siri. Google maps will disappear, to be replaced by Apple maps – a joint venture with sat nav company Tom Tom.
If you’re ready to pre-order your new iPhone 5, bear in mind the new 4G connectivity that EE are offering. EE is short for Everything Everywhere, the company that owns T-Mobile and Orange, but their new third network is unique in that it will offer 4G connectivity on the iPhone 5. No other networks will be able to offer this.
If you want an upgrade on Orange or T-Mobile, you’ll have to stick with 3G. If you want 4G, you’ll have to contact EE and ask to be moved to their new 4G network, or take out a new contract.
Remember: only 16 British cities will have 4G coverage for the iPhone 5, and some won’t get it until December anyway. Until EE reveal their prices, you might wish to hold back on that pre-order and wait until more details are announced.
Let us know what you think of the new variation of the iPhone and don’t forget to pre-order your cases so your Snugg ready!