Today, Apple unveiled their newest phone, the iPhone 5, at their press conference. As usual, Apple claims that this new iPhone is the biggest change since the iPhone lineup was released, but is the iPhone 5 really all that revolutionary? In a nutshell, no. While it did receive a screen, processor, RAM, camera, iOS, Siri, port, camera, casing, and video processor upgrade in addition to a headphone redesign, none of those provide any true advantage over the typical medium-high end Android or Windows smartphone. In reality, Apple’s update this year was simply a necessary upgrade of specifications in order to keep up constantly updated Android smartphones.
For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S3 released a couple months ago, features front and rear cameras of similar if not better capabilities than the iPhone 5. The performance of the processors and RAM of the two smartphones is also relatively similar. The screen of Samsung Galaxy S3 is in some aspects better than that of the iPhone 5, even with the iPhone 5 achieving a marginally higher pixel density. Additionally, Apple’s ear bud to “earpod” redesign was in a way a necessity considering how uncomfortable the stock Apple ear buds were in comparison to those of competing smartphones. Frankly, the screen size upgrade was also designed to match that of competing Android smartphones. Although Apple’s iPhone 5 performs significantly better than any previous iPhone, the changes do not pose any threat to competing smartphones and moreover, for the first time Apple was the one who had to catch up to its competition.
The known specifications of the new iPhone 5 are as follows:
Processor: Apple A6
Rear Facing Camera: 8 megapixel photos and 1080p video recording (at 30 frames per second)
Front Facing Camera: 1.2 megapixel photos and 720p video (at 30 frames per second)
Size: 4.87 inches (height) by 2.31 inches (width) by .30 inches (depth)
Size:123.8 mm (height) by 58.6 mm (width) by 7.6 mm ( depth)
Weight: 3.95 ounces
Screen Size: 4 inches diagonal (10.16 centimeters)
Screen Resolution: 1136 by 640 pixels; 326 ppi (pixels per inch)
Maximum Screen Brightness: 500 cd/m^2
Cellular Network Connectivity: 4G LTE