The iPhone 5 then - what's THAT all about?
So, the dust has settled after last night’s launch of the iPhone 5 and the question is this – are we overwhelmed or underwhelmed by it? The truth is somewhere in between – we’re actually just whelmed by it. Yes, whelmed.
The new version of the classic smartphone has got a bigger screen (to the tune of half an inch) and is slimmer and lighter than before, weighing 112g compared to the 140g of the 4S. With a depth of just 0.3 inches (7.6mm), it’s closer to a credit card than the orginal iPhone that spawned it.
There’s a new processor to, which will make it run faster, although crucial stuff like battery life doesn’t seem to have been enhanced at all and you’ll still need to charge the thing up pretty much every day.
The 8MP camera has better low light performance and 40% faster photo capture, with the ability to take panoramic pics. The phone’s second front camera is now HD-quality.
4G is going to be available, but you’ll need to be an EE customer for that and to live in one of the 16 cities where you’ll actually be able to get the new super-speedy mobile broadband.
Perhaps most controversially, the iPhone 5 will come equipped with a new-size ‘charging hole’ (yes, that IS the correct term for it) – you’ll still be able to use accessories that the iPhone needs to be plugged into, but you’ll need an adaptor that will cost you £25.
A new iOS 6 operating system is coming too, with new Apple maps incorporating 3D mode and ‘flyover’ view – all of this replacing Google Maps, which has been kicked to the kerb as Apple detach themselves from their main mobile OS rival.
Additionally, Facebook is to be incorporated into the software, in the same way that Twitter was last time around, so now it’ll be easier to spread lies and misinformation to your closest friends.
Talking helper Siri has been improved too – it’s now working in conjunction with Yelp and you’ll be able to ask it to find your nearest abbatoir or backstreet dentist with little or no difficulty.
The iPhone 5 will be available from 21st September – tariffs will be announced imminently from all the usual suspects.