iPhone 5 – What Makes It Different

Steve McBrian 05/26/2013 0
iPhone 5 – What Makes It Different

Pictures were circulating all over the net before the iPhone 5 was released. From afar, the 4s and the iPhone 5 look the same but that’s basically it.


Apple has moved from its usual 3.5-inch display to a 4-inch (1136 x 640 resolution) on the iPhone 5. The phone is slightly longer by half an inch and remains among best smart phone screens on the market.

Touchscreen Keyboard

A longer screen means more room to type in landscape mode.

Other Buttons and Ports

Apple introduced the lightning connector port replacing the 30-pin dock connector.

The bad news is that this means you have to buy new 30 pin-connecting devices.


We expect faster performance with every new iPhone and Apple delivers every time. Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is twice the speed of the 4S, including graphics performance while still having better battery life.

Apps do load faster but the best way to test this is by using maps in 3D or playing games that are graphic intensive. There won’t be any lag.


The operating system is the iOS 6. It is a small leap from the iOS 5. This doesn’t mean it’s bad in any way. It’s simple, smooth, dependable, stable and intuitive.

It needs a lot of tweaking to match the Android but is still a great mobile operating system offering the largest selection of apps and third-party support.


Siri has been upgraded this year; this voice-recognition system with spoken responses can now get sports statistics and let you know when the next time the Lakers are playing. Practical uses include the ability to post on Facebook.

Siri also responds faster with more accuracy in speech recognition and data searching.

Communications and 4G LTE

There is a broad spectrum of networks going from GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA, DC-HSDPA that are supported on the GSM version.

CDMA also has the above capabilities and more plus the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth A2DP capability as well. LTE has been around for over a year on Android phones but the iPhone 4S didn’t support it.


There are over 725,000 apps in the app store to keep you amused for a lifetime.


This is the best iPhone Apple has released. Some argue that it isn’t as innovative as it should be considering the leaps and bounds that Google has made with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The simple answer is the iPhone sets the bar for the competition.

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