- iOS 6
- 4-inch retina 1136×640 pixels (that’s 326ppi) display
- 8 megapixel iSight camera
- LTE connectivity
- Dual-band 802.11n
- Apple A6 processor
- nano-SIM card support only
- 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
- 112 g
The iPhone 5 looks much like the version 4s, only bigger. As it stands, the iPhone 5 is a good smartphone, but it is less compelling than several flagships on Android and Windows Phone 8. With this launch, Apple has consolidated its new position in the game of playing catch-up. There is nothing that sets the iPhone 5 ahead of the pack. As a matter of fact, in addition to iOS lacking significant features that other smartphones take for granted, that 4-inch display, while brilliant, is dated 2010.
4-inch displays are what Sony, for example, are beginning to push in their entry-level Android smartphones. Many mid-end and flagship smartphones spot 4.3-inch, 4.5-inch, 4.7-inch and 4.8-inch displays.
Then there is no NFC chip in the iPhone 5. What? To be honest, I find the iPhone 5 boring. It is just another smartphone. Nothing compelling. Still, it is an iPhone. It is likely to sell well. Apple could have put a 2.8-inch monochrome display on this thing, and it would still sell anyway. It is called iWitchcraft.
But Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is faster. That is something. It is thinner. That is something. Apple also claims superb battery performance. If that pans out, that is something. I’m a sucker for great battery life anyday. The iPhone 5 is a good smartphone, and should sell, though its days of outselling Android have long since been over. The iPhone no longer leads the smartphone pack.