Apple announced the next sequel of the iconic iPhone, the iPhone 5, few days back. The new phone is significantly faster, thinner and lighter, and at 4 inches, it has a larger screen over its predecessor. Apple claims that the improvements have been achieved without sacrificing battery life, ergonomics and high-quality construction of the device.
The new iPhone is possibly the best smartphone you can buy in the market right now. I’m not saying in terms of hardware specs because you will find Android phones with better hardware specifications, but that’s not all people are looking for. There is a large group of people who are just looking for a phone with functionality and something that just works for them, and that’s where iPhone shines. Apple has identified their requirements and people buy the product crazily, and to support that claim, iPhone 5’s pre orders topped two million in the first 24 hours! Most of the features that iPhone has are very good, but there are some minuses too. The new maps are not that great. iPhone the still best smartphone on the market, because most of the people buy smartphones for running apps, and iPhone has no scarcity of apps in its digital store. Users have option to choose from staggering 700,000 third-party apps and a wealth of available content, and most of the apps are of high quality.
Steve Jobs had once popularly said that 3.5 inch and 9.7 inch screen were the best screen sizes a smartphone and tablet device should have. Of course, 3.5 inch screen might have been the “sweet spot”, big enough to produce detailed, legible graphics, but small enough to fit comfortably in the hand and pocket, but things are changing now. More and more manufacturers are moving towards larger screen sizes, so it makes little sense for Apple to be stuck in the past. With iPhone 5, Apple has decided to give it a bigger screen, but has taken a slightly different approach than competitors. What they have done is that they’ve retained the same side-to-side width, but increased the height in order to increase the screen size from its previous 3.5-inch size. If users are looking for a really big screen like the 4.8-inch display on Samsung’s Galaxy S III, then iPhone 5 obviously isn’t going to strike their fancy. These competing big screens are both taller and wider.
Apple has taken advantage of the added screen real estate by using extra row available for info and icons now, but older apps which are designed for 640×960 pixels end up just being letterboxed with two black stripes on the sides, so basically it’s like having a 3.5″ phone. Apple has updated its own apps to take advance of the new resolution. The apps include iWork suite, iLife suite (GarageBand, iPhoto, iMovie), iTunes U, Cards, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, Podcasts, Remote, iBooks and iTunes Movie Trailers. Third party apps that have been updated include Twitter, Tweetbot, Instapaper, Reeder, Shazam, NYTimes, Evernote, CN, and the popular games TempleRun and The Dark Knight Rises.