Apple doesn’t let small things like dissing their older products get in the way of bigger goals like advertising their newer products. Had it been anyone but Apple, they’d be worried and their shoulders would be hurting from the burden of history they were lugging around knowing their ex-boss will turn in his grave, but not Apple.
They’ve always done things differently. They’d do ads explaining how it was perfectly common sense to make a phone large enough that your thumb can reach the bottom end and the top end of the iPhone 5. You see the 4S wasn’t so high on the common sense part – it didn’t even understand that people might need the battery to last, 5 took care of that, it has a special cutting edge noise cancellation microphone, so what if Google Nexus One had it in 2010? They’d tell you about the new antenna and its new, almost superhuman ability to hang on to network and not drop calls – clearly an unexpected thing in a phone.
So the question is – do you really have any use for the iPhone 5 if you have an iPhone 4S? Tragically, apart from the distance between your thumb and your palm logic, and only in case you already own a booster battery pack – it’s tough to think of even one reason.
In true Apple possessive tradition, the micro-sim you used for the 4 or the 4s would need to be further chopped to fit into the 5 and thus, rendered useless for any other phone. The thing to do here instead of going for a micro-micro sim-card is to have your regular sim-card ‘stapled’ and retain the plastic. A little jugaad later, when the iPhone runs out of juice someplace out of reach of a charging point, you can nudge your nano sim into its extra plastic case and use it in a phone that doesn’t always need to be connected to a charging point.
Anyway, rant aside, even though there isn’t quite enough new with the iPhone 5 to drop the 4S like a stale potato, there’s still enough to make you feel a slight tingle down your spine. The screen is bigger now – 4 inches – it also means you can fit even more apps on your screen, which is also thinner and lighter, so you can spend your time being even more worried about dropping it than the 4 or the 4S.
There are a couple of hardware changes though. The headphone jack has been moved to the bottom, the front camera has moved to the middle of the screen, but the piece de resistance is of course Apple’s brainwave – they’ve downsized the 30-pin connector and ended up with a lighting port. While we’re not really sure what this accomplishes, it means that the 5 will no longer juice-up with the same charger that you use for your iPhones, iPads or iPods or be compatible with any docking stations or any other accessories you’ve already invested in. Truth be told, for many this is a way of Apple snubbing and taking for granted the sheep in its fold while at the same time looking at newer pastures, but the crowds advance booking the iPhone don’t seem to care about all that.
The operating system, if you are one of those unfortunate enough to upgrade to iOS6, is pretty much the same barring a couple of minor differences, it does however let you Facetime even on a cellular network. And even though Apple insists that they have overhauled the battery to let it last through the day, when we were trying out the iPhone 5, the battery couldn’t survive more than 24 hours of tweeting and FB – we shudder to think what it would have been like if we’d decided to chop our sim and use it as a phone too.
But everything else said, the iPhone 5 has done something Apple had not been able to do in a decade – send out an Apple product that looks better in black than in white (the last was the Black Macbook Pro) and that in essence is just about the best thing about the iPhone 5.
To answer the question we started with – you shouldn’t buy it if you own the iPhone 4S, you could if you own the 4, but if you aren’t a slave to the canon or a new convert to the fold – wait for the 5S or maybe even the 6.
Dimensions: 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm (4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 in)
Weight: 140 g (4.94 oz)
Sim: Micro Sim
Screen: 640 x 960 pixels, 3.5 inches (~330 ppi pixel density)
RAM: 512 MB
Secondary Camera: VGA, 480p@30fps, videocalling over Wi-Fi and 3G
CPU: Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
Battery: Up to 200 h (2G) / Up to 200 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)
Music play: Up to 40 h
Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
Weight: 112 g (3.95 oz)
Sim: Nano Sim
Screen: 640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
RAM: 1 GB RAM
1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular
Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Battery: Up to 225 h (2G) / Up to 225 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 8 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)
Music play: Up to 40 h
Downgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1
The problem with expectations is that they usually don’t live up to the hype. The iOS6 has created some niggling problems for iPhones 4S, 4, 3Gs, iPad 2 and 3 and iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation like battery drainage apart from other things. Just follow these five simple steps to revert back:
1. Take a back up of all your data and files. Depending on what you prefer, you can save it in iCloud or iTunes. Make sure that the device has SHSH blobs for iOS 5.1.1 saved in it.
2. Download Redsn0w latest version and the IPSW file of iOS 5.1.1. This is available in Apple’s servers to restore your device.
3. Switch it to DFU mode and then open RedSn0w. Go to Extras and click on SHSH blobs and Stitch. Then select the iOS 5.1.1 IPSW for your device.
4. Open iTunes or iCloud and it should detect your device in recovery mode. Press the Option key and then click on the Restore button.
5. Then place your device back into DFU mode. Go to RedSn0w click on recovery fix. Let it run successfully. Once completed, your device is restored back on iOS 5.1.1.
If you have a 4S though, you are screwed because this process doesn’t work on it.