I can't let a major product launch go by without making at least some comment! So the iPhone 5 cat is out of the bag, well... as it turns out the iPhone 5 was mostly out of the bag about a month ago, as most of the more reputable rumours were confirmed. This is a little bit disappointing and no doubt has lead to a few rows in Cupertino. I doubt we'll get this much information so early next time around as Apple are undoubtedly going to make a point of plugging their leaks.
I can sum up my opinions pretty quickly. I feel that most of the iPhone 5's progress has been made in terms of software rather than hardware. It's less of a big deal than I would have liked though I'm not sure what they really need to add to the iPhone at this point. In hardware terms there are three improvements of significance:
- A taller, more-or-less widescreen display with better colour and a thinner design. It's physical shape has significantly changed.
- The hardware is superior. It's had it's processor upgraded.
- The camera has been improved, low light mode, funky lens and suchlike.
All of the other features, and some of them are really cool, are actually part of iOS 6 - which will be available on the iPhone 4 and 4S etc. Those that suggest that it's almost a "4SS" - I can understand that train of thought. The big differentiator over earlier models is going to be the screen. I don't see the iPhone 5 as significant enough an upgrade to force my hand, I've only had the 4S a little while (and I actually prefer the design of the 4S). I would totally go get myself a 5 if I was at the end of my contract.
My one gripe is the back plate. It feels like an odd decision to me to build it from two materials. I understand why those two windows are there, and I love the idea of the aluminium backplate - but it looks wrong to me. I would have been happier with an all-glass back panel until they figure out how to go all-aluminium. It's not a huge deal.
So for those who get themselves an iPhone 5 it's going to be a great phone. It's not really tugging at me to upgrade though.