The iPhone 5 is a relatively solid update to the 4S, but there’s not much revolutionary from a user’s point of view, except perhaps the improved battery life. Here’s a quick rundown of what is new:
- It’s thinner, longer, and lighter
- Faster Apple A6 processor
- LTE connection speed, if your carrier suports it, and tweaked wifi
- Longer screen, giving a proper 16×9 (widescreen) layout, and room for an extra row of icons on the launcher. Width of the screen remains the same.
- New connector (re-purchase all your accessories)
- New headset (EarPods)
- New aluminum case. No more glass back.
- Better camera front, and back
- Better battery life
- Prices are the same
- Oh, yeah… iOS 6
Click here for the official Apple page on the new iPhone.
iOS 6 introduces some new features to old apps, but there’s nothing really revolutionary app-wise. Here’s a quick summary:
- Maps – Apple is doing their own maps. You’ll get turn by turn navigation, guided by Siri, and ‘flyover’ view. Only driving directions, though. No walking, or public transit. 4S or later, iPad 2 or later. Google Maps will now be available as a third party app, but will not come with iOS devices any more.
- Siri – a bit smarter, and understands more about things like movies, restaurants, sports scores, and so on. 4S or later, iPad 3rd generation or later.
- Facebook – integrated with the system
- Shared Photo Streams – exactly what it sounds like
- Passbook – tracks tickets, passes, and discount cards
- Facetime – now works over carrier, but it must be allowed by the carrier. Check with your carrier.
- Phone – reply with text message, call back reminders by time, or location, do not disturb mode bsed on a set time period, set contacts you want as VIP’s, and they will still ring through.
- Mail – VIP contact’s emails go in VIP mailbox. Easier attachment of photos, and videos.
- Safari – iCloud tabs lets you synchronize your browsing from device to device. That is, browse on your computer, run out the door, and pick up exactly where you were on your phone later. Full screen landscape view. Offline reading mode for iPhone 4 or later, iPod Touch 5th gen or later.
- Accessibility – there are some ‘made for iPhone hearing aids’. 4S or later. Who knew?
- Privacy – can see network access on a per-app basis, and disable those strange apps that want a network for no good reason.
- Camera – panorama mode – 4S or later, iPod Touch 5th gen or later.
- Stores – they all had a face lift in the interest of user experience
- Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends – now requires a ‘registered’ wifi network, or a carrier connection.
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Here are a couple of links to the official, Apple information:
iOS 6’s New Features
Scroll to the bottom of this linked page to see what works on which device.
And here’s another Apple link showing availability by country:
iOS 6’s Feature Availability