Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Apple iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 comparison review

The iPhone 4S is a hugely popular smartphone, but rumours about the iPhone 5 have been gathering speed for some time now, so here we place the known specs of the iPhone 4S next to the rumoured specs of the iPhone 5 in a comparison review. We will of course update this article as soon as Apple publishes the full specs of the iPhone 5, but until then we will be feeding off the scraps of Apple's infamous 'leaks', and the murky world of iPhone 5 rumours. See also iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round-up. With that, we advise those of you looking for a concrete comparison of official iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 specs to wait until Apple unveils the iPhone 5, because definitive information will not be available until then. To find out when that iPhone 5 launch date will be, take a look at our iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round-up. VisitGroup test: What's the best smartphone? So here it is, the iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 comparison review… based on rumours, leaks and – where possible - expert insight. See also Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 5 comparison review. iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 comparison review: Design The IPhone's size hasn't changed much at all really. The first iPhone started off measuring in at (HxWxD) 115x61x11.6mm and weighing 135g back in June 2007. Four-and-a-bit years later and Apple's iPhone 4S is still largely the same measuring 115.2x58.66x9.3mm and weighing 140g. During this time of nuanced change, Apple has kept the screen size of all iPhone generations the same, at 3.5-inches. The reason for this is so all the iPhone's built-in software and apps will run as seamlessly as possible across all versions of the iPhone. This pattern strongly suggests that the iPhone 5 will follow suit and Apple will design the iPhone 5 around a 3.5-inch screen, to keep continuity and apps running smoothly. That said, the signs are there to suggest that new Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't afraid of changing his flagship products' dimensions, as the 7-inch iPad mini is touted to appear soon. See iPad mini 'confirmed' October release date. Finally the rumour mills unanimously suggest that the iPhone 5 will follow in the footsteps of its Android rivals the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X by having a larger screen. What holds back the rumours of a bigger screen on the iPhone 5 is that there is a lack of unity about what screen size the next-generation Applesmartphone will be. With sources and leaks quoting screen sizes that range from 4-inches to 5-inches. However, one rumour that looks relatively sound and feasible is the 4in-screen iPhone 5 display photographs that have been leaked. One thing seems certain: whatever screen size the new iPhone 5 has, it will probably be Retina quality. iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 comparison review: Processor The iPhone 4S uses a dual-core Apple A5 chip, this doubled the iPhone's (on paper) on-the-fly processing capabilities from the single core A4 chip found in the iPhone 4. Based on previous chips that Apple has used, it is PC Advisor's opinion that the iPhone 5 should have an A6 processor which could well be quad-core (which would double its processing capability again). However Apple could opt to use the A5X chip found in the new iPad which is dual-core with quad-core graphics. It’s worth pointing out that dual-core processors don’t offer twice the processing power of single-core chips, but they can work on two processes at the same time. This increases the speed of your device when it is multi-tasking. iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 comparison review: Storage Apple has always made its iPhones available to buy in a few different storage sizes. The iPhone 4S is currently available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage. You can expect more of the same from Apple with the iPhone 5 in terms of choosing a storage size that suits you, but expect the sizes to increase - some rumours are suggesting that the next gen iPhone will expand up to a 128GB model. One possible rumour that has cropped up a few times is that the new Apple iPhone will have expandable memory in the form or something similar to an SD slot. It is our opinion that this will not be the case, instead we see the role of Apple's iCloud being even more integrated with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, therefore solving the extra storage dilemma. Watch this space. iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 comparison review: Camera The cameraphone arms race has slowed down a bit of late. Gone are the days when phone manufacturers would worry only about how many megapixels they could boast about on a smartphone's box, today it's all about quality. That said, the iPhone 4S' 8MP rear camera has always been well received in terms of its picture and video recording quality, therefor the need to improve the iPhone's camera will be considerably down Apple's list of priorities for iPhone 5 improved specs. One rumour that has caught our attention is the 'iPhone 5 will have a multi-point camera focusing system'. Sounds confusing, doesn't it? This rumour developed due to Apple being awarded a patent for a multi-point camera focusing systems and, according to the website that broke this story, the patent "describes a system that lets the user of a camera-equipped device select two or more areas of focus on a touchscreen which, when a picture is taken, are passed through a dedicated image processor to produce optimal sharpness and exposure for both regions." If you're still confused, go to the article iPhone 5 will have "multi-point camera focusing system" to find out more. iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 comparison review: Software The massive success of the iPhone has been down to the quality of its software as much as it has been about the quality of its hardware, perhaps even more so. Apple's iOS works flawlessly and has caught the imagination of the public and app developers alike. The iPhone 4S currently runs the iOS 5 operating system, complete with Siri and iCloud access. The all-but-confirmed Autumn launch of the iPhone 5 is perfectly aligned with the actually confirmed Autumn launch of iOS 6, heavily suggesting the iPhone 5 will run the iOS 6 operating system. The OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion upgrade has already made Apple's intentions to create cross-platform operation more seamless, so you can definitely expect the iPhone 5's software to be more 'connected' to your other Apple devices. To find out more about iOS 6 and what we expect the iPhone 5's software to be like take a look at our iOS 6 preview. wholesale accessories,ipod accessories,ipad accessories,iphone accessories

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