Whats the new iPhone 5 like?

At 112g, the new iPhone is twenty percent lighter than the 4s – which might not be to everyone’s taste. The screen is now bigger at four inches, allowing you to watch videos at the correct size. One of the biggest, if not the biggest changes is that there is no longer a 30 pin connector; it is now the Lightning port connector. This has been the most complained-about change because if you have any accessories, like car chargers for example, you will not be able to use them with your iPhone 5. The reason for the new connector is the new slim-line design – and you can plug the cable in any way round which is quite useful – but this will still be a source of annoyance for existing Apple customers who own a lot of accessories. The official Apple adaptor will cost £25.

There are a few improvements to the camera which make a big difference. Firstly, you can take pictures 40 % faster than you could before – so no more waiting between locks, the picture is taken at almost the instant you click the button. The low light mode is very good; pictures come out much clearer in dark environments. Panorama is a brand new feature for iPhone: you can take pictures in portrait as you slowly turn, and they are then stitched together to give you a very impressive panoramic picture.

Brand new to the video function on the iPhone is that you can take pictures while recording. The 1080p video camera also has video stabilization now, so you don’t have to worry about wobbly videos any more. The forward facing camera is now 720p, so your FaceTime calls will now be much sharper, and you can achieve a much higher quality self-portrait than before.


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