Apple has done a great job on the hardware overhaul to bring the thinnest, lightest iPhone yet, but there's a lack of any new 'wow' features, and the firm needs to do a quick fix-it job on Apple Maps.
Thin and light design; larger 16:9 high-quality display; 4G support
Google Maps removal; no wow factor
£ 529 - £699
Processor: A6 dual-core
Display: 4in 1136x640 Retina display
Storage: 16/32/64GB internal
Camera: 8MP rear-facing iSight, 1.2MP front-facing
Connectivity: GSM/EDGE/HSPA+/HSDPA/LTE 4G; 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz; Bluetooth 4; GPS
Ports: 8-pin connector, headphone jack
Operating system: Apple iOS 6
Dimensions: 124x59x7.6 mm
Apple has gone with a new A6 processor for the iPhone 5, which it claims is up to two times faster than the A5 chip, but 22 per cent smaller. We noticed that even for general web browsing and opening apps, the iPhone 5 was always a shade quicker than the iPhone 4.
Apple also said the A6 chip has souped up graphics that offer up to double the performance of the current A5 processor in the iPhone 4S. We played a few games on both phones, and noticed the game visuals were much clearer and brighter on the latest model, although we didn’t notice a huge boost in smoothness, something we’ve never found to be a problem with the iPhone 4S.
Apple has redesigned the screen to integrate touch technology and make it thinner, again working towards the streamlined, lighter design.
According to the firm, it has removed a layer of screen, so instead of a separate layer of touch electrodes sitting between display pixels, the pixels act as touch-sensing electrodes while displaying the image at the same time. What this means for the user is the screen on the iPhone 5 has better colour saturation and a clearer, brighter display than on previous models. The iPhone 5 features a 4in Retina display with 1136x640 resolution at 326 ppi. The colours on web pages and video were bright and vibrant, while text was clean and crisp. The difference in display quality compared to the 3.5in iPhone 4S, with 960x640 resolution also at 326 ppi, is noticeable even just looking at the app icons on the homescreen.
However, a clear difference is the longer screen size on the iPhone 5, taking it to a 16:9 ratio from 1.5:1 on the 4S.
This means you can now fit an extra row of icons on the screen, an extra email in your inbox view, or an extra event in your calendar. We also liked that you can watch widescreen programmes without getting the black bars across the top and bottom of the display.
Next: Camera and iOS 6.