The Apple iPhone 5 has been eagerly anticipated for months now, and despite numerous rumours and speculation regarding its features. It was finally unveiled on the 12th of September, after a brief update on Apple’s new Barcelona store and a look at the phenomenal sales figures of the latest iPad.
To be honest, the iPhone 5 has received a rather mixed reception. This is mainly due to the fact that a number of people believe that the handset is too similar to its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.
In reality though, the iPhone 5 is arguably the most advanced smartphone on the market. Whatever your opinions of the iPhone 5, it cannot be denied that it is an incredible feat that Apple has managed to pack all the features of the iPhone 4S, plus many more into a handset which is considerably lighter than thinner. In fact, at 7.6 millimetres this makes it the thinnest smartphone on the market.
Of course, the iPhone 5 boasts a number of impressive hardware features. One of the most notable is the touchscreen. This is because it is the first iPhone model to boast a touchscreen larger than 3.5 inches. At 4 inches, this will be a welcome increase in size, and Apple has increased the pixel resolution of the screen so it has the same 326 pixels per inch pixel density as the iPhone 4S, resulting in the same retina display.
The appearance of the iPhone 5 leaves little doubt about its brand. However, the iPhone 5 has several differences between the iPhone 4S. Most notably, it lacks the glass panels as seen on the iPhone 4S, instead boasting an attractive brushed aluminium finish which looks great and has a tactile field.
Of course, iPhone 5 sales are expected to go through the roof. Some analysts have predicted that the device will shift as many as 10,000,000 units in its first weekend on the market, after which a further 139,000,000 are predicted to sell before the end of the year.
Whatever your opinions of the iPhone 5, one cannot deny that it is arguably the most advanced smartphone available, and is sure to prove yet another record breaker for Apple.