Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

iPhone 5 - Game Changer?

Sometimes you look at Apple and wonder why it is that everything they touch turns to gold, it feels like everything they do is flawless in execution.

And then you remember some things that are/were less than perfect: Ping, the iPhone 4 antenna, battery life on the 4s, MacBooks overheating and Maps on iOS 6 to name a few. Apple do, therefore, screw up occasionally... It's just that when they do get it right, they get it so right it hurts.

Take the new iPhone for example. On paper it could be viewed quite negatively - a new connector which (if like me you need cables for home, work, travelling, the car) forces you to fork out for a bunch of expensive replacements, battery life which barely lasts a day if you use it, a wider screen which (as a developer) forces you to rethink many of your apps and of course Maps which is just total crap.

But somehow, despite all that, it's still brilliant. you only need to hold the device for 2-3 seconds and you understand what it's all about. It's so thin, light, and fast that within seconds of using it you feel like Tony Stark and, frankly, that's worth £700 of anyone's money :).

So, then you start to rethink your opinions on it the negatives: The new connector is a vast improvement on both the old connector and micro USB, since I also have an iPad and our trains have power sockets I can manage with the battery life and Maps...? Well, a minor inconvenience compared with the benefit of being Iron Man every day!

The iPhone 5 then? Brilliant. Buy one.




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