Reality Check: THIRTY big hardware improvements over 4s!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Big.Mac.Daddy, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Big.Mac.Daddy, Sep 13, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012

    Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012

    Read it and WEEP naysayers! :p

  2. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I agree. This is a huge improvement. Everything has been updated. But people have to complain EVERY year for some reason. And then buy it :rolleyes:

    This doesn't even include the intangibles such as increased overall durability, new (better) headphone jack placement, and of course the difficulty of cramming each improvement into an overall smaller footprint.

    It's just overall better in every possible way.... but not good enough.

    Honestly, the only objective complaint I could think of is no NFC. Which, even though I don't see an immense need for now, I can see it being important in future-proofing for my device that I will have for the next 2 years

    oh and you better add one more, because you're sitting on 29!
  3. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    But it looks the same and people won't immediately know I have the new phone unless I stop them in the street and tell them.


  4. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

    Jun 10, 2007
    Cary, NC
    I have owned most iPhones produced (skipped the 4S) and am very excited about this new upgrade. I really don't understand what all the complaining is about. Seems like a great new iPhone to me.
  5. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Damn you. You completely stole my thunder. :D
  6. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Don't worry. Those of us that aren't crying out in agony over the upgrades will have the last laugh on Monday and beyond when Apple announces the highest number of pre-orders in history. Happens every year.
  7. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I think it's because at first glance, all they see is a taller iPhone 4.
  8. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    How can the items in bold be considered 'big' improvements? For example, how will the new dock connector benefit you in any way apart from the reversible thing?

    Edit: For the people who disagree with me, I am actually going to buy an iPhone tomorrow morning. I think its an improvement no doubt, but as much as the 3gs>4 was? I don't think so!
  9. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I like it smaller haha....something about a smaller footprint. Also, that 40% faster shutter speed is crazy. It already is insanely fast.
  11. Big.Mac.Daddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    Because they are :cool:
  12. bmunge macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I would also like to say this is a great post. Really puts things into prospective when you talk about improvements.

  14. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

    Jun 10, 2007
    Cary, NC
    But the thing is the appearance really is a lot different. I never have much cared for my iPhone 4 or the 4S's looks but I really do like the looks of the iPhone 5. The only thing they really have in common is they are rectangular.
  15. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    You still have lightning. :D
  16. aperry macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2008
    And, frankly, even with all of those improvements it'll likely still feel like.... a taller iPhone 4.

    The display improvements won't be noticeable to anyone who's not comparing side-by-side, the rear camera will produce virtually the same photos, most people don't even use the front camera. The touted 2x CPU/GPU improvement will likely feel a "little snappier", but I'm sure only a select handful of carefully chosen functions will actually perform twice as fast. The new dock connector will be a nuisance for the first year or two (bye bye expensive HDMI cable that you purchased, hello expensive adapters....that won't work with the HDMI cable). No one cares about the SIM card.

    That often just the way it is with these types of improvements.
  17. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    44% smaller sim card is a spec, not an improvement.
  18. Big.Mac.Daddy, Sep 13, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2012

    Big.Mac.Daddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    Took it out, yet there is still 30 improvements up there (29 if you don't count the smaller dock connector, but I do) for the haters to cry about ;)

    Man those tears will taste so salty mmmm :p
  19. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    I would like to see a list like this, but showing changes from the 4. That is what I am upgrading from. I am in the midst of putting together the justification presentation to the CFO and I would like to overwhelm her with data. :D
  20. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    If it saves more space inside it has to be an improvement though. Right?
  21. chakraj macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2008
    So Cal
    No way, the new iphone is better than the old iphone. I dont believe it, wow I was not expecting incremental upgrades to the specs. amazing :rolleyes:

    do you think the next iphone may get spec bumps also??? That would be incredible.
  22. johndallas999 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
  23. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    To some it may be. I plug my phone in before bed, in the dark. This update is welcome. Plus the speaker at the bottom is larger due to the extra space.

    Think about design for a bit.
  24. Big.Mac.Daddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    You try to cherry pick one out of 30 and you think that makes you smart? :rolleyes:

    I just read your reply and facepalmed :p

    Exactly, some just want to argue about semantics.
  25. x&y macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2012
    West Midlands, England
    Display Improvements
    4" Screen I'm perfectly happy with 3.5"
    In-cell touch What?
    44% greater color saturation I'm happy with the current screen colour, as are most people.
    Full sRGB support Not sure what this is?
    Higher brightness Current brightness is fine.
    Less glare Glare doesn't affect me and I doubt it affects others.

    Performance Improvements
    2x CPU iPhone 4 is fast enough
    2x GPU Current graphics processor is good enough IMO
    Better battery life I doubt it, let's see what happens in real life.

    Enclosure Improvements
    20% Lighter Who cares?
    18% Thinner As above.
    Increased durability How exactly?

    Wireless Improvements
    LTE Good improvement but not worth £529
    DC-HSDPA Unsure what this is.
    Dual band 802.11n As above.

    Camera/Video Improvements
    Sapphire Crystal (more durable) Don't understand this.
    40% faster capture speed Current camera is fine.
    Better low-light performance How much better?
    Improved noise-reduction
    720p HD Facetime camera Current camera is fine.
    Improved video stabilization Hmmm.
    Still photos while recording video Pointless feature.
    A6 post processing of photos Won't change much.

    Audio Improvements
    Better Earphones Nothing to do with iPhone 5 itself.
    Three microphones What does this improve?
    5 magnet speakers Unsure what this improves?
    2-way noice cancelling earpiece As above.
    Wideband/HD Audio HD audio? How does that work?

    Connectivity Improvements
    80% smaller dock connector Nothing wrong with the current dock.
    Reversible dock connector What does this improve?


    All the above really shows me is that a lot of the new features are very minimal and hardly improve anything of any real significance. The only feature I actually think is a good improvement is the LTE.

    The iPhone 5 is obviously the "best iPhone ever". But is it really worth the money for a lot of people? Certainly not for me.

    I'm sticking with my iPhone 4 and until something really game changing comes out I'll be very happy with what I've got.

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