Apple has now announced its latest iPhone, the iPhone 5, which has had a number of upgrades over last years iPhone 4S and this article is designed to explain the difference between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.
Apple now sells three different versions of the iPhone, the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, you can see the difference between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S in our article we published last year.
The iPhone 5 features a new design over the iPhone 4S, the handset is taller it measures 4.87 inches as opposed to 4.5 inches on the iPhone 4S, it is the same width at 2.31 inches and is thinner than the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 is 0.30 inches thick where as the iPhone 4S is0.37 inches thick.
The iPhone 5 is also lighter than the iPhone 4S, weighing in at 112 grams as opposed to 140 grams for the iPhone 4S, it is also Apple’s first smartphone to come with a 4G LTE connection.
The main difference between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 is the screen, the iPhone 4S feature a 3.5 inch Retina display with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels at 326ppi.
The new iPhone 5 features a 4 inch Retina display with a resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels at 326ppi, and it features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, on top of that WiFi has also be upgraded on the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 4S comes with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, with 802.11n WiFi on the 2.4GHz band, where as the new iPhone 5 features 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and 802.11n WiFi on the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands.
Both devices come with Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS and GLONASS, and the iPhone 5 features either GSM Edge or CDMA, the same as the iPhone 4S, but the new iPhone 5 also comes with DC-HSDPA and 4G LTE.
The iPhone 5 features a new smaller Nano SIM card as opposed to the microSIM card in the iPhone 4S, unfortunately the iPhone 5 is not compatible with microSIM cards.
Processing wise the iPhone 5 features a new faster processor than the iPhone 4S, which according to Apple delivers two times faster processing and graphics performance, the iPhone 5 features an Apple A6 processor and the iPhone 4S features an Apple A5 processor.
Both devices come with an 8 megapixel camera with tap to focus, auto-focus, an LED flash, a backside illumination sensor, a five element lens and face detection.
The front camera on the iPhone 5 is different to the one on the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4S features features a VGA resolution camera for photos and video where as the iPhone 5 features a 1.2 megapixel camera for photos and it is capable of HD video in 720p, it also comes with a backside illumination sensor.
Video recording on the iPhone 5 is slightly different, and new features over the iPhone 4S include improved image stabilization, face detection and the ability to take photos whilst in the middle of recording a video.
Another difference between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 is the new Apple EarPods, the iPhone 4S comes with standard Apple Earphones where as the iPhone 5 comes with Apple’s new EarPods.
The iPhone 5 also features Apple’s new Lightning dock connector, where as the iPhone 4S comes with Apple’s older 30 pin dock connector, there is also an adapter which will let you use the older 30 pin dock connector with the new lightning connector.
The iPhone 5 features a larger battery than the iPhone 4S, and according to Apple the iPhone 5 will come with up to 8 hours of talk time over 3G, up to 8 hours of browsing time over LTE, 8 hours over 3g, and 10 hours over WiFi, plus it comes with a standby time of up to 225 hours.
The iPhone 4S comes with up to 8 hours of talk time over 3g, up to 6 hours of browsing time over 3G and up to 9 hours of browsing time over WiFi, it also features a standby time of up to 200 hours.
There is a difference in pricing between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, the SIM free prices are as follows, the iPhone 4S is available for $549 SIM free, it is also available on contract with a number of carriers.
The iPhone 5 will be available in three different sizes, the 16GB iPhone 5 will retail for $649, the 32GB iPhone 5 will retail for $749 and the 64GB iPhone 5 will retail for $849.