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Apple iPhone 5: the new features

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Apple iPhone 5: the new features
The new Apple iPhone 5 is here! It wasn’t a shocking surprise, but rather a very solid upgrade to the existing iPhone 4S. Apple delivered on all fronts starting with a larger, 4-inch screen that’s bigger but still comfortable for one-handed use, going through 4G LTE support and ending up with the 2x more powerful Apple A6 chip and improved battery life.

All the rest got a solid update as well - the 8-megapixel camera now comes with a sapphire lens that is more durable. And iOS 6 brings a couple of interesting new features, but if we had to narrow it down to one weakness in Apple’s well-oiled machine, it’d be exactly that - iOS seems to be lagging behind a bit in features when compared to Android and Windows Phone. Or maybe, if lag is not the exact word it’s suffering a bit from its closed nature - it seems that we’ve just grown too used to it.

There are plenty of great things about the iPhone 5, though, and we’ve summarized them all in a quick overview below. Check them out and let us know how you like what you see in the comments below.

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posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:18 31

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

What new features? I thought Android already had navigation & screens that are 4" and above. lol

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:21 15

3. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

This isn't about android. its about iOS. Be happy with your choice of android, and stop trying to make everyone that likes iOS feel like idiots because they don't care about the best specs...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:27 19

8. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)

Lol, its not about choice right know
Its just that many people dont like greedy apple

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:36 10

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

hahaha they dont get it.......android is raggin on them for sooooo many reasons and good ones at that! apple is corrupt so lets jus start and keep it there.......peace

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:29 6

13. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Thank you. They don't understand that apple is not playing catch up to android. Android phones competes with android phone, and samsung is winning.

Every iPhone is a better iPhone. The specs are always better than the last iPhone. If that's not good enough for you, who cares stick to your androids

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:17 4

25. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

Well put Lift_Off us iOS users don't care about what Android has, otherwise we would have Android phones. I don't get why every time phonearena posts something about Apple anything, all these Androids fans on here has to go in on Apple products. Last time I checked the article was about iPhone not how much you Android fans hate the iPhone. I don't get why Android users have to prove something if you like what you have be happy and for everybody else that like iPhone, Nokia or whatever else isn't Android you don't constantly have to be an asshole and put iPhone down. who cares that it does not have things that Android has. Android does not have somethings iPhone has like the ability to not have virus and lag and also crash, not to mention how every Android ever made battery is not as good as the iPhone except the ones that have ridiculous size batteries because they require those and iPhone does not. but us iPhone users don't have to bash Android becuase we are satified with what we have. I think all the Android users that bash iPhone secretly are not satified with their phone and can't get an iPhone because they are not eligible for an upgrade or just can't afford it. All in all stop with the bashing if you don't like iPhone too bad for you but don't try to make everybody that has one feel like s**t.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 17:39 1

45. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

I don't agree with trolling. But if Apple fans can post how much they love the iPhone, why can't Android fans point out that they don't. And it is true and legitimate that most of these features are already available. I you Apple fans didn't care about the features Android has, then why would everyone get all excited when Apple releases these "new" features.
Correction: "new to Apple"

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 18:54 3

48. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

b/c you do it on iPhone articles...which makes you look childish. iPhone articles are plastered more with hatred than with actual sensible comments from those who carry iPhone. like the man said, if you like Android...like Android but don't expect everyone to like what you like, its that simple.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:25

52. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

OMG thank you CRICKETownz I couldn't have said it better myself I don't get why they come on iPhone and be just promoting Android so much and s**tting on the iPhone go do that on and Android article it's more Android phones than iPhones anyway. How much do you Android fans really have to make a point that iPhone is Inferior to Android if you feel that way just feel that way you don't have to say it every chance you get and Cellular Ninja if you can read it already says Apple iPhone 5: the new features so obviously it's new to iPhone you do know what a : means or did you just comment to put your two f**king cents in

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:13

50. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

All I'm saying is it gets ridiculous. If Apple fans don't have these feature let us be happy we have them. Android fans don't have to get on here and say we already have them who gives a f**k. Let us be happy that out OS has something we've wanted. We already now Android has these features obviously, duh just because we don't have Android does not mean we don't know what it can do. I wouldn't get on here and go in on Android. Because I don't care about Android. The people that get on here and puts people excitement about stuff down shows you who they are in real life an asshole that tries to bring people down and make them feel like s**t like them.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:44

53. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

Okay I'm sick of trying to make you little iPhone children feel good about yourselves. My last comment took all the strength within me not to bash you little babies. When Android is bashed by iPhone fans, I come back with cold hard evidence of why Android is better (such as: more freedom, more power, bigger screen, and much more). When you iPhone fans get your little phone bashed, you cry like children "unfair!! UNFAIR! You're being meann!!!"

That sums up your entire argument...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:54

54. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

Also, (in reply to @OnlyiPhone)
You say you won't go on Android news because you don't care about Android. There are a few things interesting about that statement. One thing is that I think you don't wanna see how much Android d**k your phone sucks. Second of all, I can go on iOS posts because I care about iOS. I hate it, but I care about it. I care about what advancements (or lack thereof) they make in the world. So I will read them, and I will comment on them. If you don't it then too bad, but meanwhile please stop crying.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:47

63. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

Watch out, we got a badass over here!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:02 1

65. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

@CellularNinja look bitch why does it matter about what iPhone is doing stay with your Android and be happy it does not matter how much you go in on iPhone people are still going to buy it. When will you realize it does not matter iPhone lovers is still going to love it mf. And furthermore if you chose any single Android phone and compare how many people have it and compare it to lets say the iPhone 4S it would be a whole lot more iPhone users than whatever Android phone you chose. Look at the stats you have at most 3 different iPhone models on sale at any given time going up against a whole slew of Android manufacturers and they still manage to do good. All in all I personally don't think Android is bad, I actually own Galaxy S3 as my employee phone because i work at Sprint, but that iPhone 4S on AT&T is where my heart is. All I'm saying is it's cool to not like iPhone, but when every iPhone article is flooding with just hatred instead of people that actually like the phone discussing what they like about the phone and other things. Android posts don't have these problems they can talk freely about Android and have minimal bashing. It's sad phonearena used to be pretty cool, but once so much iPhone hate started it went down the drain, because it is a lot of iPhone articles here.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:04

66. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

@CellularNinja how you don't like iPhone when you essentially have a super sized iPhone and iPad 2. ;)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 17:39

67. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

It's my families. I never use it... It's from work. But nice attempt to be clever. And that also shows that I have both devices and i know which one is better so thank you for that

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 21:06 1

68. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

I have both devices as well and i think both are great, its just preference of which one you like better. Me personally I like iPhone, but i would not dare put anyone down for liking android better its their business they paid for it.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 14:47

69. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

I am certainly not putting you down for liking iPhone, my wife and daughter have iPhones cuz that is what I suggested for them, but I am simply saying that I don't like the way many Apple fanboys (not saying you are one) go crazy and brag about certain features that other OS's already have. Yet somehowe that's innovation, and Apple rules the world! No, they don't. And I don't like the iPad at all cuz I don't see what you can do with it that you can't with the iPhone or any other smartphone. But I just feel that we are allowed to express are opinions on any article we want without people who disagree crying foul play

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 20:19

70. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

I can understand that. But what you have to understand is iPhone users get excited about these new (or new to iPhone) features because we have to wait patiently till Apple finds a way to implement them into the iPhone to where they work smoothly and don't kill your battery. Now bragging is something different me personally i don't brag, I know android has stuff faster than iPhone, but its because the software and hardware is not made by the same company. Google releases these updates and the manufacturers have to figure out how to implement them. On the other hand Apple has to do both so they just cant release something and the features of the software don't work seamlessly then their brand is tarnished. How many times have you seen an Android phone where they didn't integrate the features of the software smoothly and you said that sucks. Apple can't afford that when they have to make software then design a phone for it to go into.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 00:14 1

71. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

You're right. And I think it boils down to that I don't hate the product, I just really don't like the company... Any more. I used to, and I give credit where credit is do (or try to), they did revolutionize the smartphone market. But it annoys me that that still seems to be what they're riding on. And I to you it may look like a nice, fair upgrade, while I see lack of innovation. Yet they praise themselves for it.. There is nothing wrong with the product, but they sell it like it's the birth of Christ.. And that's what I don't like. So it's just perspective I guess. And you're right I really shouldn't of come in and destroyed it.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 13:52

72. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

Basically the things with these smartphone is they are hyped up by the media and praised for everything when no phone honestly is better than another phone it's all just preference. A phone can have the most amazing specs mankind has ever seen but different users are still not going to like it regardless.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 06:36 1

73. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

True. Like I said it was more me directing my comments at Apple rather than the iPhone itself or iPhone users. I was more like saying "Come on Apple! These features have existed for awhile! Do something different and new."
That's what Apple used to do, always innovating in big ways. Now they're just not innovating at all or in very small ways.
But I'll give em this the iPhone 5 definitely looks nice.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 20:18

74. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

True all true... Apple does do somethings I question myself, but I still just like their products I just couldn't see myself with any other phone. I've just been using them for years I tried android and I just can't get with it. So I guess you can say Apple has me lol.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:24 18

6. Carlitos (Posts: 514; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Its new to them. To the rest of the world its pretty old.
4" done (better and improved Android & windows)
Design (Motorola Razr Hd/MAxx, SGS3 HTC One X)
connectivity-Almost two years ago came out on HTC thunderbolt
Battery- Note II and Razr HD/ Maxx take the cake


posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:23

29. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

yet none of these phones has all of this in one

revolutionary :D

it's not perfect
it's not wildly original
but nothing is

apple just sues peole like it is the source, haha

but seriously, the new iphone is going to be great
so is the new razr hd maxx and the new nokia phones and the new one x+ and the galaxy note 2

you can play caveman in your fanboy camp or you can come out into the sunshine and just be happy about how awesome it is to be shopping for a smartphone right now
except for the carrier side of things

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 18:40

47. Carlitos (Posts: 514; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Im an not a fan boy. I don't like favoriting any particular platform. I was actually looking foward for the new iphone cause I wanted to try it out.
And your first statement shows how much knowledge you have.
The SGS3 had every single aspect I mentioned above so does the Note 2, Razr HD/Maxx Nokia Lumia 920.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 22:35 1

59. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

The RAZR Maxx has all those. I think the GS3 has a better talk time than the iPhone 5. Without a monster battery like the Maxx.

Panorama camera mode...that been out. Came with my Droid X1. Pretty sure the Maxx and GS3 has it, maybe One X.

Pretty sure the GS3 and One X has most if not all the features of the iPhone 5 as of right now. The main features anyway.

Yea.....Android out innovated Apple and the iPhone on the hardware side...maybe 2 years ago. Their major claim to fame then...Retina Display. Thats old news now...shouldn't have been a major thing then, with many Win Mo and Android phones having a higher screen res, ppi than the 3GS.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:49 2

20. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Yep. Android phones have everything that this has, but the thinness of the device is actually pretty cool.
I'll have to see how the A6 benchmarks do, but either way, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 320 GPU still completely eliminates anything that lives and breathes in speed and graphics quality, bar none.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:25

32. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

since all of us 90% of the time absolutely must have extreme procesing and graphics or we won't be able to carry out functions like texting, reading mail, surfing the net, or calendering
can't do that on slower processors, nope

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:34 1

37. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

It's not about that. It's about enhancement of technology. If we all stayed at smartphones with dual-core low power processors good enough for just texting, browsing, etc, then we won't make any advancements.
Also, for good gaming, you want a good processor. Can't do that on slower processors. Nope.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:43

39. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

did you not see the gaming demo?
the processor will be capable
there is not need to blow your budget on the fastest thing out there when you won't even use it
ios is still the center of the app world
most apps are coded with that in mind
so even if you have the newest android with a hexa-core server processor and 2gb or ram
nothing is being designed to really use that, so it is irrelevant
everything that is on the ios store is going to be tailormade for the iphone and so it is going to work beautifully on the new, more powerful, a6 processor
the bulk of current android phones are not the cutting edge, so there isn't really an impetus to create games that require that much processing power
awesome processors are cool
but i don't see how it really matters whether or not the new one x+ or the iphone 5 or the lumia 920 have the fastest processor on the market
i care about having an awesome expereince with my device
not being able to compare penises in the shower
if you will allow me to mix my metaphors like that to get the point across

edit: also, they are improving the technology, but going back to not blowing the budget, there is no reason to put a ps3 processor when no one is going to have the budget or the ability to create or market something like that in such a way as to get money. have you been following the semi-crisis in the regular video game world?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:49 1

40. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Most iOS games go to Android as well. Android has all of the games that iOS has, except for Infinity Blade and maybe a few others.
Look, I'm tired. I don't want to have a little pissing contest here. I dislike iOS and apparently, you hate advancement in technology. Go away.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:57

42. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

that is my point, they all eventually go to android
ios sets the standard
so you can have a desktop core i7 processor and dedicated graphics card in your android phone and it won't mean a thing because the standard is ios right now (which is kind of a bad thing honestly)
i don't hate technology updates
i just hate it when people get on apple or wp8 for not having the most cutting edge of the cutting edge
because it is irrelevant
the expereince, not the stats matter
if they can do it on a single core, marvelous
but they aren't, the new processor is still twice as powerful as the old
that is advancement
its just rational advancement, not a mindless race to the top that splinters the operating system, like what has happened to android

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:09 1

23. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

One thing I have to give them credit for is having a quadcore chip with LTE already. Just saying. Everything else is blah, but I personally thought that was good they have that going for them lol. Other than, where the heck is/are my next nexus phone(s) google?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:20 3

2. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

I think the phone is great. Ya, its not a complete redesign, but I dont think it needs to be. I love the look of the iphone. Bigger screen, LTE, and the A6 are all great upgrades.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:54 2

22. jwl3429 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Sep 2009)

Let be clear its a taller screen, it not bigger.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:18 2

26. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Technically, taller is bigger by definition.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 18:03

46. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Every thing about the iPhone 5 is as expected and its a bit date after recycling for 3 years.

i prefer the Razor M, 4.3-inch qHD 540 x 960 Super AMOLED screen with the same foot print.

Of course, Apple fan don't have a choice will just buy whatevery apple sell.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:49

64. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

Cool, im glad you prefer android. good for you. Android has many awesome features. As for your last sentence, Lots of apple fans (including myself) know exactly what else is out there... You just don't get it do you?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:21 5

4. Xperia42 (Posts: 60; Member since: 30 May 2012)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple IPhone 5
Like for s3 Comment for IPhone 5

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:24 9

5. Savage (unregistered)

Uhhhh, No, this isn't facebook. It's at the other end of the street.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:20 1

27. Xperia42 (Posts: 60; Member since: 30 May 2012)

Bruh shut up lol

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 23:07

61. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

You need to leave now, I remember when Phone Arena's comments were actually intelligent and were without fanboys and idiots like you. Please leave

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:27

7. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Think incremental, think iphone.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:28 1

9. Carlitos (Posts: 514; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Yeah this new Iphone is really a catch up phone, and not a good one. Iin my honest opinion in terms of excitment im just as excited as the iphone 4s maybe a little more but not by much

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:29 2

10. Savage (unregistered)

I've observed iPhone's announcement has a lot of features boasting improvements over speed. I thought iOS was already the smoothest and stablest OS. How much more speedier does it need to be?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:27 2

33. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

oh, just like android was perfect
except wait we need project butter

everything is like that

choose a field, software, hardware, make up, food
it's called marketing, everything is always improving

did you really just say what you said?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:29 2

11. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

i will be purchasing one... i'll give windows phone another year before i take my business there :-)

i like the iphone 5 but more excited about iOS 6 its always good to get updates on your phone no matter what type of phone it is...

as far as the "what new features" comment above... these features are totally new to iPhone... of course android has those features already.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:29 4

12. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)

Gentlmen, I disagree. Perhaps a 'solid upgrade' to the OG iPhone 2007 but not to the iPhone 4S.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:32 6

14. nitinrana (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

Lets look at the iCrap 5 release ... same old s**t - new box - ohh a lil longer! :P A6 processor *slated* to be faster than the i5 .. may i request for the FIPS and MIPS and quadrant scores on both please. Non standard 1136*640 resolution, Same pixel density as the earlier device, Same old camera, some improvement on the front cam shooting at 1.2 MP and 30fps - useful if you need to shoot yourself for a porn flick. different models for gsm/cdma (A1428/A1429) instead of a world phone like the 4S. Cut the SIM card even more - more headache for the operators and just in case you run out of juice ... hold the sim card and wonder wtf to do till u get an adapter - for an adaptor to fit a microSIM and then to a normal SIM which can fit all other phones.

Headphones ... BOSE its time you sue a lil bro apple for copying the QC in ear model .. where I pretty clearly recall the same images being used in the representation about the design....

People will still buy it because they want to prove how loyal they are to apple. Well, enjoy :)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:38 1

38. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

new thinner and lighter box
you will get your ratings on the new faster processor
apps are created for ios, so it is the standard
how many more pixels do you need (please provide an example of android or wp8 that is signficiantly higher)
even if it were exactly the same performance as the previous, it is thinner, which is actually pretty amazing. do you know anything about cameras?
...or if you like to chat with your friends in good video quality
right, because you are definately going to miss 4g in india. it's not like the current scandal is for 2g or something. oh wait
most people in the western world have just one sim. that doesn't make sense in india, i will give you that. so buy a micromax phone. matter finished
some people just buy it because they want a slick looking, capable phone. some people irrationally like apple. some people get them as presents. let's have a little tolerance, shall we?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:34 1

15. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

How many of these "new" features are lifted from GooPhone can anyone point out?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:41

17. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

""""11. iPhone 5 battery will now last even better battery life
With all that Apple has managed to squeeze in a larger battery and the iPhone now lasts longer. Talk time is up to 8 hours on 4G LTE."""

apple actualy only wrote 8 h lte browsing not talkingtime

or its the same? somebody help :D

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:25

31. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)

I don't think it matters because is not over LTE.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:46 1

18. SleepingOz (unregistered)

"But perhaps the most amazing new feature in the iPhone 5 is called panorama." Phil Schiller, Apple SVP, September 12 2012.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:47 3

19. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Why apple didn't launch it last year? galaxy note 2 and optimus g has beastly specs, moreover Samsung manage to provide software enhancements and innovations, apple today nothing to show. It's ios 6 is still can't compete with ics and jelly bean in terms of features and functions. I will still stick to android, iphone 5 definitely not for me. Galaxy note 2 is all I need.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:53

21. hosker (unregistered)

Can someone tell me whats the back made of.. Glass, alu or what?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:24

30. koolkat-uk (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

the top and bottom edges are glass and the middle is alu. this means you will still have to be careful about dropping your phone. Plus aluminium is pants for reception.. not a very good design in my opinion.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:09 2

24. dreeemer (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

Biggest flop 4 me? No NFC. They're behind, at least try 2 catch up with MOST smartphones.
Someone cue"Price is Right" fail tone...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:30

34. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

i agree, nfc would be nice
but what mainstream thing is it really used for?
in the next year i think it will become increasingly more important to have nfc
but right now we just mostly have things like automatic alarm clock docks and starbucks

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