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New Phone Might Be Big Disap­po­in­tment

iPhone 5: You Might Be disap­po­inted!

Looking forward to the iPhone 5? You and everyone else, it seems. Alas, here's five reasons we have been told it might not measure up.

1 Design looks to be largely unchanged

Leaked snaps indicate that although the next iPhone is going to be taller and thinner, its look and feel will remain largely unchanged from the iPhone 4S. Which you'll not need reminding itself retained the design of the iPhone 4, a phone that’s now over two years old. That's aeons in smartphone years.

If the snaps we’ve seen so far tell the whole truth and there really is no tangible sense of progression you’ll be able to see the sense of disap­po­in­tment from space.

2 Apple could once again fail to manage expectations

The iPhone 4S left many tech fans crestfallen partly because Apple allowed the hype whirlwind around the phone to blow up to Katrina proportions. That was in contrast to the iPad 2.

When a slew of rumours appeared suggesting the second-gen tablet would have a high density retina screen, Apple got in touch with select tech sites and leaked info to put them right about it. The result? Punters adjusted their expectations accordingly were grateful for what they got, not what they didn't.

3 'Steve Jobs' last device' chatter is raising stakes

Within weeks of the death of Steve Jobs and with his Princess Diana-style beati­fica­tion and canonisation as one of modern life's few geniuses already underway, leaks emerged from Cupertino claiming that the iPhone 5 is the last iDevice on which the Apple founder was closely involved in its development.

Whether Jobs merits his exalted position is a moot point. But one thing is for sure. And that's that the billing the handset is being given means it has already acquired a kind of legendary status. That means it'll have to change the game if it's not to be seen as anything other than an anti-climax.

4 Four-inch screen feels super­an­nuated

At the Galaxy S3 launch a few months back, the uSwitch Tech team of scribes laid out their handsets next to Sammy’s new wonder kit in the interests of comparison.

Stacking up against the S3 that day was an HTC Sensation, a Galaxy S2 and an iPhone 4S. And it won’t surprise you that it was the iPhone 4S, with its compa­ratively pokey 3.5-inch screen and over-familiar design, that felt and looked the most old-fashioned.

5 Points docked for incom­pati­bility

Apple is about to ditch the 30-pin connector that’s been a fixture of the iPhone from year one in favour a new 19-pin port. Or at least that’s the rumour.

If so, it’s a seismic change. And given that the port has been present in every iPhone iteration so far, it’s arguably the most radical change the sixth-generation phone will bring with it.


Alas, it’s also perhaps the least welcome. Not least because it’s about to render scores of existing accessories obsolete in a snap, with what we’re guessing will be predictably angry conse­qu­ences.

Sure, Apple will probably manufacture an adaptor. But we’re equally sure that it won't come in the iPhone 5 box. And we’re even more sure it’ll sell at the kind of premium price mark-up for which Apple is famed.

“So do you think it’s worth going for the Iphone 5? Says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.


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