iPhone 5 versus iPhone 4S, is there much difference?

Apple launched its iPhone 5 on September 12 at an event in San Francisco, United States, prompting a barrage of questions over the differences between the latest brand and the iPhone 4S, launched in October last year.

At a glance, iPhone 5 comes with a larger 4-inch display, compared to its predecessor’s 3.5-inches. It in addition sports an improved screen resolution of 1136×640 pixels compared to 960×640 on the iPhone 4S.

Among other top enhancements available with the new phone is that, unlike its predecessor, it supports 4G LTE.

The new model also operates on Apple’s newest processor, A6, which Apple says will launch apps 2.1 times faster than the iPhone 4S, as well as save images from the photo app and load the music app 1.7 times and 1.9 times faster respectively.

The new phone is also thinner and lighter, at 7.6 millimetres and 112 grams respectively, this being 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.

However, there has been a lot of debate on Apple’s claim that the iPhone 5 is the ‘thinnest smartphone in the world’. Apple may have not considered other smartphones, such as the Droid Razr by Motorola, which has a 7.1mm-thin body.

The two models do, however, share some similarities in terms of battery life, storage capacity and camera. The iPhone 5 promises up to 8 hours talk time on 3G, 8 hours on LTE, 10 hours on WiFi, 40 hours audio and 10 hours video .

This is much the same as the iPhone 4S, with the main difference likely to be in standby time. The iPhone 5 will deliver 225 hours standby compared to 220 hours from the iPhone 4S.

Apple’s previous iPhone 4S received stiff competition from the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X, something that saw iPhone sales decelerate rapidly, according to a summary of Apple’s June 2012 quarter results.

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