The iPhone 5 was an upgrade in every way it was faster, more powerful, lighter and has a larger screen than the iPhone 4S. The latest iPhone is truly an upgrade in every single way. However there are a few things that the current iPhone doesn’t allow you to do and sadly some of the competition already have these features on their phones so Apple are getting a little behind. The iPhone was once at the forefront of the smartphone technology with no other touch screen phone even close sadly with the lack of additional features in the new phone its starting to look more like just one of a pack.
- Wireless charging – Many iPhone fans would of loved to see wireless charging feature in the iPhone, this feature is starting to appear in many of the Nokia smartphones on the market. The wireless charging capability in phones will make it easier to use and give an added value to the phone that is seeing no major changes. The only issue is the data transfer speeds in currently wireless charging technology is currently not very good, especially compared to Apple’s new mini dock connector the ‘lighting’ connector.
- Liquid metal case – This one was in the rumor mill for a while that Apple was going to use the use liquid metal to make a far superior case for the phone using liquid metal. Sadly this turned out not to be true. However Apple has got an exclusivity contract out on the liquid metal technology for another two years so we may see this tech in future phones before we see it in any of the competition.
- Quad core processor – The iPhone 5 is fast don’t get us wrong on this one they have manages to squeeze every drop of power out of the dual core processor. The iPhone 5 still holds up to the competition but for some reason they didn’t introduce the faster processor to the phone, when other phones in the market already have it.
- NFC – Sadly this one was a deal breaker for me and quite possibly the reason I didn’t purchase the new iPhone in a market where purchases using your phone are now being common place NFC seems to be the most popular technology to do this. Not only that but NFC would have been the perfect partner for Apple passbook application to make the first true iwallet.
I think if the iPhone 5 had included all these things it would of definitely had been a deal breaker for me and I would of upgraded. Sadly now the iPhone 5 is only slightly superior to the competition and the distinct advantage Apple once had in the smartphone market is slowly slipping away.
This article was written by Tom Armenante, he likes to write about technology news he also writes for several other blogs out there including Smartphonearm.