Opinion: The New iPhone 5

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Sarah Hoover

Apple recently released its design for the iPhone 5, which could be ordered online starting Friday, Sep. 14. The new features? A lighter and thinner design, a camera made out of sapphire (material made from an aluminum-glass compound cut with crystal diamond), 4G network, a larger screen, a new charger, new touch-screen technology, and, drumroll please: new headphones.

Let’s first take a moment to acknowledge the expert craftmanship that went into this incredibly sleek design, because obviously, we all need phones made from precious metals. Clearly, Steve Jobs’ absence has not altered Apple’s affinity for grand presentation.

Now for the most awaited component of all: the headphones. These headphones are not just any headphones: they are state-of-the-art  instruments designed by highly-trained experts who took into account both the acoustics and the shape. At last, the people of the world can drown themselves in a world of music without fear of their earbuds falling out or looking too much like a hipster with pseudo-vintage headphones.

The new charger is most definitely a plus. Its sole purpose is to force people to buy a completely different kind of incompatible charger. That’s sure to attract new customers.

But in all seriousness, the new features will have a positive impact on the efficiency of the phone. The fast-response touch screen is sure to bring over a few converts from old-fashioned keyboard phones, and the larger screen will make watching Hulu all the more enjoyable. Plus, access to 4G network means a reduced amount of time wasted waiting for Facebook to load, and the sapphire camera will take higher-quality pictures that can be posted to Instagram to make anyone look artsy.

Overall, Apple has some of the best products out there, and the iPhone 5 is sure to be a testament to its reputation. Just don’t forget to buy a new charger.

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12 Responses to “Opinion: The New iPhone 5”

  1. Sabiha Viswanathan on September 16th, 2012 10:47 pm

    Great job with your research sarah. I had no idea of the features but they seem really appealing. There actually have been claims that the phone is lacking and not much of a change. It’s actually sort of an inconvenience that with this new phone comes new products. It is the perfect way to make more money.

  2. nhug on September 18th, 2012 12:12 pm

    It feels like technology has come to somewhat of a standstill. Each new iPhone seems to have less and less inovation and this one is no different. The selling factor of this iPhone is that it is bigger, and that is not something that should make people want to buy it, but unfortunately, looking at the initial pre-sale figures (double the number of iPhone 4S pre-sales http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/09/iphone-5-soaring-pre-sales-lift-apple-stock/), people will still buy anything Apple puts out.

  3. Zoe Pacalin on September 18th, 2012 3:44 pm

    I understand it makes companies more money to make people buy new chargers for every device they purchase, but it gets really tiring to have to buy 2 new things every time you want to buy one (and this goes for all electronic devices, not just iPhones).

  4. Ryan on September 18th, 2012 5:11 pm

    My dad is planning on getting the iPhone 5, and I am excited to see the long-awaited product. The larger screen is definitely something to look forward to, but the different charger is certainly less convenient, as all associated products will consequently need their respective designs changed. Overall, good article explaining the features, Sarah!

  5. alai on September 18th, 2012 6:13 pm

    It doesn’t sound like much has been changed. This reminds me of a video where people were shown the current iPhone but were told that it was the new one and they still thought it was better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdIWKytq_q4

  6. Evan on September 18th, 2012 8:20 pm

    Apple Does a great job marketing there products but come on, new chargers? I pay for my own chargers so it’s annoying knowing that i have to go in a purchase new chargers for the iPhone 5.

  7. Robbie Gordan on September 20th, 2012 2:55 pm

    It seems like all of apple’s biggest products today are just the same thing repackaged over and over again. That certainly seems like the case with the iPhone 5, and the charger is just a blatant attempt at making even more money.

  8. egrose on September 20th, 2012 3:00 pm

    A lot of these new features seem to be totally unnecessary (like the new charger), but the larger screen and faster touch-screen is definitely a plus. However, I agree that as time goes on it seems that Apple adds less and less to its new products, and the changes that the company does make seem to be mostly insignificant.

  9. Sam Parish on September 20th, 2012 4:40 pm

    It’s really nice that the touch screen was updated, and a sleeker design is also nice. But it’s longer, too. I wonder how breakable they will be compared to the 4. While the new charger is a major pain, it’s definitely going to bring in new customers, and plenty of money. Anyone with an old docking station or car charger has to get an adapter, which will have an extra cost, and probably help third party companies selling the adapters at cheaper prices.

  10. David Schmitt on September 20th, 2012 7:13 pm

    Another year, another marginally improved product. I wonder how much cooler the iPhone 6 would be if Apple waited a little longer to develop it a little more…

  11. Will on September 20th, 2012 7:40 pm

    Honestly, I’m considering switching to the Google phone. I honestly can’t keep up with Apple and their constant updates. All I want is Internet on my phone. Not new state of the art engineered headphones!

  12. Katie Gaherty on December 4th, 2012 4:58 pm

    I have to say that the thin and light weight characteristics are definitely a plus, but in my opinion I am satisfied with the 4S. I rather not pay much more for a lighter phone.