I’ve had an iPhone 5 for over a year now


… or to be more precise, my iPhone 4s is actually the 5th iPhone. Yes OK, today this is just a bit of tongue in cheek, nothing more, so take with a large grain of salt please.

So what am I on about? Well basically the new iPhone 5 (announced yesterday) is actually the 6th iPhone, not the 5th.

Really!! … yep, here is how it plays out.

Model iPhone iPhone 3G iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPhone 5
Number
1
2
3
4
5
===> 6 <===
Status Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued Available Available Announced
New
features
USB 2.0/dock connector assisted GPS,
includes earphones with mic
voice control, digital compass (magnetometer), Nike+, camera tap to focus (iOS 4.0+)
includes earphones with remote and microphone (This model is now in the process of being discontinued)
3-axis gyroscope,
Dual-microphone noise suppression,
microSIM,
rear camera LED flash
Siri (beta) voice assistant and GLONASS support Lightning connector, Nano-SIM, and Apple Earpods
Announced January 9, 2007 June 9, 2008 June 8, 2009 June 7, 2010 October 4, 2011 September 12, 2012
Released 4 and 8 GB: June 29, 2007
16 GB: February 5, 2008
July 11, 2008 16 and 32 GB: June 19, 2009
Black 8 GB: June 24, 2010
GSM (Black): June 24, 2010
CDMA (Black): February 10, 2011
White: April 28, 2011
8 GB: October 4, 2011 (Available from Oct 14, 2011)
October 14, 2011 September 21, 2012

OK, so some might argue that the 4S is just an Upgrade for the 4 … ah but wait, if that is true, then the 3GS would be an upgrade for the 3G and so that would then make the latest the first iPhone 4.

Bottom line – no matter how you slice or dice this, while Apple can indeed construct some really cool toys, they don’t appear to be able to count.

If you want details of the latest incarnation, then you can check it out here

Quick Summary

  • It looks like the iPhone 4S
  • It’s thinner, by 18 per cent, and lighter, by 20 per cent
  • The screen is taller too, at 4-inches corner to corner
  • Has the newer (faster) A6 chips (last one had A5) … they claim “twice as fast”
  • Same camera … but better low-light performance and a new panorama mode.
  • The Micro SIM is now an even smaller nano-SIM … so you will need a new SIM if you buy one.
  • Dock connector gone, and has a smaller “lightening” connector … which means that everything you plug into does not work with this new phone. (But for £25 Apple will sell you an adapter … yes … £25 for one little adepter)
  • Cost? – Unlocked, the phone will cost £529 (16GB), £599 (32GB) and £699 (64GB). [That is UK prices of course] As for contract offerings, no news yet.

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