A New iPhone, A New iOS, Does it Live Up to the Hype?

Apple has done it again. They’ve put out a new phone with a new operating system. We’re faced with the iPhone 5 and iOS6.

Though the iPhone has gone through a few upgrades, it’s hard to see if it’s worth the upgrade yet. The screen is a bit larger, now a full four inches, fitting one more row of icons to the screen. This means apps designed for the old display size need to be resized or there will be a black bar on top and bottom. The phone now works on the LTE network, which means the speed should be much faster (if you live in an area that offers this and luckily KC is one of those areas), and the phone is the thinnest iPhone yet at 7.6mm and 112g in weight. It also has an upgraded camera and processor with an A6 chip designed to work with the OS more efficiently. That means 8 hours LTE browsing time, 8 hours talk time, and 10 hours video playback time.

So there’s the phone upgrades, now on to the new iOS6.

You will see a few updates while roaming about this software update too. The first is the bar at the top is now a different shade a blue. Siri has updates making her more useful. Safari now has cloud-browsing making your mobile pages and iMac/iPad pages synched. In addition, you can create a group of VIPs for your mailbox and whenever they email you, they will be in a different section. Google maps are no more, replaced with Apple’s own – which has created quite a stir. People have already found that they are lower-quality images and not very accurate. Lastly, there is this new thing called Passbook. The hype built around Passbook was great. Companies that use reward cards can make it so you don’t need those cards; all you need is your phone. Whenever it senses you’re around that store, that card will be loaded making your transaction quick and easy; however, at the moment only a handful of places are actually taking advantage of this feature and there is no other way to add your own. Once more companies get on-board, this app will be a great addition.

Technology is give and take when it comes to upgrades. What are your thoughts on the new iPhone5 and iOS6?