The iPhone can represent something very different. It is an unparalleled creation in its look and feel that people can’t resist it as it beckons them towards the Apple store. It is also a technological achievement that captured a nation- the first real sign the world was being ushered into a new machine age. The fact that people can touch a screen to make a call or a text was considered to be an incredibly fast paced advancement from the basic cell phone. Such a jump forward was seen back in 2007 when the first iPhone was announced. So many were intrigued by this incredible invention that 6.1 million units were sold, but that’s all in the past now. A 5th generation iPhone was released last month, with people waiting in the wings to get their hands on it. With all new features and a bigger screen, Apple calls this “the biggest [thing] to happen to iPhone since iPhone.”
Compared to the fourth generation iPhone, the fifth has new cutting-edge features. At first glance, the new phone has a bigger screen, one that’s actually a half-inch bigger than its 4G counterpart. The new and noteworthy software for the iPhone 5 is the iOS 6, which Hills West junior Jordan Camina explained, “[The software] runs identically on both the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. This iOS 6 software includes features such as the panorama camera and the turn-by-turn navigation system.” Camina also commented, “[If you have the iPhone 5]…and Verizon it is slightly different because they have coverage on the south shore, but nowhere on the north shore.” Like Jordan, many have been criticizing the new iPhone 5, saying that the new maps system is unfinished, and that the new lightning connector (the new way to connect to the computer) is pawned off as an accessory rather than an upgrade. As seen through these positives and negatives, the iPhone 5 certainly shows a legitimate change from the iPhone 4.
Looking back on that fateful day in 2007, one thinks about the framework that created the iPhone 5, or the starting point. The original iPhone brought upon new technological innovations that are still being pondered by rival companies. With the release of the new iPhone 5, Apple is sending a message to its customers that they will continue to one up their previous machines.