However, has it been humanly enhanced for its owners? With the intelligent assistant that would be“Siri”, your wish is its command. Siri recognises your voice and lets it control the phone, enabling the iPhone to be used not only hands-free but eyes-free too. It replies on a first-name basis and acts as a friend that will always be there to help you out! Yet how many people do you see walking around instructing their phone to call friends or family? Having a relaxed conversation with Siri, their new best friend? Is this not just a smart feature which at first we find mind-blowing but then realise is a completely useless mechanism which is not only embarrassing to use but an inaccurate source of information, contrary to Apple’s publicity.
Still, you’re going to be shocked at how light this phone is. It’s 18% thinner, 20% lighter with exactly 12% less volume. The iPhone 5 is the lightest iPhone, even though it's longer with a larger screen. The screen size lengthening is subtle, but, like the Retina display, you're going to have a hard time going back once you've used it: give yourself a couple of days with it and the iPhone 4S will feel as dense as lead. Unfortunately this does mean that it takes as little as a tap on a hard surface for the new impressive screen to shatter in front of your eyes. Without a well designed case that covers all corners of the iPhone, this new framework is as delicate as a piece of glass – not ideal for clumsier owners like myself!
As impressive as the new thin, metal and light-as-heck model of the iPhone 5 is, it is questionable whether the phone is easier to handle than the bulkier iPhone 4 series which fitted perfectly into the palm of our hands. With the iPhone 5 being more prone to damage I personally don’t feel safe using the 5 without a case on. With the phone pricing from £529 I wouldn’t want to risk it slipping out of my hand from careless handling and then paying extra for a new screen... However with the previous iPhones, the framework was much smaller enabling us to control the phone much more easily with a safer, firmer grip.
We are led to believe by prominent advertising campaigns that new features such as Siri belong only to the iPhone 5; however, this isn’t the case. All of the 200 new software features that are meant to “make our day better” are part of the “world’s most advanced mobile operating system”- iOS 6. This is already installed onto our new iPhone 5, but i takes at the most 10 minutes to install the new software onto our old iPhone 4S and we have the operating features of the iPhone 5 at our fingertips.