Comparison: iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S

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On Wednesday morning, millions tuned in to either read or watch live commentary from the Apple conference, where they proudly announced the new iPhone 5. This iPhone was the first to increase the screen size from 3.5 to 4 inches (possibly down to the pressure Apple were receiving from its Android rivals all of which have increased screen sizes).

If you compare the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 4S (take a look at the image below), the iPhone 5 is also a lot lighter than its predecessors. In fact, it is now so light it now holds the title of being the world’s thinnest Smartphone weighing in at an incredible 122g (compared to the iPhone 4S weighing 140g).

Comparison: iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S


Firstly, we will begin with the software comparison of the two phones. The new iPhone 5 runs on Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system, which has more than 200 new features to it, whilst the iPhone 4S runs on iOS 5.

The new features include Passbook, allowing you to collect all of your tickets in one place (such as tickets, boarding passes, cinema tickets, football tickets and so on), the iPhone 5 will also automatically display the ticket on your screen ready for use when you are near that event.

Some other improvements are to Siri which as we all know, had some flaws on the iPhone 4S and had trouble understanding some accents.


The new A6 chip was a much talked about keynote at Apple’s conference, having been upgraded from the A5 chip found in the iPhone 4S. So what does this mean?

It just means that the iPhone 5, together with its improved graphics will be faster and more responsive than the iPhone 4S.


Unfortunately there was no expandable memory slot for the iPhone 5, which some fans thought would be a major point to the new iPhone (as Android systems have already implemented this feature). However with the improved integration between iOS 6 and the iCloud this gives you an extra feature to utlize.


The camera in the iPhone is 8MP, the same as the iPhone 4S.

In the conference on Wednesday Apple announced that the iPhone 5 would have a hybrid LR filter, a five-element sapphire crystal lens, and a fast f/2.4 aperture. The camera will also work a lot better than its predecessors in low level lighting and will take photos at a faster rate, 40% faster in fact.

Overall the iPhone 5 does have some pretty nifty features when you compare it to the iPhone 4S. Would you trade in your iPhone 4S for this phone?

Here is a comparison table of specs for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4:

Comparison: iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S