We picked up an iPhone 5 on the launch day to enjoy the new features first hand, always makes better reporting, although one thing we noticed this year is the lack of exclusive iPhone 5 features within iOS 6. Last years 4S model might have been less of an upgrade when compared to the new iPhone 5, but it did feature a few exclusive features with Siri being the most notable.
New iPhone 5 features focus on design and hardware – this year it seems that the aging iPhone design had been the target of Apple’s revamp, and in our opinion they did a good job at creating something that doesn’t stray too far from the norm, although brings some much needed improvements. The iPhone 5 features a design that feels much lighter, which is noticed a lot during long phone calls, and gets thinner where needed while growing slightly longer.
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We’ve been hands-on for a few days now and noticed how much cooler the device runs, the 4/4S could really heat up while watching movies and using GPS, although the iPhone 5 had been pretty cool after using GPS turn-by-turn for more than 2 hours.
Did the iPhone 5 really need exclusive iOS 6 features? Considering the improved hardware and design refresh had been the purpose of this upgrade, did we really need some well-publicized iOS 6 exclusive features to help sell the new hardware? It seems that Apple don’t think so, or if they did you would clearly see these features promoted on their official website.
Apple explains a few features that only work on certain devices, but these support a number of newer iOS devices. Turn-by-turn navigation is one such feature, although this is supported by the iPad 2/3 and the iPhone 4S/5. Siri works on the iPod touch 5G, iPad 3, and the last two iPhone generations. FaceTime over 3G works on the same devices, although not on the new iPod touch, which is a shame considering a lot of users wanted a 3G/LTE data option for the iPod touch 5G.
Another cool iOS 6 feature is Panorama for the camera that allows you to take some amazing photos, but this is one of the iOS 6 features that again works on the new iPod, and both iPhone 5 and 4S.
Have you noticed any exclusive iPhone 5 features thanks to the new software? We’ll update you if we find out some key selling points that are exclusive iOS 6 features, although considering Apple are not heavily promoting any it’s more than likely they’ll be minor perks. We do expect the LTE and 4-inch Retina display to bring some exclusive improvements via iOS 6 in the coming weeks, although these will mostly come via 3rd party apps.