An iPhone 5 upgrade worth buying into

By Daniel Chubb - Mar 23, 2012

After spending some time with the new iPad 3 we wonder what could be classed as an iPhone 5 upgrade, which is worth buying? We explained in our first impressions with the new iPad that apps taking advantage of increased graphics power paired with a Retina display could be enough, especially for the 3rd-Gen iPad but you’d need much more with an iPhone 5 release.

The Retina display on the new iPad makes a world of difference thanks to a much bigger screen, when compared to the iPhone, and this is backed by quad core graphics and as seen here in our earlier review the graphics are a major step-up. When it comes to the new 6th generation iPhone Apple cannot get away with a minor update like they did with the iPhone 4S, especially when it comes to the design of the device.

What constitutes a worthy upgrade for the next iPhone? It might not come at WWDC 2012, but you can certainly expect a real “iPhone 5” this year, although what could be classed as a worthy upgrade will be different for each of us. You can expect LTE thanks to the iPad 3 getting this feature, although this news is not a big deal for the UK considering availability and how long it would take to cover most of the UK once it releases.

Give us massive improvements in battery life and screen size – two features that would sell an iPhone 5 to us would be extremely improved battery life, and of course a bigger screen size. The key point with the screen size is to get the balance right by not creating a big phone like some Android devices are, so this can be done by increasing the form factor slightly and having an edge-to-edge display.

If you own an iPhone 4 or 4S model, what do you consider an iPhone 5 upgrade worth buying into? By improving the quality of graphics and display the iPad 3 changed in a big way, but the same can happen with a new iPhone if the screen was increased in size smartly with enhanced graphics. Is this enough for you, and how would you like the design to change?

In Summary: Apple need to make big changes if they want 4S owners to upgrade, and you only need to look at the photo above this article that we took holding the iPhone 4S with an Apple bumper on, which shows a lot of wasted space that could be filled with an edge-to-edge display and helps keep form factor small for the pocket. Recent screen rumors can be read here in an earlier article.

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