Now that the initial buzz over the new iPhone, launched yesterday on September 12, is dying down, I thought I’d take the time to gather my own thoughts on the new device.
Firstly, it looks as though all the leaks were correct. The phone looks, essentially, like a taller version of the iPhone 4/4S. The iPod compatible port we’ve come to know and love has been replaced by a shiny new interface dubbed ‘Lightning’. I love that Apple have interfaces called Thunderbolt and Lightning (very, very frightening) because I am a Queen fan.
There’s been a lot of moaning and whinging about this new port, because it’s smaller and people’s peripherals / alarm clocks / chargers will no longer work unless they shell out for the pricey adapter, and even then they may not fit properly. To this, I say tough luck. Mobile phones through the years have routinely required new power adapters, so why is this any different. It’s faster and better so I’m all for it.
Apart from that though, I must confess to finding the new phone to be a little underwhelming. Sure, it’s bigger (so it won’t fit in my pocket as comfortably) and it’s faster, with specs ramped up to the max, but it still looks the same. Where is the innovation that Apple is renowned for? I don’t know… I just wanted them to Think Different, I guess.
When it’s turned on, it displays an extra row of icons. Wow. Now, the interface has always been great – really easy to use, but I can’t help but wish it looked a bit different, a bit more customisable maybe. Rather than something innovative it seems like they are now playing catch up with Samsung.
I have no doubt that it will be a fantastic phone to use, but I just wish that it had been something new, rather than what looks essentially like an upgrade to the same phone, again.