iPhone 5 release rejuvenates the obsession


The new iPhone 5 caused a lot of hype last week. Lines wrapped around the Best Buy on Apalachee Parkway, as people picked up their pre-ordered iPhones.

A larger screen, an upgraded camera and LTE 4G networking were some of the new features Apple presented. Everyone from spoiled 7th graders to tech-savvy grandparents waited to get their hands on the iPhone 5.

Apple claims that the new phone is “the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since the iPhone.” A height of 4.87 inches and width of .30 inches makes it the thinnest and longest iPhone to date. Apple also introduced the new lightning connector, used to charge the phone and transfer data between the device and  computers.

“The iPhone 5 is the iPhone we’ve wanted since 2010,” said Scott Stein, senior editor at CNET.com. “This is the iPhone, rebooted.”

 But is the iPhone 5 worth the hype?

I think not.

Apple’s recent iOS6 update gave the iPhone 4S almost the exact same capabilities as the iPhone 5. The smaller connector, though allowing a faster charge and download, has rendered current accessories unusable without an adapter. In light of this, some companies have left their customers in the dark. 

For instance, the Verizon iPhone 5 allows for simultaneous data and voice when connected to a wi-fi network, but not on Verizon’s 3G or LTE bands. 

For those with iPhones in Tallahassee, some companies still have no LTE towers. This leaves the iPhone 5 with the same processing speeds of older models.

For those who purchased the iPhone 5, enjoy having the latest piece of Apple technology and design.

I feel as though it’s ok to wait on purchasing the it. Let Apple work out all the kinks and release an iPhone 5s.