How They Work:iPhone 5: Apple can do better

WITH new product releases, there is lots of information that someone needs to know before making a choice as to owning one or not!  Another issue is the fact Apple isn’t able to work out how to do live icons effectively.

WITH new product releases, there is lots of information that someone needs to know before making a choice as to owning one or not!  Another issue is the fact Apple isn’t able to work out how to do live icons effectively.

While some show new information, such as the Calendar, the likes of Weather still say the same 23 degrees with a sunny outlook. Live Icons give you up-to-date thumbnail previews of each file. When you look at a document’s Live Icon, you see what the document actually looks like rather than seeing an icon of the program that created it. You can also look at the contents of files before opening them by using the Explorer preview pane.

We know you can do better than this, Apple, and when you look at the awesome Live Tiles on offer from Windows Phone, it seems to suggest that the Cupertino firm thinks users wouldn’t appreciate the chance to take a glance at the screen and know who that missed call was from, see what the temperature is outside or simply attach a contact as an icon for quick access. It’s also extremely frustrating to not at least have the option to have the icons auto-arrange still. When you delete an app all the others don’t automatically line up to fill the space, which hurts the OCD nature in many of us. We get that Apple knows some people want to keep icons in familiar places, but the auto-arrange option should have been there too!

Let us look at the hardware here: the A6 chip on offer in the iPhone 5 may only be dual core, but it’s certainly ridiculously snappy. It’s meant to be much faster than the A5 chip powering the iPhone 4S – and in practice it really is – we are told that its clock speed is 1.05GHz on each core, which is over twice as fast as the iPhone 4S – impressive given they’re both dual core phones. And that’s the beauty of Apple’s iPhone strategy and one that pays dividends for users: it doesn’t play the numbers game, as it will only end in criticism. Sure, a quad core CPU would have been a good marketing tool, but at the expense of battery life and design Apple believes that consumers will get an equally great experience with just the two cores.

iPhone was happy to keep chugging along with no problems. There was one issue that may be encountered during an iCloud backup to bring all the apps and settings from the previous phone, and that may be during the repopulation some apps wouldn’t delete, and would sit there installing forever until the phone was forced into a restart. This may be irritating as it stopps other apps from downloading at the same time, meaning we may have to keep turning the blasted thing on and off again just to actually get all the apps we want on it. There are those that have criticised the ‘multi-tasking’ window in the iOS system, stating that it’s not true multi-tasking – which is true.

 

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