Apple iPhone 5 vs. Apple iPhone 4S: What's the difference?

We compare Apple's latest iPhone 5 with the iPhone 4S

Apple's hotly anticipated iPhone 5 is here. It features a thinner and lighter design, a larger "retina" display and comes with 4G LTE connectivity that will support the Telstra, Optus and Virgin Mobile 4G networks in Australia. How much better is it than the iPhone 4S? Let's compare!

Read our comprehensive preview of the iPhone 5 here

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 4S

Verdict

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Screen size
4in
3.5in
iPhone 5
Display resolution
1136x640
640x960
iPhone 5
Display technology
LED backlit IPS
LED backlit IPS
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Pixel density
326ppi
326ppi
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Front camera
HD 720p
VGA
iPhone 5
Rear camera
8-megapixels, single LED flash
8-megapixels, single LED flash
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Camera features
Autofocus, tap to focus, face detection, panorama
Autofocus, tap to focus, face detection
iPhone 5
Video recording
1080p HD @ 30fps
1080p HD @ 30fps
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Internal memory
16GB/32GB/64GB
16GB/32GB/64GB
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Expandable memory
No
No
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Thickness
7.6mm
9.3mm
iPhone 5
Weight
112g
140g
iPhone 5
RAM
Unknown
512MB
Unknown
Processor
Apple A6
Apple A5X dual-core (1GHz)
iPhone 5
Australian 3G networks
HSDPA 850/900/2100
HSDPA 850/900/2100
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Australian 4G networks
1800MHz (Telstra, Optus)
None
iPhone 5
Wi-Fi
802.11a/b/g/n
802.11b/g/n
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Bluetooth
4.0 with A2DP
4.0 with A2DP
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HDMI-out
No (Yes, with optional digital AV adapter)
No (Yes, with optional digital AV adapter)
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Quoted battery life
Up to 8 hours
Up to 8 hours
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Dock connector
Lightning 8-pin
Original 30-pin
iPhone 5
SIM card
Nano-SIM
Micro-SIM
iPhone 4S

What do you think about the iPhone 5? Has Apple given you enough reasons to update from an iPhone 4S? Let us know in the comments below!

Apple iPhone 5 preview
Apple's iPhone 5 is 4G for Australia, too
Apple's iPhone 5 'Lightning' adapters will retail for $35 and $45, not available until October
Apple iPhone 5 Australian buying guide

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World

11 Comments

James

1

No huge upgrades aside from 4G...Galaxy Note 2 here I come!!

Gee

2

Yay iphone now has an extra row of icons. Clap clap

Paul

3

There is much more than another row of icons, More Apple hate, so predictable.

Aaron

4

Can you do a comparo with the HTC Velocity?

rs

5

nothing special....rubbish

Fred Schebesta

6

If you compare it to the Samsung Galaxy S3 its also quite interesting to see the size, weight and width differences.. http://www.mobilephonefinder.com.au/apple/iphone/iphone-5/#infographics-content-table

Merv

7

Only the die hard Appleations' and fashionistas' will be desperate to upgrade their 4S', and 4s'. I think the 5 will be more likely to secure those still on the 3S, offering them an upgrade with useful benefits and securing them rather than losing them to Samsung. It will be interesting to watch whether or not Samsungites', Blackberrians and others will be attracted.

Alan

9

In your chart you give the lightning 8 pin the nod over the 30 pin plug. Surely this should have been a win for the 4S. I don't have to buy a $30 plus plug in order to use my many accessories. This planned obsolescence will have some iphone owners looking elsewhere for our next phone.

Kam

10

"This planned obsolescence will have some iphone owners looking elsewhere for our next phone."

^^ Yes, and having to STILL put up with a different dock connector (rolls eyes)...so I dont see your logic here. Get over it. Cant stick with the same connector forever.

Dom

11

In a nutshell, there really is no compelling reason to 'upgrade' from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 5 for the cost of A$800 - $1000 outright. iOS 6 has given us 4S users Panorama, which from most other reports I have read, is the main camera improvement. I've now played with a few friends' new iPhone 5s now for a couple of weeks (indeed I just spent 2 hours helping a friend set up her new i5 from scratch, transferring over from a Blackberry - yes yes, I know, a Blackberry.......), and I must say that, apart from the quicker speed, longer screen, and lighter weight, other changes are not what I would consider deal breakers. Upgrading from an iPhone 4 and below though, now that would be much more compelling, as they can't get Panorama and Siri, amongst other things. So I will be hanging onto my 4S until at least the next iPhone (?5S ?6), barring any major catastrophes.

And one more thing. I think it's extremely rude of Apple not to at least supply one 30 pin-to-lightning adaptor with the i5, given the amount of 30 pin accessories already out there. Allowing for a car charger, a speaker/ dock and at least one extra power charger for the office / workspace, having to fork out in access of A$100 for 3 lightning adaptors there is really a bit rich - and most of us are not. This has nothing to do with planned obsolescence. Particularly since it would appear that data speeds with lightning are no faster or more stable than with the 'old' 30 pin connector.

Thanks for reading.

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