Millions have been flocking to Apple stores since mid-September in search of the iPhone 5. So how does the iPhone 5 compare with former iPhone models and other brands on the market? Here are the Top Ten Biggest Mistakes Apple made with the iPhone 5.
The new mapping feature has likely been the most vocal complaint about the new iPhone thus far. Eschewing Google Maps, Apple decided to use their new mapping software which offers turn by turn navigation, which would be a nice bonus if it actually brought you to the right place. The accuracy has been seriously under par and will likely need many fixes to the software; hopefully those can all be done with upgrades and not have to rely on hardware fixes.
New Docking Connections
One of the first things you’ll notice on the new iPhone (after the larger screen) is the docking connection it uses. The iPhone 5 sports a smaller plug with absolutely no beneficial features—merely more money you’re going to have to spend replacing all your old connections. The iPhone 5 would seriously benefit from a micro-usb plug, but the universality of it would compromise accessory sales.
Which brings us to Apple’s next mistake. Changing up the docking port on the phone means people are going to need to buy these products in order to use them effectively. This means new chargers, adapters, blue tooth devices (as many ones that worked with older models won’t sync with the new iPhone). The problem is that these new products are both expensive and largely unavailable. Apple should have anticipated this and amended the unavailability factor.
No wireless charging
Many other smart phone brands on the market these days offer wireless charging for the phone. This is probably one of the most well received phone advances in recent years (outside of Siri). Of course, with the new docking quagmire, Apple isn’t going to give up on that revenue by allowing users to bypass the new technological requirement; both of which combined are going to drive users to other phones.
Unlike every other iPhone that’s been released, the iPhone 5 has no new novel feature to it. There’s no “Siri”-like exciting innovation offered in this model. Other than the screen, the only exciting changes in the iPhone 5 are contained in iOS6.
iPhones are always going to be expensive. But the price they’re charging for the 5, in addition to all of the accessories you’ll need to replace, make this a much more expensive purchase; especially when the 4S is still a fantastic model and the 5S is likely due next year.
The manufacturing conditions at Foxconn’s factory in China are abysmal. Workers as young as 14 have been found working there. Suicide is an occupational hazard. School children have been forced into labor, unpaid.
App Store & iTunes store
The user-friendliness of the App store and the iTunes store in iOS6 has taken a dive. It’s clunky and awkward and hard to navigate. As one of their main platforms, Apple should have taken care of this first.
iPhone 5 users are not able to make payments with NFCs as they’d been able to do with the 4, 4S and other phones like the Droid or Galaxy. Payments can only be made through Apple’s Passbook, a confusing application likely to cause headaches and trouble.
A bug in the iPhone 5 resulted in phones draining data even when connected to a WiFi network. The bug resulted in users going way over on their data limits and having to pay massive overage fees on their bills.
The iPhone 5 clearly has some issues to sort out; hopefully Apple will use its launch as a learning experience.
About the author: John Dayton’s career has been a lengthy one, covering the tech industry with poignant articles and spot-on advice. When he’s not writing you can find John reviewing electrical failure companies such as LWG Consulting.