#iphone 5s

Farhad Manjoo:

Samsung’s problems, meanwhile, will be more difficult to address, as you can tell by spending some time with the S5. One of its major new features is a fingerprint-sensor meant to let you unlock your phone without typing a passcode, a feature Apple introduced on the iPhone 5S last year. I don’t fault Samsung for copying Apple’s fingerprint idea, just as I won’t fault Apple for copying Samsung when it makes a bigger phone. Fingerprint unlocking is a good idea, and more phones should have it.

But I do fault Samsung for the slipshod manner in which it introduced fingerprint scanning. I’ve been using the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor for the last six months, and it has worked about nine times out of 10 for me. The Galaxy S5’s finger sensor is unusable. It has failed to recognize my finger just about every time I have tried it. It has been so terrible that the sensor feels more like a marketing gimmick than a legitimate feature. 

I’ll just reiterate: I understand why Samsung felt like they needed to include this feature in their new phone. But why on Earth would they let such an inferior product actually ship? In what way does it benefit them to have something so broken on the market? in fact, it must hurt them. Right?

We don’t take so long and make the way we make for fiscal reasons. Quite the reverse. The body is made from a single piece of machined aluminium. The whole thing is polished first to a mirror finish and then is very finely textured, except for the Apple logo. The chamfers are cut with diamond-tipped cutters. The cutters don’t usually last very long, so we had to figure out a way of mass-manufacturing long-lasting ones. The camera cover is sapphire crystal. Look at the details around the sim-card slot. It’s extraordinary!
Jony Ive, describing his iPhone to John Arlidge.

Jean-Louis Gassée:

Picture two iPhone users. One has a spanking new iPhone 5S, the other has an iPhone 5 that he bought last year. What do you see? Two smartphone users of equally discerning taste who, at different times, bought the top-of-the-line product. The iPhone 5 user isn’t déclassé, he’s just waiting for the upgrade window to open.

Now, replace the iPhone 5 with an iPhone 5C. We see two iPhones bought at the same time… but the 5C owner went for the cheaper, plastic model.

We might not like to hear psychologists say we build parts of our identity with objects we surround ourselves with, but they’re largely right. From cars, to Burberry garments and accessories, to smartphones, the objects we choose mean something about who we are — or who we want to appear to be.

This is a subtle point, but I believe it’s exactly right. With the iPhone 5c, what you ended up having was a (very) visual clue to others that you went out of your way to buy a cheaper iPhone. Right or wrong, that’s likely the first message being conveyed.

Previously, if you bought the $99 iPhone (or the $0 two-year-old variety), all that was conveyed was that you may have just had the old top-of-the-line version and were waiting to upgrade.

Apple’s position as a premium brand cuts both ways. And that’s too bad because the iPhone 5c really is a great iPhone.

Craig Mod:

After two and a half years, the GF1 was replaced by the slightly improved Panasonic GX1, which I brought on the six-day Kumano Kodo hike in October. During the trip, I alternated between shooting with it and an iPhone 5. After importing the results into Lightroom, Adobe’s photo-development software, it was difficult to distinguish the GX1’s photos from the iPhone 5’s. (That’s not even the latest iPhone; Austin Mann’s superlative results make it clear that the iPhone 5S operates on an even higher level.) Of course, zooming in and poking around the photos revealed differences: the iPhone 5 doesn’t capture as much highlight detail as the GX1, or handle low light as well, or withstand intense editing, such as drastic changes in exposure. But it seems clear that in a couple of years, with an iPhone 6S in our pockets, it will be nearly impossible to justify taking a dedicated camera on trips like the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage.

I know a lot of people hate this reality. But it is going to be a reality.

unsubtlewoods asked:

Have you tried the Nexus 5? As someone who has moved from Android to iPhone I am starting to get that 'itch'. Would going from a iPhone 5s to the Nexus 5 be a total shit storm?

I just got one a couple weeks back. Still testing out (iPhone 5s is still my primary, obviously). It seems very fast. The screen is beautiful. The camera leaves a lot to be desired, but apparently they’re trying to fix that through software. We’ll see.

Short answer: if you care about photography, you probably won’t want to switch back. Or if you use Verizon (which I do), you can’t. Otherwise, seems like a great device — best Android device I’ve used yet, though I haven’t had too much time with the Moto X.

Anonymous asked:

Isn't it a little disingenuous to combine the 5S and 5C sales into the opening weekend sales figures? The 5C is just a replacement for the 5, basically the same thing but with a cheaper plastic body. Wouldn't the fair comparison then be to add the 4S to last years iPhone 5 launch figures, and the 4 to the 4S launch figures? Or alternatively, to focus only on the new top end 5S? Only seems fair, and would be a more honest picture.

I think that’s fair to some degree. Sadly, we don’t have either the 4S or the 5s sales broken out for those years. So we can only guess based on estimates. (Which I’m sure plenty of folks are working on right now.) 

The real question is if the iPhone 5c cannibalized any of the 5s sales? I have to believe that the 5c sales are far higher than the 4S sales were last year at the launch of the iPhone 5. It is, after all, a new product versus a year-old one — regardless of the simplistic thought of it being “basically the same thing but with a cheaper plastic body”.

Point being, whereas a lot of people are wondering if the comparison is unfair because it’s two new products instead of one new one, I wonder if that new lower-priced product is eating into the sales of the higher-priced one far more than it did last year. 

End of the day, the bottom line is that Apple sold a shit ton of phones over the weekend.