Apple recently announced that the iPhone 5s will be going on sale on September 20, 2013. As a converted Apple user of a long-time PC and BlackBerry user, I’ve found every release of the new iPhone something of magic mixed with marketing hype. As a current iPhone 5 user, I’ve compiled 5 reasons I will not be switching to the iPhone 5s on September 20th.
The A7 chip is remarkable in a phone, but is it needed?
The new A7 chip in the iPhone 5s is touted as being as twice as fast as the prior A6 chip and has the power of a desktop of recent years past in a small handheld device. There is no doubt in my mind that the A7 chip is an incredible piece of hardware that will lead developers scrambling to create apps worthy of the power. However, barring a few ground braking apps, I highly doubt that A6 chip users will be missing much. The A6 is currently found in the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c is very quick, and I haven’t seen any issues while using my current iPhone 5. For diehard iPhone gamers, the A7 chip may be the key to the latest apps, but for casual users it just isn’t more than marketing hype.
The new iOS is more anticipated than the iPhone 5s
Apple is marketing the iPhone 5s as being designed around iOS 7. The new iOS 7 looks visually appealing and adds many useful features, such as control center, that we were missing on the prior iOS 6. However, the new iOS works on older models several years old. The new iOS will give your phone a complete makeover that doesn’t require a new and expensive iPhone. Most of the new advancements can be taken advantage us with the new iOS 7 on an iPhone 5 without the need of an upgrade.
One of the major upgrades to the new iPhone is the fingerprint scanner. This cool techy feature allows you to access your phone, purchase apps, or access apps with passwords with the touch of your finger, but isn’t something many of us have been begging for. The fingerprint scanner also allows you to share access with close friends or family. This is an interesting and cool feature, but my laptop has had a finger print scanner for over 5-years and I’ve never actually used the feature. I’ve never found typing in a password was that much of a hassle. The security may be a bit stronger with the fingerprint scanner, but I’ve never had issues with someone getting into my iPhone without permission.
Color choices are unremarkable
What is the first thing you do when you get a new smartphone? You buy a protective case and screen protector and you protect your expensive new piece of technology. Who cares if the phone is offered in silver, gray or gold since you will be hiding the phone in a case anyway? The new colors look good and I can concede that they generate a sense of style and sophistication that the Android market is currently lacking. However, unless you plan on keeping your phone out of its case, there are no need for more colors.
Not enough new features
If you plan on upgrading your iPhone 4 (s), or even from Android, the new iPhone 5s may be a good choice. If you are looking for the cheaper alternative, you can always pick up the cheaper iPhone 5c, which is essentially a colorful and cheaper version of the current iPhone 5. The advertised features above feel more like marketing hype than something many of us absolutely need. I was very impressed with the new features of the iOS 7, but have a hard time spending another $200 and getting in a two-year contract for a fingerprint scanner, faster processor that is ahead of its time and shiny new colors.