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Geeks Union | December 16, 2017

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iPhone 5 – Thinness

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We all like our digital devices to be thin, lightweight, and easy to handle. In fact, we have been conditioned to believe that a thinner product is actually an indicator of progress. We tend to assume that since a product is thinner, the company has obviously made advances in technology that allowed them to bring us cutting edge technology using more compact hardware. This assumption is not always the case. In many instances, it really is the age old struggle of form versus function. As the playing field for customer loyalty in the electronics market continues to heat up, we see form and aesthetics triumphing over function. The new iPhone 5 seems to be no exception.

If we could put a price on thin, it would currently come in right around $700 (or $199 with contract). That is the average price of the iPhone 5. Though it is the thinnest iPhone to date, there are glaring sacrifices that had to be made in order for this dream to become a reality. The iPhone 5 possess a huge number of positive advances to rave about. That is a given. Customers thus far have thoroughly enjoyed the larger screen, the 4G wireless broadband, and the eight hour battery life. But there are small difficulties and seemingly non-sensible changes that have been made to the phone purely on the basis of design concerns.

While the touch screen showed considerable advancement, the actual size was only increased in one dimension. The screen is now taller, but it is no wider. There are definite implications for Apps that were not designed to meet this format. Older Apps now have the appearance of taking place in a letterbox frame. Readers will also find this change to be a somewhat difficult adjustment when it comes to reading digital media and e-books on their phone in the upright position. The lack of traditional dimensions can make the text appear stunted and somewhat uncomfortable.

When it comes to the raw specs, the new iPhone is .3 inches thick. This is a .7 inch reduction from the previous model. The number one complaint that we see associated with the change in scale is compatibility. The new scale calls for a new charger. Hence, the “lightening charger” renders all old chargers obsolete. But the implications go beyond this little hang-up. All audio docks and accessories are also rendered incompatible. This change can be viewed a major slap in the face to consumers. While Apple does offer converters for the new port, it is sold separately. It is not cheap, coming in at just under thirty dollars. The change might have been viewed as one of the costs of progress had the mini-USB format been the standard size used by all electronics. But since Apple choose to use a pin system unique to their company, it rather seems like a blatant ploy to gain more revenue.