IPhone 5 Release Date 2012: Is It Worth Buying Instead Of The 4S?
By Lisa Eadicicco | March 14, 2012 6:26 AM EST
Now that Apple's new iPad has been unveiled, tech fans have shifted their focus towards the company's next mysterious release: the iPhone 5. Rumors regarding concept designs and features for the next smartphone have already begun to circulate, but there may be one bigger question for users: Should I buy the iPhone 5 or the 4S?
This question may be particularly important for 4S owners with Verizon service contracts. Since Apple's current smartphone was released this past October, if the next edition comes out within a year owners may not be eligible for an upgrade. This means that they have no choice but to purchase the phone at full price with no rebate.
Regardless of contract issues, Apple devices aren't cheap. The iPhone 4S offers an array of features, from the artificial intelligence software Siri to HD video. What groundbreaking characteristic could Apple possibly use to entice audiences with its next smartphone?
There have been speculations about what the gadget will offer based on previous releases and what has been enabled on the new iPad. Some rumors include a wireless charging feature and a gorilla glass interface.
But is that enough to convince users to drop a few hundred bucks?
"Based on what I've seen from the new iPad, I don't expect the iPhone 5 to be a revolutionary product," wrote CNet's Marguerite Reardon.
Reardon continued to write that Apple is expected to reveal some dazzling additions, but it may not be worth ditching the previous model.
"But I don't think the changes will be so drastic that people who buy an iPhone 4S now because they need a new phone will be kicking themselves over their purchase," she said in her advice column.
The most basic iPhone with 16 GB of memory costs $199, and the most expensive 64 GB model is sold for $399. The iPhone 5 will probably be priced at the same rate. First weekend sales for the iPhone 4S amounted to more than 4 million.
It is unclear whether or not the next generation smartphone will yield the same results, but users may benefit from purchasing a reduced-price iPhone 4S than a brand new iPhone 5.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Taylor Swift Named Forbes' Second Highest Paid Country Musician [PHOTOS]
- Forever Lost: Indescribable Anguish for Malaysia Airlines MH17 Families, Remains of Some Victims May Never Be Found (PHOTOS)
- Global Aviation Accidents: UN to Form Safety Task Force, Gov'ts Should Share Intelligence Info to Avert Future Incidents on Flying Over Warzones (PHOTOS)
- PageSix: Beyonce & Jay Z Union is Not About Love, All About Business & the Brand
Join the Conversation
- Japanese Whalers End Pacific Hunt with 115 Whales Dead and No Disruption from Sea Shepherd
- 'Watch the MH17 Plane Missile Hit Video Tape in Mobile' Goes Viral on Facebook
- Viral Video Cyring Sadie: 5-Year-Old Little Girl Does Not Want Her Baby Brother to Grow Up [WATCH VIDEO]
- Australia Ranks High in Human Development Index But Scores Low in Climate Change
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Alpha Leaks Online: Release Date, Five Features to Wait for New Smart Phone
- Photos of Motorola Moto X+1 Prototype and Specs Leak Online, Release Date, Four Fresh Features Revealed
- Sony Xperia Z3: Release Date, Five Features to Expect from New Android Smart Phone
- 5 Food Scandals That Shocked The World
- Top Surprising Features Of iOS 8
- Top 4 Reasons Why iPhone 6 Will Hit Big Soon After its Sept 2014 Release Date
- Iran Leader Asks Muslims to Supply Arms to Palestine, Calls Israel ‘Rapacious Wolf’