Does the iUpgrade Matter?

By: Marcellis Lewis

It’s the question iPhone users are forced to ask themselves whenever a new version of the device is released: “Should I just wait it out?”

Nearly a year after its predecessor was released, the iPhone 5s was revealed to Apple users and non-Apple users alike.

“IPhone 5s is purposefully imagined,” Apple’s website boasts. “Meticulously considered. Precision crafted. It’s not just a product of what’s technologically possible. But what’s technologically useful. It’s not just what’s next. But what should be next.”

Fingerprint identity sensor, 64-bit support, M7 coprocessor and the colorful iOS 7 are just a few of the new features that the iPhone 5s includes. With such tech-savvy and modern upgrades made, people are having a hard time deciding whether to keep their current phones or switch to the much-hyped 5s.

Tech sites and critics have weighed in for what could potentially help those on the fence make their decision.

“With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available,” Darrel Etherington of TechCrunch claimed.

According to Etherington, the new iPhone makes upgrades in the areas that matter most to users, like the improved camera.

Gimmick-like features seem to be added to most phones today, and they hardly seem to work as well as advertised.

“The magic of the iPhone 5s is in how usable its improvements are,” said Vincent Nguyen of SlashGear. “The updated camera is both fast and capable, with the True Tone flash proving itself to be no gimmick.”

However, everything that glitters is not always gold. Apple failed to include certain features that many consumers had hoped for.

The iPhone 5s lacks a significant battery-life improvement, and according to Scott Stein of CNET, “Its features don’t feel as immediately consumer-understandable. For many, the iPhone 5c will do just fine.”

5s vs. 5c

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Is the new model different enough from the last one?

The short answer: it doesn’t matter. At least that’s what Harry McCracken of Time magazine thinks.

“The iPhone 5 was already the most polished phone on the market,” McCracken said. “When it comes to the things Apple cares deeply about, the iPhone 5s is a meaningful advance on the iPhone 5, and comfortably ahead of any phone that doesn’t have a picture of a piece of fruit on its backside.”

The iPhone 5s and 5c launched last Friday.

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