Despite record numbers of sales, new features and rave reviews, the iPhone 5 isn’t without its problems. This seems to be symptomatic of all new Apple products, as every iPhone release seems to be plagued with a number of problems and faults yet to be fixed by Apple technicians. If you’re considering buying an iPhone 5, here are some of the problems you should be aware of before purchasing.
Upon delivery of the new handset, many consumers have been quick to notice the ease at which the iPhone 5 can be damaged or scratched. This problem is most definitely more common on the black version of the handset, with the back anodized aluminium panel being especially prone to scratches.
The new aluminium design – which has been used previously on the MacBook Pro and iPad – is the main problem. The anodized aluminium is softer than the toughened glass used in the iPhone 4, meaning other metal objects such as keys can quickly scratch and chip the handset. While this is a minor issue, it means users will have to purchase cases for their phones if they wish to keep them in good condition.
Upon its launch, the largest criticism of the iPhone 5 was its new maps application. The app has numerous issues: buggy rendering, supplying incorrect or outdated information, no transit direction info and leading users to completely wrong locations. Apple are very much aware of this problem, with Apple CEO Tim Cook issuing a formal apology.
Many users have held off purchasing the iPhone 5 until Google release an official maps app for iOS 6. An Apple user told us: “I won’t sell my iPhone to upgrade any time soon unless Google release an official app as I use transit directions every day.”
The new iPhone camera has some incredible new features – but the purple lens flare is not one of them. Users have reported that images taken with the iPhone 5 result in ‘purple fringing’ whereby bright light sources give purple tints to the image. Apple have responded to the issue by claiming users are simply holding the phone wrong – an echo of the iPhone 4 response to signal problems 2 years ago.
Considering Apple have been boasting about the precision design on the iPhone 5, consumers have been finding light streaks coming from in between the screen and the case, resulting in a far from polished look. This is common with white handsets, so be sure to go for a black one if this concerns you.
Some users have been posting videos online of ‘Massive iPhone glitches’, though in reality this is far from true. On a couple of applications there have been reported issues whereby lines don’t match up properly, but this is a problem that will be quickly addressed in software updates.
Despite its numerous problems, the iPhone 5 is a fantastic handset that will still have people frantically selling stuff online to raise the funds to buy one. If you want to buy the iPhone 5, be sure to shop around for the best deals.