The iPhone 4S Is In The House - The iPhone 5 Is At The Door

Mark Stephens

With the sad passing away of Steve Jobs, what else could we talk about this week other than two of his “babies” - the latest release and the next release from Apple?

Below we will look at the key features and benefits of the iPhone 4S, from a mobile gaming point of view and then look ahead to the release of the iPhone 5 which is occupying a lot of screen-space amongst mobile gamers right now.

The Release of the iPhone 4S

The release of the iPhone 4S on October 14th was announced accidentally in the first couple of days of October as a message was released prematurely on iTunes.


While reception of the new phone has been a bit luke-warm from some quarters, there are some new features that will please mobile gamers.

Firstly the chip will be an A5 chip, which is identical to that used in iPad 2. That means extra CPU speed – in fact twice as much as the iPhone 4.

Another bit of good news for gamers is that it will have a dual core graphics processor seven times faster than the iPhone 4, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

If you pair these new features with an extended battery life (especially interesting considering this recent blog post of ours), 14Mbps download speeds and an 8-megapixel camera, it’s difficult to understand why there’s not more positive reaction. Maybe it’s because everyone was waiting to hear about iPhone 5.

Perhaps the people with a yawning gap in their soul that can only be filled by an iPhone 5 should take a long hard look in the mirror!

The design may not quite be what everybody was after but there’s no doubt the new features are a step up for mobile gamers who enjoy the types of games currently made for the iPhone, and this new injection of power will help developers create still better games; but they probably won’t be enough to attract more serious gamers – who swear by their consoles, gaming laptops and desktops.

What are they Saying About the iPhone 5?

Everybody calm down! And that includes you, Android, Galaxy and Blackberry!

Some people act as if the iPhone 5 will change the way the earth spins on its axis. The anticipation in the tech world and the consumer world is palpable with some surveys saying that over 40% of mobile users in North America are interested in buying the latest in cutting edge handsets inside 6 months of it being launched.


There is an expectation that the iPhone 5 will out-power, out-feature and out-style all of the competition with hardware and software features to truly hit the ball out of the park.

Here are some of the rumoured upgraded hardware features of the iPhone 5:

• Edge-to-edge 3.7-inch or 4-inch display
• Speech-recognition capabilities
• Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR Series6 mobile graphics processing architecture
• Panoramic photo capabilities from its 8 megapixel camera
• Qualcomm chips to support GSM/CDMA technologies for AT&T/Sprint/Verizon,
• Wireless charging
• High-capacity battery
• Increased RAM
• 4G support

Some of the rumoured upgraded software features of the iPhone 5:

• Notification center
• Background updates
• Cloud sync
• Wireless sync
• Reminders with a geo-location feature
• Twitter integration and voice control
• Simplified reader view in Safari
• Rich-text formatting
LED flash for calls and alerts
• Alternate routes in maps
• HD streaming in YouTube over 3G.

As far as mobile gaming goes, critics of the previous iPhone models may have been somewhat pacified by the improvements already announced for the 4S model described above.

But it’s reputation as a top mobile gaming device may depend on whether Apple improve the response times of the touch-screen and the precision of the touch screen controls, improve the buttons, introduce a plug-in controller, as well as make extra developments with battery life…in addition to carrying through with the above rumours regarding the larger screen.

A lot of people who should know better were fooled by the recent announcement of the iPhone 4S believing the iPhone 5 would be unveiled.

We will follow the release of the iPhone 5 with interest, but we won’t lose any sleep over it – if following Steve Jobs and his creations has proved one thing to us, it’s that there are far more important things to lose sleep over than phone features!