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Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
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greggwith3G
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9/28/2013 | 1:56:41 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
Very helpful article! At the end of the fourth paragraph, when you say, "The iPhone is a better voice phone," did you mean the iPhone 5?
Eric Zeman
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Eric Zeman,
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9/30/2013 | 5:10:09 PM
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Should read "...the iPhone 5 is a better voice phone..."
SeanM731
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SeanM731,
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9/28/2013 | 2:45:26 PM
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Is it possible the crashing of apps isn't iOS 7 but apps that haven't been optimized for it yet? I've also had mine a week and only have had one app crash and it's the same one.

And exciting hardware is relative. I had an iPhone 4 for almost three years before upgrading to the 5s. I think the hardware is EXTREMELY exciting coming from there.
rradina
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rradina,
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9/30/2013 | 1:23:56 PM
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I believe it's because the 5s is running 64-bit iOS 7. The author mentioned that iOS7 is fine on the iPhone 5 but I believe it is only 32-bit.

I too have an iPhone 4 and it's pretty slow on iOS 6. I won't be upgrading to 7 after a friend upgraded his 4s and said it was much slower than 6. I can only imagine what 7 will do to my iPhone 4.
JtH833
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JtH833,
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9/30/2013 | 11:06:03 PM
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I have a 4, and upgrading to iOS 7 made it significantly faster in many, many ways. It was getting extremely sluggish and iOS 7 actually improved it so much that I considered delaying the upgrade I was planning on making (but then decided against it since I can get $200 for my current phone and essentially upgrade for free).

Tell your friend to turn off the 3D effects. My buddy had an iPad that wasn't performing that great when he upgraded to iOS 7, and turning the 3d effects off made it faster than ever. But that's a non-issue on the 4, because it won't even support them :p

Anyway I would definitely recommend getting iOS 7 if you're worried about speed, it definitely seems improved in that regard and I think it's just the graphical effects that are slowing down the older devices.
Laurianne
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9/30/2013 | 4:25:49 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
Interesting point. Anybody else have iOS 7 apps stability experiences to share here?
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/30/2013 | 9:48:23 PM
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I've had no app stability issues, but have noticed power draining faster than before.
JtH833
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JtH833,
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9/30/2013 | 11:08:15 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
On my 4, it seems more stable than ever and a lot faster too.
Eric Zeman
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Eric Zeman,
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9/30/2013 | 5:06:47 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
Sean, I've had the Settings Menu and Safari crash. Those are both native apps/services. I've seen far more third-party crashes.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/30/2013 | 8:58:50 PM
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Good point on the hardware being a relative thing. With two-year contracts, a lot of iPhone 5 users won't be upgrading, so the extent to which the new phone needs to wow them is open to debate. To those coming from iPhone 4s and below, I think both of the new iPhones, but especially the 5s, would be solid hardware upgrades. But from an iPhone 5, I tend to agree with Eric; the 5 isn't far behind the 5s, and more substantial hardware changes are probably being withheld for the iPhone 6.

Here's one wild card with the hardware, though: The iPhone 5s has some sensors in it that aren't in any other models. The M7 sensor, for example, could open up some app opportunities that will further differentiation the 5s experience.
JtH833
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JtH833,
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9/30/2013 | 11:09:46 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
It really depends what you do with your phone. If you enjoy gaming, there isn't even a remote comparison. The 5S is a bajillion and a half times better. It's like a pocket PC, the specs are every bit as good as desktops from not too long ago.
Myslewski
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Myslewski,
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9/28/2013 | 3:08:00 PM
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"We can only hope that Apple will make significant changes in next year's iPhone 6." What changes? Changes for the mere sake of changes? I'm gobsmacked that "change" in and of itself is considered a virtue.
Fill
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Fill,
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9/29/2013 | 10:26:01 AM
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Agreed. Change is only valuable if the interface has changed, otherwise it should be a refinement. Windows, for example, should have refined from Win7 instead of introducing new interfaces in Win8 with touch inspired elements when desktops are by and large still just keyboards and mice!
JtH833
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JtH833,
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9/30/2013 | 11:11:30 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
It's normal, aren't you used to it by now? Every time a new iPhone comes out (or any Apple product for that matter) people say "omg it looks the same, they can't innovate any more, it will never sell, this is the death of Apple!!!!" And then that product comes out, and it usually sells massively better than any product they've ever released before.
Andre Richards
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Andre Richards,
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9/28/2013 | 5:35:28 PM
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"lack of resizable home screen widgets"

I'm not sure why people complain about this. If you really want that, you can jailbreak your iPhone and go to town.

Widgets may be a convenience, but it creates a mess of the UI and while that may make sense to geeks, average users can be thrown off by it (I've seen it.) The home screen on a smartphone is analogous to your file system browser. It's a space dedicated to manipulating apps and files. I don't understand the complaint that you can't bog that down or muddy it up with running apps. I think something like Mac OS X's Dashboard (i.e., an quick-access dedicated screen where widgets run) would be a better concept and keep things clear. I've owned Android phones and I'm not a fan of these gawky looking widgets running in the file space. It feels very kludgy.
Eric Zeman
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Eric Zeman,
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9/30/2013 | 5:09:31 PM
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All widgets are definitely not created equal, but I find value in some of them. I'm not necessarily saying Android-style widgets, but some flexibility with the home screen would be welcome.

Also, Jailbreaking voids warranties, and a lot of people are uncomfortable with that.
DougS933
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9/28/2013 | 6:01:22 PM
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Who cares? It's a phone for God's sake, just like last years..Write about something worth reading....Seriously, who gives a damn other then the idiots who waited in line for days to hand their money over to Apple so they could say, look at me, I got me the newest phone.....freaking joke.....
JtH833
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JtH833,
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9/30/2013 | 11:12:37 PM
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Apparently you care. A lot.
Fill
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Fill,
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9/29/2013 | 10:20:06 AM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
I was confused by this (paragraph 4):

"It's not the best voice phone. ... The iPhone is a better voice phone"

Is that a typo, or was that referring to it being a better handheld phone vs. speaker phone?
Eric Zeman
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Eric Zeman,
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9/30/2013 | 5:09:54 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
Should read "...the iPhone 5 is a better..."
rspirelli28
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9/30/2013 | 12:18:33 PM
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*Yawns* i am waiting for the flexible phone...that will be a true change. Making a phone faster and take slightly better pictures is merely a refinement. these are not added features just refinements. the fingerprint sensor and another different colored LED flash was added (run for the hills everyone they added a fingerprint sensor and another LED for the camera flash).
rradina
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rradina,
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9/30/2013 | 1:25:57 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
Can you share your ideas of what a flexible phone is?
Michael Endler
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9/30/2013 | 9:02:09 PM
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What is a flexible phone? Do you mean like the Ubuntu Edge?
JtH833
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JtH833,
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9/30/2013 | 11:15:16 PM
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I think he means literally flexible, Samsung demoed bendable/foldable screens at CES
JtH833
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JtH833,
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9/30/2013 | 11:14:16 PM
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So what, yeah they are refinements, good ones. Why shouldn't they refine? Why does everyone hold them to this absurd standard that they have to release a brand new phone every single year and it has to be totally different and new! lol. Makes no sense. What we have is good, and people shouldn't feel like they have to upgrade every time a new one comes out. Can you imagine the expense if people felt that way about home computers?
JtH833
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JtH833,
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9/30/2013 | 11:04:24 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
If you think that the 5s doesn't offer a dramatically different experience than the 5, you don't use your phone very extensively.


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