Oct 27, 2012
IT Pro’s Guide to iPhone 5 and iOS 6
Jaded tech pundits may be nitpicking the iPhone 5—it gets scratched, it’s evolutionary, it scorched my finger, we don’t like the new connector, the map got me lost, [insert latest gripe here].
But guess what? Your end users aren’t listening. These devices will be on your network soon, if they’re not already. Record-breaking first-weekend sales and a weeks-long order backlog are proof that, despite the collective yawn from flinty analysts, the iPhone 5 delivered what the increasingly accurate supply chain rumor mill predicted, and the general public hasn’t outgrown its lust for Apple gadgets.
While the iPhone 5 is undeniably evolutionary, it also demonstrates that keeping up with (and in a few cases, pushing) the march of smartphone component technology, coupled with a lot of little OS changes, equals a demonstrably superior product. The 5 is much faster, slimmer and lighter than the 4S while improving on its previously state-of-the-art display and camera. And while iOS 6 giveth (Passbook, FaceTime, feature additions to virtually every built-in app) and taketh away (Google Maps, YouTube), on balance it too is a notable improvement.
In this report we’ll analyze both the hardware and software highlights from the new iPhone with an eye on features most useful to enterprises, quantify performance improvements with hands-on test results, and wrap with some recommendations for business managers and IT pros evaluating the revamped iPhone lineup. (S5931012)