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BLOG: Should you upgrade to the iPhone 5?

Lex Friedman | Sept. 14, 2012
When Apple introduced the iPhone 5 on Wednesday—with its taller screen, faster networking, and new Lightning port—iPhone owners everywhere faced a common question: Is it worth an upgrade?

Butat least until you first saw the iPhone 5, its likely that the iPhone 4Ss screen never felt particularly cramped, and your FaceTime correspondents likely didnt complain during video chats that your end lacked high definition video.

Dont misunderstand: While we havent yet had the opportunity to review the iPhone 5, all signs point to its being another satisfying upgrade on the iPhone line. But Apples comfortable path of evolutionary upgrades by definition means that you can generally sit out an in-between iPhone upgrade without feeling like youre missing out on too much.

Since no iPhone 4S owner has yet owned that device a year, the upgrade pricing will be steep, and the real-world improvements from the iPhone 5 will impact you less than they will other customers with older iPhones. Its probably okay to sit this one out if the unsubsidized price tag for a new phone gives you or your bank account pause.


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