While the current trend directs the smartphone market to screens more and more extensive, Apple plays the originality and renews its small sizes. After the iPhone 5c and 5s, discover the iPhone OS!
- A design modeled on the iPhone 5s
- A screen of only 4 inches
- A disappointing front camera …
- … But a very good rear camera
- Performance at the height of the iPhone 6s
- The iOS 9.3 Apple
- A suitable autonomy
- Price and release date
The output of each new device Apple stamped inevitably causes a media tidal wave often punctuated by the misuse of a range of superlatives. This is especially the case this time that the famous Apple brand has chosen to break his habits by introducing a new smartphone in the spring in addition to the future iPhone 7 expected in computergees.
With iPhone OS introduced March 21, Apple returns to small sizes. With sales of nearly 30 million mobile devices with 4-inch maximum screen in 2015, the manufacturer put on an evolution of the models that have, in addition, a virtually non-existent competition. His legacy technical features of the iPhone 6s and appearance reproducing almost every feature the iPhone 5s enough they make the iPhone OS a success? What are the main strengths and weaknesses of this device at first sight very attractive for fans of small models?
A design modeled on the iPhone 5s
The iPhone OS does not actually offer innovations from the perspective of its design: it simply repeats the iPhone 5s! “If this lack of novelty may be disappointing for some of the followers of Apple , other, less seduced by the look offered by newer devices will be pleased with this little background” says Antony Di Maiolo, Lead mobile Developer.
Featuring an aluminum hull inevitably marked with the logo for the stainless steel apple, iPhone OS has chamfered edges and matt blasted aluminum finishes with a pleasant grip. With its 113g and its dimensions of 12, 38 x 5.86 x 0.76 cm, it has the advantage of being remarkably lightweight and compact. In comparison, both the high-end models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G5 that environmental equipment or entry as the Fever SE Wiko or Vibe K5 Lenovo has more than 14 cm long and about 7 cm wide. These smartphones are often difficult to handle with one hand.The small size of the new device is a good point for Apple.
Another plus: the iPhone OS has a fingerprint reader Integrated Touch ID to the main button . The player belongs to the first generation of sensors but its speed is largely acceptable.
A screen of only 4 inches
Consistent with its small size, the new Apple smartphone features an IPS Retina display of only 4 inches. If an adjustment period is necessary to get used to using a narrow touchpad, it is undeniably very comfortable to manipulate the device with one hand.
The screen of the iPhone OS displays a definition of 1136 x 640 pixels well below that offered by many competing devices, such as Samsung Galaxy A3 HD 2016 and its 4.7-inch screen. This definition is, however, ample in relation to the size of the screen. It still offers a resolution of 326 dpi the same as the iPhone 6s!
The iPhone OS is also doing very honorably for the brightness point. The unit can reach a maximum value of 500 nits. Although acceptable, the contrast announced 800: 1 contrast is below what it is legitimate to expect of a smartphone in 2016. In comparison, the screen of Xiaomi Mi 5 offers contrast 1500: 1. Moreover, unlike the latest smartphones from Apple, the iPhone OS does not carry the 3D Touch technology. Finally, if it has a coating protecting the fingerprints, it appears less resistant to water, falls and pressure that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
A disappointing front camera …
While the majority of smartphones – even middle or entry level – 2016 feature a front camera of 5 megapixels, the iPhone OS features a front sensor only 1.2 megapixels . Despite the ability to shoot in HD (1280 x 720 pixels), this is a real disappointment for fans of selfies or regular users of the FaceTime feature!
The disappointment is all the greater that this sensor is equipped with an aperture of f / 2.4 less advantageous than that of the iPhone 6. This suggests a greater noise in pictures taken in low light . Although Apple has with a “flash” Retina whose principle is based on the issuance by the screen brightness three times higher than the normal time a flash, the quality of images taken with before the photo sensor is rather poor.
… But a very good rear camera
The iPhone OS sail back the same Sony 12 megapixel iSight sensor as the iPhone 6s . In addition to its f / 2.2, this sensor has the “Deep Trench Isolation” process with greater accuracy, especially the color point of view. It also takes advantage of autofocus Focus Pixels ( PDAF ) and is coupled to a flash True Tone including lighting adjusts to the ambient light . Unlike the one at the front, the back camera of the iPhone OS will record images of very good quality! It should further be able to offer very good replays and panoramas up to 63 megapixels.
Next video, the back sensor can shoot and edit videos in 4K at 30 fps . Photos in 8 megapixels can even be captured simultaneously. Finally, as many of today’s smartphones, the camera of the iPhone OS application includes a function (Live Photos) to record a few seconds of video before and after each shot. Only point to lament: all change involves resolution out of the photo application which is far from practical.
Performance at the height of the iPhone 6s
Again, the iPhone OS includes the components that have made the success of the iPhone 6s, the latest high-end from Apple. The Mini brand smartphone at the apple as it embeds a double heart A9 chip clocked at 1.8 GHz , accompanied by a movement M9 co-processor. According GeekBench, the hardware of the iPhone OS should allow it to be 70% faster than the iPhone 5s that can be considered as its predecessor. This suggests excellent physical and graphics performance, more than enough to manage all applications and all desired games! “It remains to verify that the small device the size does not encourage overheating and the available memory is height “moderates however Antony Di Maiolo, our mobile expert.
The iPhone OS offers 2 GB of RAM. This amount of RAM rather corresponds to that offer smartphones midrange and 2016 may seem a bit low compared to the 4GB G5 LG and Galaxy S7 or to 3GB of Xperia Sony X Performance . Moreover, the base model of the iPhone OS offers only 16 GB of internal storage, can not be extended via microSD card! This storage capacity will no doubt very insufficient for users to make the most of the ability to shoot in 4K, take lots of pictures or use many non-native applications. Apple also sells a 64GB version of the iPhone OS but it is more expensive and also lacks microSD port.
The iOS 9.3 Apple
The iPhone OS integrates Apple’s home operating system: iOS in version 9.3. Wiping the usual criticism of its rigidity, this OS includes several features and automatically embeds a number of applications designed to take less than 150 MB of internal memory.
Besides Messages, FaceTime, Photos or Music, iPhone OS includes classics such qu’AirDrop Apple, AirPlay, Handoff or maps, voice navigation application step by step also allowing, among others, to monitor traffic in real time.
Finally, the famous Siri personal assistant is obviously the party . By simply asking aloud “Tell Siri…” followed by a request, it performs instead of its user a variety of tasks: to search the Internet, find a picture or a particular video in its library…
A suitable autonomy
The new smartphone manufacturer announces a real improvement of autonomy compared to the iPhone 5s, his previous high-end smartphone with 4-inch screen. It would be even one of its strengths! Abandoning his habit of favoring the finesse of its aircraft to their autonomy, Apple has given the iPhone OS a removable battery of 1642 mAh capacity , against 1450 mAh for 5s. This capability combined with a small screen size and optimization work – including the management periods of inactivity- would iPhone HE “Apple smartphone as independent as ever produced.”
This remains to be confirmed … On its website, Apple announced in effect a maximum of only 14 hours of talk time on 3G… and nothing about the use of 4G, though supported by the device. “If no surprises are to be expected, there is a strong chance that the durations between each recharge know no noticeable change ” warns Antony Di Maiolo.
Price and release date
It did not take much to wait to get the new smartphone Apple’s small size. Presented March 21 and for pre-order from 24 March, the iPhone OS is now officially sold since March 31 .
Its price is also a real argument in favor wishing to obtain a stamped Apple smartphone without breaking the bank. The iPhone OS is indeed offered at a more affordable rate than what we had used the famous manufacturer at the apple. In France, the basic version with 16GB is sold to 489 € . It will take no less than 100 € more (€ 589) for 64 GB.
The opinion of JeChange.fr
According to Antony Di Maiolo, Lead Mobile Developer at JeChange.fr, “even if it offers absolutely nothing new, the iPhone OS is still quite likely to appeal to fans of small-format screen or a public eager to acquire an Apple product at a reduced cost.”
“The smartphone offers performance very close to those of high-end devices, plus a photo sensor back completely to the height and design of the brand among the most popular,” recalls our mobile expert. “However, it is time that Apple plans to increase its basic version storage capacity. 16 GB can not be extended via microSD card just to get a little usage today! Similarly, it would have been nice that the brand does not limit its compatibility NFC device to the Apple Pay contactless payment service that is not yet available in France. ”
Finally, the “4-inch screen may seem a bit narrow to fully enjoy games and videos on their phone. Perhaps would it have been possible to insert into the same frame a slightly larger screen (4.3 inches, for example)? This would have to keep the side compact while providing a more comfortable reading “observes Anthony Di Maiolo.