The half-eaten Apple logo is something that people crave for, and would love to brandish in society. It’s exclusisvity, partly due to the stratospheric pricing with regards to features being provided, have made it a niche product of sorts. It is as if buying a device with the half-eaten Apple logo on it propels you to some unspecified echelon in society.
Coming to the iPhone, it will be safe to say that this device has been the Cupertino-based company’s mainstay for decades. Boasting of a premium finishing and a trademark Operating System with nifty features, the iPhone has captured the attention of gadget geeks worldwide ever since its inception.
It is true that the territories of the iPhone have been challenged as of late, due to invasion of rival smartphones offering better technological specifications at lower prices. However, Apple still holds the sway as the pricing of the device actually makes for the USP of the product; not all can afford this device, hence it stays a niche and exclusive product.
It would, however, be wrong to say that the Apple iPhone has stagnated. It has seen technological upgrades, too. Here, we will focus on how the iPhone 5 is one of the best handsets available for gaming.
The iPhone 5 has seen an increase in it’s screen size from the iPhone 4. As compared to the 3.5 inch-screen of the iPhone 4, the successor boasts of a 4-inch screen. A larger screen allows for a better experience while gaming, allowing for better visuals and leaving more space on the screen to accommodate users’ thumbs for touch-based controls.
Note, however, that this screen size pales in comparison to many other rival handsets on offer. Nevertheless, we feel that the size lies in the Goldilocks Zone of portability as well as viewing pleasure.
The iPhone 4 had a display consisting of 640 X 960 pixels. Its successor has a considerably larger palette of dots that make up the display, comprising of 640 X 1136 pixels. The bigger the better. We say it. Games look and feel better to play on higher resolution screens.
However, it is also to be noted that the Pixel-per-Inch of the iPhone 4 ( 330 ppi ) and that of the iPhone 5 ( 326 ppi ) aren’t noticeably different. Hence, the difference wouldn’t be as noticeable. The increase in the number of pixels of the iPhone 5 has been offset by the increase in screen size by 0.5 inches.
PROCESSING POWER and GRAPHICS UNIT
In this department too, the Apple iPhone 5 has made an improvement over the iPhone 4. Processing power has been increased in the form of clock speed, and it has been further accentuated by a transition to multi-core processors. Similarly, the Graphics Units have also become more powerful and have seen an increase in the number of cores.
Here’s a table explaining the details :
|iPhone 4||iPhone 4S||iPhone 5||iPhone 5C||iPhone 5S|
|Chipset||Apple A4||Apple A5||Apple A6||Apple A6||Apple A7|
|CPU||1 GHz Cortex-A8||Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9||Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift (ARM v7-based)||Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift (ARM v7-based)||Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)|
|PowerVR SGX 543MP3 (Triple-core graphics)||PowerVR SGX 543MP3 (Triple-core graphics)||PowerVR G6430 (Quad-core graphics)|
The verdict is simple : As processing power increases, games render without any stutter and users can enjoy a seamless experience as well as better visuals. On the other hand, an increase in number of cores allows for better power management and increases battery life, thus enabling longer hours of gameplay.
While this would be a debatable area, but we do feel that the iPhone 5 has better proportions as compared to its predecessors, therefore allowing the user to be more comfortable for longer hours during gameplay. The factors that decide tip the ergonomics into the iPhone 5’s favour are the reduced weight ( 112 grams ) and thickness ( 0.30 inches ).
A MASSIVE STOREHOUSE OF GAMES
Yes, that is what the Apple App Store is! It still reigns in that comparison with Android’s Play Store, and hence you wouldn’t be tired of the games on offer. The quality of the games on offer is much better as compared to that on Android, where Indie-based games rule the show in terms of sheer numbers. This does make quality control a bit problematic.
If these reasons aren’t enough, we would be hard-pressed to find more. We do believe that the Apple iPhone 5 is still one of the best handsets for gaming in terms of the experience that it provides, even though it has been slightly eclipsed by behemoths from rival companies running on better hardware.
It would be worth waiting to know how the Apple iPhone 6 changes the mobile gaming landscape.