iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S: can you tell the difference? [Video]

September 13, 2012
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The sixth generation iPhone, called the iPhone 5 despite what some of us believed, was unveiled yesterday during Apple’s September 12 press event. The company also introduced a bunch of new products yesterday including the new-generation iPod touch and iPod nano, and iTunes 11 but the iPhone 5 was without a doubt the main star of the show.

We have already shown you the main specs and features of the device as well as availability dates for the handset – as, like it or not, it will be compared with every high-end Android device launched recently or about to be launched – and we started the comparisons too, alongside others.

So far we looked at the iPhone 5 vs the Samsung Galaxy S3 and at the iPhone 5 vs the Motorola Droid RAZR HD Maxx, but we’ll continue to pit the new iOS handset against the best Android handsets in town.

By now you may be wondering whether we’re about to compare the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 4S. No, that’s hardly the case. We can skip all that and jump to the obvious conclusion, the iPhone 5 is the best iPhone Apple released to date, and iPhone buyers looking for a high-end iPhone should pick the iPhone 5 as their next device. And yes, Apple will sell a boat-load of new iPhones in the opening weekend, first sales month, first quarter, and the quarters to follow, most likely eclipsing any other smartphone maker when it comes to single device sales and profits from such sales.

But what we’re going to do is wonder whether you can tell the difference between the last two iPhone models, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. Well, actually that’s what Jimmy Kimmel did in one of his latest stunts, and you’ll just have to check out the short video below to find out whether potential buyers can tell the difference between a new and old iPhone model.

There are plenty of differences between the two devices when it comes to design and internal components and while we won’t get into all that here, we will remind you that the new iPhone is slightly taller, slimmer and lighter. Moreover, it has an aluminum back plate compared with its predecessor’s glass back plate. So in theory, one should be able to instantly tell the difference between the new and old device. spoiler alert, although by now you should have watched the video above: not everyone knows how the new iPhone looks like.

Is that a bad thing or good thing for Apple? Is it a bad thing or a good thing for other OEMs? You tell us!

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