iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter, comes with a taller 4-inch screen with 1136×640 resolution, improved front and back facing camera, supports faster 4G LTE networks and lots more.
But if you had features like NFC and wireless charging in your wish list, then you’re probably disappointed with Apple’s new iPhone.
AllThingsD got a chance to speak to Phil Schiller – Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, who explained why Apple’s iPhone does not come with these features. Here’s what he had to say:
It’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem, Schiller said. “Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today.”
As for wireless charging, Schiller notes that the wireless charging systems still have to be plugged into the wall, so it’s not clear how much convenience they add. The widely-adopted USB cord, meanwhile, can charge in wall outlets, computers and even on airplanes, he said.
“Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated,” Schiller said.
He explained why iPhone 5 comes with a new smaller dock connector:
Schiller said it simply wasn’t possible to build products as thin as the new iPhones and iPods without changing the cord. Hence, the new “Lightning” connector.
That said, Schiller said that Apple doesn’t take changing the connector lightly.
“This is the new connector for many years to come,” he said.
What do you think? Are features like wireless charging and NFC gimmicky in their current form?