What Does iPhone 5 Mean For Gamers?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 by angelee. Filed under: Playfin News.

Gaming-on-the-iPhone-5Apple’s release of the iPhone 5 hasn’t revolutionized the smartphone industry, but the new iPhone does come with several upgrades that promise to make gaming on your handset a much more enjoyable experience.

First off, though the new iPhone handset itself feels slimmer and lighter than its predecessors, Apple have decided to beef up the all-important internal hardware significantly.

The new custom A6 dual-core processor has been clocked at 1.3GHz and its three GPU cores push graphical performance ever closer to console standard, while RAM has been boosted to just shy of 1GB.

Remarkably, Apple claim that this has been coupled with increased efficiencies which make the iPhone 5’s battery life comparable to previous models.  Early reports indicate that for better or worse, battery performance is consistent, though only time will tell if the dreaded battery ‘death’ problem all-too-synonymous with iProducts persists.

There is no shortage of decent games on the App Store, with the iPad being an ideal platform for most of them, but gaming on the iPhone has always been held back somewhat by the size of its screen.

Apple has finally delivered what fans have been asking for with the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen, an improvement of ½ an inch over that of the iPhone 4S.  The screenshot was released by Apple to show the potential of the new hardware, and while there aren’t any games available yet that take advantage of the faster processor, it’s only a matter of time before they do start to appear.

While these improvements are certainly to be welcomed by even those whose smartphone gaming interests are limited to Draw Something and Angry Birds, the iPhone 5’s larger screen is still tiny when compared with the Samsung Galaxy S3’s 4.8-inch display, let alone those of tablet PCs, the other primary casual gaming platforms.

All-in-all, Apple have delivered a better gaming experience to users of the iPhone 5, but in this aspect of the market they’re still lagging behind.

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