iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S – Difference

Apple has just released iPhone 5 with upgraded hardware and software . Here are the changes from its earlier version iPhone 4S . All differences are listed below . Also read our blog post about iPhone 5 review for more details .

iphone 5 vs iphone 4s

Weight and Dimensions :

iPhone 4S: 

Height: 115.2 mm (4.5 inches)
Width: 58.6 mm (2.31 inches)
Depth: 9.3 mm (0.37 inches)
Weight: 140 grams (4.9 ounces)

iPhone 5: 

Height: 123.8 mm (4.87 inches)
Width: 58.6 mm (2.31 inches)
Depth: 7.6 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight: 112 grams (3.95 ounces)

From the above stats you can clearly see that the iPhone now has become longer and thinner while weighing less than iPhone 4S .


iPhone 4S: 

3.5-inch (diagonal) Retina display
960×640 resolution
326 ppi

iPhone 5: 

4-inch (diagonal) Retina display
1136×640 resolution
326 ppi

iPhone 5 has a longer screen and higher resolution . Apple claims that this is good for watching wide screen videos .

3G and Wireless Connectivity :

iPhone 4S has standard 3G and WiFi b/g.iPhone 5 has the new LTE technology making the phone compatible with 4G connectivity and giving it massively faster connection and download time. It is now powered with b/g/n allowing wifi speeds of upto 150 Mbps .

FaceTime Camera (front facing camera)

iPhone 4S : Secondary camera takes VGA photos and videos.iPhone 5 has 1.2 megapixel at 30fps on the secondary camera

No changes in the primary camera here , only the secondary/front camera is upgraded for better resolution video and images . The front camera has been moved to the center .

iphone 5 vs iphone 4s

Video Recording:

iPhone 4S: 

  • 30 fps
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • LED light
  • Video stabilization
iPhone 5: 

All of the features listed in iPhone 4S +

  • Improved video stabilization
  • Take still photos while recording video
  • Face detection

Battery Life

iPhone 4S: 

Up to 8 hours talk time on 3G, up to 6 hours browsing time on 3G or 9 on WiFi. Standby time of up to 200 hours.

iPhone 5: 

Up to 8 hours talk time on 3G, up to 8 hours browsing time on 3G or 10 on WiFi.
Standby time of up to 225 hours.

iPhone 5 continues to manage same talk time while using LTE technology .

Capacity of Storage :

iPhone 4S:


iPhone 5:

16GB, 32GB and 64GB

Sim Cards :

iPhone 4S uses the usual Micro Sim . iPhone 5 will work only on Nano Sim cards . These sim cards are 40% smaller than the current generation micro sim used in iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 . Vodafone UK has confirmed in its blog that it has stocked as many as 500,000 of these for the iPhone 5 . No information available from AT&T US and other telecom operators .

iphone 5 nano sim


iPhone 4S:

Standard Apple earphones.

iPhone 5:

New Apple EarBuds , also called earpods . These come with the new iPhone 5 , iPod touch and can be bought separately . Images shown below .  Read more about iPhone 5 headphones price – features and where you can buy one . Buy Onlineiphone 5 headphone

Connector :

iPhone 4S:

30 pin connector

iPhone 5:

The new lightening connector is faster than the old 30 pin connector, and with this you will never go wrong while connecting as it works both sides . Apple will also provide a converter adpater for those using older accessories which dont support the new 9 pins .

lightning_usb cable iphone 5 mini 9 pin cable

Also Read : iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S 3 – Which is Better ?