iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6S vs iPhone 6: What’s the difference?

Apple finally announced a new 4-inch iPhone, following months and months of rumours. The iPhone SE was unveiled at an event in Cupertino in March and it replaces the existing iPhone 5S.

For those wondering how it compares to the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, we are here to help. This feature explains the differences and similarities between the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S to help you decide which is the right iPhone for you.

iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Design

The Apple iPhone 6 measures 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm and weighs 129g. The iPhone 6S measures 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm and hits the scales at 143g. Both offer aluminium bodies and although the iPhone 6S is made from a different metal to the iPhone 6, the design on both models is fabulous.

They both offer beautiful curved edges, slim builds and there isn’t a single sharp edge in sight. A fingerprint sensor sits within the Home button on both, but the iPhone 6S has the second-generation of Touch ID, which is a little faster than the iPhone 6.

The iPhone SE on the other hand, takes the majority of its design cues from the iPhone 5S, but with a couple of changes, including matte edges. It’s smaller, more compact and more pocketable than the iPhone 6 and 6S, and it opts for flat edges over round, as well as a lighter build of just 113g. An aluminium body is featured here too so you don’t lose the premium appeal, while its measurements sit 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, making it a little thicker than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.

It offers Touch ID, but it’s the same technology as the iPhone 6, rather than the second-generation found on the iPhone 6S so it won’t be quite as fast as the 6S.
The iPhone SE is offered in the same colours as the iPhone 6S however, with silver, space grey, gold and rose gold all available. The iPhone 6 only comes in silver and space grey colour options.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Display

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S both have 4.7-inch Retina HD displays. Both their resolutions sit at 1334 x 750, delivering pixel densities of 326ppi. The only difference between the two devices is the iPhone 6S has 3D Touch, which is Apple’s version of a pressure sensitive display allowing for different actions based on the force with which you press. It’s a great feature, but it does require you to reprogramme the way you use your iPhone.
The iPhone SE offers a smaller 4-inch display, appealing to those who don’t want a larger smartphone. Those who have stuck with their iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. The resolution is the same as the iPhone 5S, which puts it at 1336 x 640. Because of the size difference, it means the iPhone SE still offers a pixel density of 326ppi like the iPhone 6 and 6S however, meaning ample sharpness with no softness or blur to images.

The SE doesn’t offer 3D Touch, but its biggest issue to is trying to cram everything onto its smaller display now that the iOS software has evolved. The 4-inch display will probably feel small to those that have used a larger device, but it is great for one-handed use.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Camera

The Apple iPhone 6 offers an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1.5µm pixels and an aperture of f/2.2. It is capable of 1080p video recording and there is a True Tone flash on board. The front camera is 1.2-megapixels, also with an f/2.2 aperture and both are great performers.

The iPhone 6S takes things up a notch in the camera department offering a 12-megapixel rear snapper with 1.22µm pixels and a f/2.2 aperture. Video recording capabilities increase to 4K and the True Tone flash remains intact. The front camera also sees a bump to 5-megapixels and while the aperture remains at f/2.2, it comes with a Retina flash.

Like the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 5S, the improvements are clear with the iPhone 6S compared to the iPhone 6. We found the iPhone 6S performs as well as many compact cameras we have come across, producing images with natural colours and tones.

The iPhone SE opts for the same 12-megapixel rear sensor as the iPhone 6S, meaning it is capable of 4K video recording and Live Photos. It also means you get a fantastic camera in your pocket and it’s a big leap from the iPhone 5S.

There is a 1.2-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.4 however, so it doesn’t take from the iPhone 6S here, aside from also offering a Retina flash. The lower resolution is evident in the performance, with images a little soft and lacking in detail.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Hardware and specs

The Apple iPhone 6 comes with the A8 chip and M8 motion co-processor, supported by 1GB of RAM. It is thought to have a 1810mAh battery on board and it is available in 16GB and 64GB storage options. It’s more powerful than the iPhone 5S, as you might expect and it offers great graphics. In terms of battery life, you’ll get around a day with normal use, but the Low Power Mode will help squeeze a few extra hours.

The iPhone 6S has a newer and faster chip on board with the A9 and M9 motion co-processor, supported by double the RAM at 2GB. It is faster than the iPhone 6 and as we mentioned previously, Touch ID is also quicker to respond. The battery is said to be 1715mAh, which is a little smaller than the iPhone 6, but we found performance is actually better than the iPhone 6.

The iPhone SE features the A9 chip and M9 motion co-processor like the iPhone 6S so as with the iPhone 6S, performance is great. There is 2GB of RAM and a battery capacity of what is thought to be 1642mAh, making it just shy of the iPhone 6S. We managed to get to 10pm with 20 per cent of battery left so the iPhone SE doesn’t do too bad.

Apple Pay is supported on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S but it wasn’t on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone SE also supports Apple Pay so no differences between big and small there.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Software

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S both come with iOS 9, as does the iPhone SE.

Ultimately, the iPhone SE offers almost the same experience as the iPhone 6 but with the addition of Live Photos. The one feature missing is the double-tap function that allows the top of the screen to be accessible with your thumb but as it is smaller, it’s not really necessary.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Conclusion

The Apple iPhone SE has some pretty interesting specs for its €449 starting price.

It may look like the iPhone 5S but it has the processing and graphics power of the flagship iPhone 6S, as well as its rear camera, despite being almost €249 cheaper.

The iPhone SE is essentially a smaller version of the the iPhone 6S, minus 3D Touch and a couple of other features such as a higher resolution front-facing camera. For those after a smaller iPhone, you aren’t comprising on much and you’re saving on the pennies. Bigger is normally always better, but sometimes great things come in small packages too, which is exactly the case for the iPhone SE.

iPhone 7: Updated release date, news and price rumours surrounding Apple’s next-generation smartphone

Can Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market? There are several online leaks and rumours hinting at what the tech giant has planned for iPhone 7

These excellent iPhone 7 concept images are the work of Netherlands-based graphic designer Yasser Farahi
These excellent iPhone 7 concept images are the work of Netherlands-based graphic designer Yasser Farahi

The iPhone 7 is undoubtedly one of the most hotly-anticipated gadgets of the year.

After last year’s iPhone 6s upgrade, tech fans are eager to see what the world’s most valuable company has planned for 2016.

And even thought the official announcement is months away, there are a host of rumours already circulating online.

These include predictions and comments from analysts through to leaked pictures supposedly showing early prototypes of the new iPhone.

Whatever Apple is building will have to work hard to keep pace with brand new phones from the likes of Samsung and LG.

We’ve gathered together all the latest news surrounding the phone into one place and will continue to update this as we learn more.

Imagined appearance: This might be what the iPhone 7 looks like- but it's not out 'til next year
Imagined appearance: This might be what the iPhone 7 looks like- but it’s not out ’til next year

Apple iPhone 7: Release date

Taking Apple’s release date history into account, it’s likely we’ll see the iPhone 7 officially revealed in September 2016.

Both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6 were revealed in September and Apple has no reason to change its strategy.

There’s also nothing wrong with taking advantage of Black Friday sales and the run up to Christmas.

The iPhone 7 could be even slimmer than the iPhone 6
The iPhone 7 could be even slimmer than the iPhone 6

If we had to be specific, we would estimate the announcement date for the iPhone 7 being on a Wednesday or a Thursday in either the first or second week of September.

The iPhone 6s announcement was held on September 9, 2015 and Apple could plan a repeat performance.

Apple iPhone 7: Design

Apple’s iPhone 6s has been a big hit for the technology giant – but it didn’t alter much when it came to design.

That could be about to change as rumours suggest next year’s model may drop the iconic home button on the front of the gadget.

Designers around the world are speculating on what Apple has planned and one artist, Marek Weidlich, has created an intriguing concept.

Is this what the iPhone 7 will look like?
Is this what the iPhone 7 will look like?

Weidlich has turned the entire front of the futuristic smartphone into a screen – leaving no home button or any visible bezel.

“I focused on simple design language which is very important for Apple,” Weidlich said.

“I designed a curved display without a bezel, and equipped with a software home button.”

Both Samsung and LG have embraced curvy screens with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the LG G Flex 2 respectively.

It’s unlikely Apple will follow suit but then the world’s most valuable company has frequently had a problem with bending phones.

Apple’s last two releases have been with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. This covers a broad range and the tech giant could decide to keep things as they are.


Dropping the headphone socket

Fans have been infuriated by new which claim to show a drastic change in one of the key features of the iPhone.

Pictures were obtained by the Taiwanese site Apple Club , which previously published the first schematics showing the protuding iPhone 6 camera lens, before being republished by 9to5Mac.

They appear to confirm rumours that Apple is set to remove the headphone socket from the iPhone 7.

If true, this will probably mean anyone who buys the next version of Apple’s iPhone will have to use wireless headphones or fork out for a pricey converter.


In January, the usual shadowy “supply chain sources” told a Chinese website that the 3.5 inch headphone jack will not be included on Apple’s next mobile.

Recently, these rumours have been fuelled by images of a case for the new phone that apparently show no hole for the headphone wires.

The pictures, spotted by Nowhereelse.fr after they were published on Twitter, seem to support the rumour that Apple will ditch the headphone socket.

There’s no hole in the case for where a headphone socket should be – instead there are just spaces for the charging port and speakers.

Of course, there’s no way of confirming the legitimacy of the case – but it serves as an interesting indicator for a potentially big design change.

Tech experts reckon that by removing the headphone socket, Apple engineers will be able to shave 1mm off the thickness of the phone.

Because the new iPhone will likely arrive with Apple’s yet-to-be-confirmed iOS 10 software and an upgraded processor, it will offer even more power and better efficiency.

Likely to be boasting a processor called the A10 chip, the iPhone 7 will surely boast more power – although it’s anyone’s guess as to how much this will translate into actual usage.

Apple iPhone 7: Specs

The iPhone 7 will likely come in different colours - including a gold version
The iPhone 7 will likely come in different colours – including a gold version

Because the new iPhone will likely arrive with Apple’s yet-to-be-confirmed iOS 10 software and an upgraded processor, it will offer even more power and better efficiency.

Likely to be boasting a processor called the A10 chip, the iPhone 7 will surely boast more power – although it’s anyone’s guess as to how much this will translate into actual usage.

Apple will pack the very latest technology into its new flagship handset
Apple will pack the very latest technology into its new flagship handset

At the moment, we don’t know what kind of battery the iPhone 7 will use – but at least there’s now a Low Power Mode built into iOS 9 to help it last even longer. We expect this will continue into an updated version of iOS.

According to Korean site ETNews, Apple is currently in discussion with arch-rival Samsung over supplying OLED screens for its next phone.

This would shift the display over from the current LED model to a much more vibrant OLED screen. Such a move would likely make for better colour reproduction for videos and games, but might hamper battery life.

However, one change could be a huge boon for Apple fans.

Waterproof iPhone

Constructed using liquidmetal, the iPhone 7 could be completely waterproof
Constructed using liquidmetal, the iPhone 7 could be completely waterproof

The misery of dropping your iPhone down the toilet could soon be over as the latest rumours suggest Apple’s next iPhone could be completely waterproof.

According to a report in the China-based Commercial Times , Apple is working on a new “compound material” that repels water for use in its forthcoming smartphone, which it is thought will be called the iPhone 7.

This new material will also reportedly remove the need for the two strips of plastic that run across the back of the current generation of iPhones to allow mobile signals to reach the antennas.

This suggests that the body of the next iPhone may not be made from metal at all, but some other kind of material that allows radio waves to pass through it.

Industrial designer Herman Haidin has taken a stab at predicting the next version of Apple’s handset and reckons the American tech giant could use a material known as ‘liquidmetal’.

Apple acquired a patent for liquidmetal back in 2010 and uses it to make the small SIM ejector tool that comes in each iPhone box.

The material itself is a type of alloy that’s tougher and more water-resistant than typical aluminium.

In the concept, Haidin envisions the iPhone 7 as a mere 3mm thick with a body formed of glass and liquidmetal.


There has also been some suggestion that the iPhone 7 could include a cutting-edge technology known as LiFi, that is capable of transmitting information at 100 times the speed of WiFi.

However, this is unlikely, given that LiFi is still in the early stages of development, and researchers don’t expect it to be ready for commercial use before the end of the decade.

Apple iPhone 7: Price

It’s unlikely that Apple’s main iPhone 7 will be any easier on the wallet than past variants.

Most experts reckon the new iPhone will start at €659 for a 16GB model, effectively taking the place of the current iPhone 6s – which will see an incremental drop in price.

If true, we could expect other models with larger storage – 64GB and 128GB most likely – to stick with the €769 and €869 prices.

iPhone 7: Apple Highly Likely To Stick To LCD Panels

The iPhone 7 (or whatever Apple chooses to call it) is unlikely to arrive until late 2016. Earlier, there were rumors that Apple would switch from LCD to AMOLED panels because the latter is far more power efficient. But reputed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said Apple will continue to use LCD panels in its next-gen iPhones. Even though AMOLED would have allowed Apple to increase display resolution while also enhancing battery life, there is a strong reason Apple would stick to LCD.


AMOLED is more expensive and difficult to manufacture

Apple has its eyes always fixed on high margins, so the company always strives to keep cost structures under control. Manufacturing components in high volumes at good yield rates is key to keeping costs down. According to a report from market research firm IHS, AMOLED panels are much more difficult and expensive to manufacture compared to LCDs.

The Motley Fool contributor Ashraf Eassa points out that the current iPhone displays are among the best available in the market. The Cupertino-based tech giant and its partners are working to enhance LCD efficiency and image quality. So, Apple is unlikely to switch to AMOLED anytime soon. Apple has been working on its in-house touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single chip solutions. But the company’s program was running behind schedule. Digitimes reported earlier this month that Apple had inked a deal with Synaptics for the supply of LCD driver chips to be used in the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 may not bring battery life improvements

Ming-Chi Kuo has learned from his sources that the iPhone 7 will be only 6mm to 6.5mm thick. If true, it would be a major challenge for Apple to incorporate a bigger battery in a slimmer device. Users have already been complaining about the smaller 1715mAh battery in the iPhone 6S. At best, we can expect a similar battery size as that in the iPhone 6S and LCD panels, which lags behind AMOLED in terms of power efficiency.

In its latest report, TrendForce said the iPhone 7 will have 3GB RAM. The device is also expected to be waterproof. Among other things, the iPhone 7 is widely rumored to feature a hexa-core A10 processor and iOS 10. TrendForce estimates that Apple would sell 260 million iPhones in 2016.

iPhone 6s Review

The iPhone 6s delivers the best smartphone experience for general users with better cameras, ease of use, feature-packed software and many other improvements across the board.

Apple’s iPhone 6s may not include the highest resolution screen and we still aren’t satisfied with the iPhone 6s battery life. But with a new 3D Touch feature that allows us to use common apps and features faster and the insanely fast Touch ID sensor, there is a lot to love.

Externally the iPhone 6s looks almost identical to the iPhone 6, but with smart new features, a more rugged design and improvements to key areas. As a result, the iPhone 6s earns a Gotta Be Mobile Editor’s Choice Award.

Is the iPhone 6s worth buying?

What We Like About the iPhone 6s

Here are the things we like about the iPhone 6s, after upgrading from the iPhone 6.

– Faster Performance & Touch ID
– Better Cameras on Front and Back
– 3D Touch: Speeds Up Access to Common Tasks
– Tougher, Slightly Easier to Grip Metal

What We Don’t Like About the iPhone 6s

Here are some areas the iPhone 6s falls short, including a common complaint from our time with the iPhone 6.

– iPhone 6s Battery Life is too short for Power Users
– 16GB of Storage Isn’t Enough

iPhone 6s Review: The Bottom Line

Apple boasts that, “The only thing that’s changed is Everything” in the iPhone 6s ads on TV. This is a bold claim for an iPhone “S” model that looks the same other than a new Rose Gold color option, but it is a fitting way to describe the upgrades that Apple includes with the iPhone 6s.


Even though many users will not need all the processing power packed into the new processor, it enables new Live Photos and 4K recording. The new cameras on the front and back of the iPhone 6s place the iPhone at the top of the class. It is easy to take good photos with the iPhone 6s, and that’s not something that we can say about every Android phone on the market.

Users who already own the iPhone 6 may not find enough reasons to upgrade to the new iPhone 6s, but for owners of the iPhone 5s or older this is an upgrade that delivers two year’s worth of important changes to users.

iPhone 6s Manual User Guide

iPhone 6s Manual User Guide has specially to guide you the functions and features of your Apple iPhone 6s. You can read or download here.

iPhone 6s is smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The devices are part of the iPhone series and were announced on September 9, 2015. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus jointly serve as successors to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6s Manual User Guide

The iPhone 6S is an evolution upon the iPhone 6, featuring improved hardware specifications, as well as 3D Touch a force-sensitive touchscreen.

iPhone 6s User Guide

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iPhone 7s Rumors

iPhone 7/ iPhone 7s Rumors and Update: iPhone 7 is all Gearing Up for Its Release On September 2016; Thinner Than Old iPhone Devices, Equipped with Wireless Charging

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has just launched in market and people are already speculating the design and upgrade that might be implemented in the upcoming Apple iPhone 7. If speculations are to be believed, iPhone 7 might hit the market on September 2016.
The new iPhone 7 is expected to have two different models with a 4.7-inch termed as iPhone 7 and a 5.5-inch model called the iPhone 7s. Also, the team is expected to bring about a whole new change in the physical model causing a complete remodel of the existing iPhone design. According to Mac World, there is also a possibility that iPhone models might possess better battery life, compared to that of its older models; however, Jony Ive has commented on the following factor that this possibility need not be given huge importance as most of the Apple models have greater battery life.

Unlike previous models, the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7s might have a sleek and thinner design, Tech Advisor reported. The team has applied patent for a slim headphone plug, which confirms that the new design could be thinner than the usual models. Going a step ahead, the much awaited Apple iPhone 7 and 7s might also offer huge built-in storage capacity plus a possibility that Apple will offer its consumers with wireless charging.
As a whole, since team Apple has been successful in gaining customer attention even before unveiling a product, if all the speculations and rumors sound to be true, then iPhone 7 and 7s is going to create yet another revolution in the smartphone world.

iPhone 6 Manual User Guide

Welcome to iPhone 6 User Guide section. If you want to know more about this new Apple’s smartphone please read this iPhone 6 user manual and user guide first. The new generation of iPhone has come. With the better design, the better software and the new features, iPhone 6 offers the new user experience. That is something that you should not be missed. As one of the most awaited smartphones in this year, iPhone 6 will never be disappointing. Deep inside it, you will what you will never see in the other smartphones.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Take a look to the iPhone 6 User Guide, there are many things to know about the new generation of iPhone. The smooth metal surface and the new Retina HD display will give you the best user experience. The new product design will remind you with the elegance of the iPhone. Classy and precious, all of them you will get in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Larger does not mean thicker. In the iPhone 6, larger can be made in the thinner design. The iPhone 6 is just 6.9 mm and the iPhone 6 plus is just 7.1 mm of thickness. Although they are big, they are the best iPhone generation. For this generation, offering the best comfort and the best user experience is just a certainty. The iPhone 6 is not just offering the bigger display. It also has the better display. The new Retina HD display allows the new iPhone to produce the better resolution. The 1334 x 750 display for the iPhone 6 and 1920 x 1080 display for the iPhone 6 plus will show you the better detail and the life graphic performance.

At the processor, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus has equipped with A8 chip with 64 bit architecture. The M8 motion coprocessor gathers data from the advance sensors to the new barometer efficiently. With the better camera, the new iPhone can record 1080p HD at 60 fps for sure.

The new iOS 8 is the secret of the better software. What you will get in the new iOS? The iPhone 6 User guide will show you about how the software works for you. The better look and the better user experience will help you to operate the smartphone easily. Message also equipped with the voice and video attachment feature. You just need to tap the phone to add your voice and video to any message. Users can also share their location, name the group chat and mute or leave the conversation whenever they want it.

One more interesting thing about iOS 8 is about the phone feature. This feature appears with the better look and become smarter now. If you want to make a call, you can do it only with a single tap just like the conventional method. But if you want to try something different, you can ask Siri to make a call for you. All you need is just telling it to Siri and it will do it for you. There also the new photo apps that will allow you to find, rediscover or edit your favorite photo with ease. With the user friendly OS and easy to use design, it makes iPhone 6 User tutorial looks unnecessary anymore.

iPhone 6 User Guide

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Apple fixes bendgate with new stronger, lighter frame for iPhone 6S

No more Bendgate ... Apple has designed the iPhone 6S to be stronger at its most vulnerable spot.
No more Bendgate … Apple has designed the iPhone 6S to be stronger at its most vulnerable spot.

A NEW video claiming to show leaked parts of the next Apple iPhone shows how the technology giant plans to kill Bendgate — the flaw in the iPhone 6 Plus design that had some people folding their giant smartphones.

The video at Unbox Therapy shows what is claimed to be leaked parts of the Apple iPhone 6S, the smaller of the two new iPhones that Apple is expected to unveil at a rumoured launch on September 9.

No More Bendgate

Shortly after the release of Apple’s first phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus, some customers complained that the 5.5-inch smartphone had a weakness in the frame that meant they bent if you applied force in a particular way, such as sitting on it.

Apple later admitted the problem although it said it was “extremely rare”.

The Unbox Therapy video out today shows the backplate for the iPhone 6S, the smaller of the new iPhones, compared with the backplate of the iPhone 6.

The new design is slightly bigger: 138.2mm tall by 67.16mm wide versus the current design of 138.09mm by 66.91mm. Yet despite the slight increase in size, the new frame is 2g lighter, suggesting that Apple is using a higher grade aluminium which it uses in the Apple Watch Sport.

The key design change means that the Apple iPhone 6 is stronger in its most vulnerable point.

The video today is a sign that Apple is keen not to have another Bendgate, although it should be viewed with a few qualifications.

Firstly, the leaked iPhone 6 backplate might not be a final version. Also, Bendgate was only a problem with the bigger phone, and the video does not show proof that the new design is across both models of iPhone.

iPhone Photography Awards Winners Revealed

From thousands of entries, the judges at IPPAwards select the top three photographers of the year and finalists in 19 categories

The iPhone Photography Awards, an international photography contest that fosters iPhone and mobile photography, has announced the winners of its eighth annual competition, with Michał Koralewski of Poland coming on top, and David Craik of the United Kingdom and American Yvonne Lu following the second and third spots respectively.

“It’s an incredible surprise for me to be given this award,” Koralewski tells TIME. “I’ve taken part in the IPPAwards contests for three years, and this is the first time I won something more than an honorable mention.”

Reviewing thousands of entries from all over the world, the jury selected the top three, as well as three winners in each of the 19 categories, which included travel, architecture, food and portrait. “This year’s entries were especially impressive ranging from intimate, thought-provoking moments to stunning, captivating imagery,” says the awards’ founder Kenan Aktulun.

Koralewski won best Photographer of the Year with the shoot Sounds of the Old Town, which depicts an elder accordionist playing traditional Polish songs in the market square of Warsaw. He captured the dreamy scene with an iPhone 5 equipped with a COVR photo lens – a sliding camera lens that allows photos to be taken discreetly from the waist.

First place, Sounds of the old town.
First place, Sounds of the old town.

As an amateur photographer, Koralewski enjoys the portability and low-profile nature of the device: “I have it with me all the time. It’s fast and always ready to use so I almost never miss the fleeting moment,” he says. “It allows me to stay almost invisible to the neighborhood when shooting.”

Craik won second prize with Cafe Birds, an image taken with his iPhone 5s in a café in Dorset, a fishing town in South England. “I’m overjoyed because I’ve finally won some recognition with a wildlife photo, and with an iPhone photo as well,” he says.

Second place, Cafe Birds.
Second place, Cafe Birds.

A self-taught photographer, Craik admits his “gut-wrenching passion” for wildlife inspired his shot. “I saw the birds, I saw the shadows on the wall, and I saw the corner of the table,” he says recalling the moment he noticed starlings reaching for crumbs on his table. “I saw this image happen in front of me.”

Craik applied minor edits to the photo using Pixlr to lighten it up. Although photo-editing apps were allowed in the contest, laptop post-production programs such as Photoshop were not.

With Before Sunset, an intimate photograph of a sleeping couple traveling by train along the Hudson River, photographer Yi-Chieh Lu – who goes by Yvonne – won third place. A fine art professional photographer, Lu relies on her phone mostly for street photography, as she values the “real-eye point-of-view” it provides, and praises the ability to share shots quickly on social media to reach a broad audience. Lu used VSCOcam to enhance her photograph.

Third place, Before Sunset.
Third place, Before Sunset.

Founded in 2007, the same year the iPhone was launched, the IPPAwards celebrates the power of the mobile device to produce valuable visual work.

The three winners learned to hone their skills through practice: “If you want to take a good photograph, first you need to cut out distractions in the background and focus on the essential parts of the frame. It’s especially important if you take photos with a smartphone,” says Koralewski who also encourages attention to light and experimenting with different angles for varying perspectives. The key is to be patient and to refrain from the natural instinct to rush, which might lead to blurry outcomes, Craik suggests while Lu reminds photographers to always have their iPhones with them. “Take your phone with you all the time, don’t put it in the bag!” suggests Lu. “That way, you can always capture beautiful moments just with your phone in hand.”

iPhone 5 Manual User Guide

iPhone 5 uses iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system. The user interface of iOS is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the iOS operating system and its multi-touch interface. Internal accelerometers are used by some applications to respond to shaking the device (one common result is the undo command) or rotating it vertically (one common result is switching from portrait to landscape mode).

iPhone 5 Manual User Guide

The iPhone 5 uses iOS 6, which was released on September 19, 2012. Many of the iPhone 5’s features that work specifically with the included new iOS 6.0 operating system, will only work in certain territories on release. Apple has said this is a rolling program, which will take longer to implement across more regions.

The phone can act as a hotspot, sharing its internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB, and also accesses the App Store, an online application distribution platform for iOS developed and maintained by Apple. The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple.

The iPhone 5 can play music, movies, television shows, ebooks, audiobooks, and podcasts and can sort its media library by songs, artists, albums, videos, playlists, genres, composers, podcasts, audiobooks, and compilations. Options are always presented alphabetically, except in playlists, which retain their order from iTunes. Users can rotate their device horizontally to landscape mode to access Cover Flow. Like on iTunes, this feature shows the different album covers in a scroll-through photo library. Scrolling is achieved by swiping a finger across the screen. Alternatively, headset controls can be used to pause, play, skip, and repeat tracks. On the 5, the volume can be changed with the included Apple Earphones, and the Voice Control feature can be used to identify a track, play songs in a playlist or by a specific artist, or create a Genius playlist.

Like the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 has Siri, that allows the user to operate the iPhone by spoken commands. For example, “What is the weather going to be like?” will generate a spoken response like “The weather is to be cloudy and rainy and drop to 54 degrees today”. For usability reasons, third-party applications cannot currently respond to voice commands. The commands given do not have to be formulated using rigidly determined wording; natural language can be used. Siri is accessed by holding down the home button rather than tapping it. The software was improved in iOS 6 to include the ability to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, dictate Facebook or Twitter updates, retrieve movie reviews and detailed sports statistics.