Can you tell the difference between iPhone 4S and iPhone 5?

The new iPhone 5 was announced on Wednesday, but members of the general public can't actually buy the next iOS smartphone from Apple until September 21st. But the iPhone 4S is still on sale and it appears that lots of people can't tell the difference.

The late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live showed a segment on Wednesday night, later uploaded on YouTube, that shows that people on the street, told that a iPhone 4S unit is in fact the iPhone 5, make lots of flat out wrong judgements.

The video is filled with people who claim that the "new" iPhone 5 model is faster, lighter, brighter, has a larger screen and more. A man who holds his own iPhone 4S next to the "iPhone 5" claims that the new version is lighter and better constructed. Another person says that the device is "way better" than the iPhone 4S.

All in all, it shows that at least some consumers simply don't have the ability to figure out when they are being told a fib. It reminds us of the time a person bought an iPad from someone on the street and later found out it was just a piece of wood.

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube page

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Considering anyone who has seen the iPhone 5 can see there's a massive design difference between the 4S and 5, it's obvious that these people are assuming the lie is true because they haven't seen it. It's like telling someone the old model Aston Martin is a new one... Most people haven't kept up to date with it to know so could easily believe it. And the placebo effect essentially takes place. I don't find this sort of video funny, and Conan really sucks ass anyway. But all that's highlighted here is lack of info in people's minds. When iPhone 5 hits shelves people will see the clear difference in design. Anyone here who can't see it is insulting Neowin's general average IQ levels...

If you went out there with a normal tetleys tea bag, and told them this tea bag had been redesigned to give a better taste and let eveyrone do a taste test guess what would happen?

Yeh, everyone would think it tastes better. It's called suggestion. Even more so in these cases because they are being filmed they are pressured into saying it's different/better!

Being a support technician in a nation-wide lawfirm, I can tell you these types of people not only exist, they are 95% of the population.

As much as the commercial gave me a good chuckle, even though I'm an iPhone 4 (soon-to-be iPhone 5) owner and love it, this just illustrates how incredibly dumb the average Joe is, and how far Humanity has fallen.

In the end, quite sad actually... I pitty those people, not because they were too stupid to realize it wasn't an iPhone 5, but that they believe everything they're told, and cannot think for themselves anymore.

omgben said,

It's sad that you think 5 random people represent a customer base.

that reminds me of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihorvo2tEuA
and yes, the majoraty user base (android, ios, wp, you name it) is quite uneducated and fool; a few days ago i saw that one of my clients bought an S3 because "it was the most expensive phone on the website so it must be good" - didn't even know that it could use emails on the phone, neverminding apps

And in the second short, they show you the other 50 guys that they filtered out of the video for going "umm no this is the same iPhone."
Notice how they only show the same 4-5 people over and over?

a0me said,
And in the second short, they show you the other 50 guys that they filtered out of the video for going "umm no this is the same iPhone."
Notice how they only show the same 4-5 people over and over?

What second short?

Simple flaw in this. How many non-technically oriented people pay any attention whatsoever to the announcement of the new version and won't know that the iPhone 5 looks different, or even be able to reliably distinguish any of the different models by model number regardless? Most people looking at this iPhone 4S in the street wouldn't know what the iPhone 5 looks like. With Apple probably a larger minority than for any competing product, but still nonetheless a minority.

One of the guys even say they own the 4S... and he still thinks the 4S is better than his 4S...

It's simple human nature and not surprising at all. You can see countless experiments with other products with the same results.

singularity87 said,
Simple flaw in this. How many non-technically oriented people pay any attention whatsoever to the announcement of the new version and won't know that the iPhone 5 looks different, or even be able to reliably distinguish any of the different models by model number regardless?

Seeing that the new iPhone announcement was all over the news and internet, I think a vast majority of the people knew about the 5.

I did these vox pops (street interviews with random people) myself for Dutch television.

How it works: I'm being send out into the city to get a certain result. In this case get people to say they notice tons of differences with the new iPhone when they actually are using the current model which obviously hasn't seen any chances. In short, you want people to look dumb.

What actually happens: I get onto the streets asking people what they think of the supposedly new iPhone. Of the fifty people I put in front of the camera the majority will react with "What the hell, I don't see any differences?!". Sucks for me because it's not usable for my item. But then you always have a few of these windbags who want to show off in front of the camera and try to look smart or simply don't have a clue about the product to begin with. Bingo! If I'm not lucky enough I'll just ask random people to act or ask some colleagues/friends.

What I do when editing: I cut out the 45 people saying "What the hell, I don't see any differences?!" and put those 5 windbags and/or "actors" in a row.

Done!

Dude, we don't need to know the details.... Let us all laugh at Apple Users......lol

.Neo said,
I did these vox pops (street interviews with random people) myself for Dutch television.

How it works: I'm being send out into the city to get a certain result. In this case get people to say they notice tons of differences with the new iPhone when they actually are using the current model which obviously hasn't seen any chances. In short, you want people to look dumb.

What actually happens: I get onto the streets asking people what they think of the supposedly new iPhone. Of the fifty people I put in front of the camera the majority will react with "What the hell, I don't see any differences?!". Sucks for me because it's not usable for my item. But then you always have a few of these windbags who want to show off in front of the camera and try to look smart or simply don't have a clue about the product to begin with. Bingo! If I'm not lucky enough I'll just ask random people to act or ask some colleagues/friends.

What I do when editing: I cut out the 45 people saying "What the hell, I don't see any differences?!" and put those 5 windbags and/or "actors" in a row.

Done!

jesseinsf said,
Dude, we don't need to know the details.... Let us all laugh at Apple Users......lol

Laughing at those ignorant Apple users, while preferring to stay ignorant yourself.

Gotta love the irony!

.Neo said,
I did these vox pops (street interviews with random people) myself for Dutch television.

How it works: I'm being send out into the city to get a certain result. In this case get people to say they notice tons of differences with the new iPhone when they actually are using the current model which obviously hasn't seen any chances. In short, you want people to look dumb.

What actually happens: I get onto the streets asking people what they think of the supposedly new iPhone. Of the fifty people I put in front of the camera the majority will react with "What the hell, I don't see any differences?!". Sucks for me because it's not usable for my item. But then you always have a few of these windbags who want to show off in front of the camera and try to look smart or simply don't have a clue about the product to begin with. Bingo! If I'm not lucky enough I'll just ask random people to act or ask some colleagues/friends.

What I do when editing: I cut out the 45 people saying "What the hell, I don't see any differences?!" and put those 5 windbags and/or "actors" in a row.

Done!


So because you do it this way its done like this everywhere?

Sorry but no.

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.Neo said,
The commercials seen so far are mainly targeted at Americans. So yeah...

Stupidity is a privilege, stop abusing the privilege.

At first i thought they just found people who didn't know any better. But most of these people already had the 4S. Wow. Maybe they forgot what it looks like when its not inside a huge case

Nope, it's just a throwaway society, today's must have is tomorrows useless hunk of junk. Most are too brainwashed by commercials to see past the hyperbole that's launched at them by the likes of Apple to even consider NOT getting the latest thing they DON'T need and which ISN'T going to make a blind bit of difference in their lives.

Just to note it's not just Apple that do this ALL top companies do it, Apple just come close to the top of the marketing hyperbole pyramid.

Loved it! Though most of them must have thought Apple were doing the same again, like between the 4 and the 4S. Though most people who follow the news could tell.

It's pretty easy to identify between a 4 and a 4S when the sides are visible, and very easy to know the 5 if you know what you're looking for.

Oh Apple, only successful cause the general public is too stupid tor realize you sell outdated and garbagey hardware. I bet the new one doesnt even have reinforced glass.

Beyond Godlike said,
Oh Apple, only successful cause the general public is too stupid tor realize you sell outdated and garbagey hardware. I bet the new one doesnt even have reinforced glass.

Yeah Apple those ******* that advertise things way better than they are, not unlike the rest of companies whose only concern is to give us products made with their soul....sorry can't keep up being more sarcastic....GMAB reinforced glass? do you realize they are selling phones not windshields or bathroom doors right? is called gorilla glass and is used not only by them.

Beyond Godlike said,
Oh Apple, only successful cause the general public is too stupid tor realize you sell outdated and garbagey hardware. I bet the new one doesnt even have reinforced glass.

Garbagey hardware? Outdated? Funny... iPhone 5 is constructed to higher standards with higher grade materials and design than any phone on the market or any phone that will come out in at least the next year.

You just made everyone think you're a massive tool. Well done

Spirit Dave said,

Garbagey hardware? Outdated? Funny... iPhone 5 is constructed to higher standards with higher grade materials and design than any phone on the market or any phone that will come out in at least the next year.

You just made everyone think you're a massive tool. Well done

LOL..wrong..ill bite even though you must have no technical knowledge to even have made such a stupid claim.

Barring the fact that all the 'new' features of iOS 6 have been available on android for years...

Apple products are simply known for using last generation hardware. Apple is a year late to climb onboard the LTE train...and the phone cant even use data and voice at the same time..pathetic..but thats your idea of 'high standards'.

When you look at their overpriced facebook notebooks, last years hardware being sold at current gaming hardware prices...

ANYONE going after their products really have no idea about tech.

As for the reinforced glass, most people i know with iphones have cracked screens. You think theyd address that concern, but i guess since they know their users are uneducated on how badly their being ripped off, they want the phones breaking so ppl buy new ones.

So Maybe theyre not windshields...but the fact that the phone cant handle a simple drop from the hand when the competition can take twice the fall is rather sad.

Beyond Godlike said,

LOL..wrong..ill bite even though you must have no technical knowledge to even have made such a stupid claim.

Barring the fact that all the 'new' features of iOS 6 have been available on android for years...

Apple products are simply known for using last generation hardware. Apple is a year late to climb onboard the LTE train...and the phone cant even use data and voice at the same time..pathetic..but thats your idea of 'high standards'.

When you look at their overpriced facebook notebooks, last years hardware being sold at current gaming hardware prices...

ANYONE going after their products really have no idea about tech.

As for the reinforced glass, most people i know with iphones have cracked screens. You think theyd address that concern, but i guess since they know their users are uneducated on how badly their being ripped off, they want the phones breaking so ppl buy new ones.

So Maybe theyre not windshields...but the fact that the phone cant handle a simple drop from the hand when the competition can take twice the fall is rather sad.

Most of the people you know must be huge douchebags for dropping their phones too much then. Because my iPhone 4 has hit concrete three times and it's not cracked once.

Regarding NFC, don't be an idiot. Apple didn't put it in because it's not a big enough standard to waste money on putting in.

LTE, data and voice ... erm, right ... 1) No one cares ... 2) It'd up the cost to add a third antenna.

YOU have ZERO idea about the hardware, the technology, or the class of these products. You are the tool I said you were.

Apple's phone is hands down the best looking phone on the market, has the best screen by a massive leap, and is made with manufacturing processes and materials the other manufacturers wish they could do. Tell you why ... no one would buy a Samsung phone with the extra cost it'd include to make it a high quality device. You do realise that Samsung devices are made out of cheap material right? You do know that if you own one, you've bought a really average quality piece of hardware right?

I sure hope you didn't waste your cash on a dull screened, cheap plastic device. Oh I hope you didn't. If you did, I pity you. I really truly do

Poor little boy. Aww.

Spirit Dave said,
....

Sounds like a bunch of excuses from someone trying to defend ignorance.

NFC is pointless right now? Since it's used to transfer more than just financial transactions, I'd say it's pretty stupid to not include it. See: every other phone with NFC

Nobody cares about voice and data? Didn't seem to be the case when Verizon and AT&T were battling it out years ago. I'll bet back then you probably thought "why would you need to talk/text and use any sort of data at the same time" yet, I'll bet you do now. How about those background updates, notifications, weather updates, and so on. In this day there is no reasonable excuse for not being able to do both voice and data simultaneously. Costs to add a third antenna? I Lol so hard I almost shat myself. And you claim to have in-depth knowledge of WIRELESS technology? Interesting. In that case, you should know that it has nothing to do with thme adding another antenna (this isn't a stereo) this has to do with the crap hardware ie. baseband chip, that Apple used. It's pathetic to say the least.

Now, maybe you shouldn't be so smug in your statement as to think you can pity someone else when you're more incorrect than they are.

KCRic said,

Sounds like a bunch of excuses from someone trying to defend ignorance.

NFC is pointless right now? Since it's used to transfer more than just financial transactions, I'd say it's pretty stupid to not include it. See: every other phone with NFC

Nobody cares about voice and data? Didn't seem to be the case when Verizon and AT&T were battling it out years ago. I'll bet back then you probably thought "why would you need to talk/text and use any sort of data at the same time" yet, I'll bet you do now. How about those background updates, notifications, weather updates, and so on. In this day there is no reasonable excuse for not being able to do both voice and data simultaneously. Costs to add a third antenna? I Lol so hard I almost shat myself. And you claim to have in-depth knowledge of WIRELESS technology? Interesting. In that case, you should know that it has nothing to do with thme adding another antenna (this isn't a stereo) this has to do with the crap hardware ie. baseband chip, that Apple used. It's pathetic to say the least.

Now, maybe you shouldn't be so smug in your statement as to think you can pity someone else when you're more incorrect than they are.

Well, I'm not. AT&T has voice/data ... and not only that, but NFC is barely used anywhere right now. 'Stupid not to include it' ... right. So you're smart, and Apple, the worlds most valuable company who puts out products that you couldn't even dream of creating, is stupid? Yeah ... all those really dumb decisions they've made ... they'll go bust before you know it. You're an incredibly silly boy

omgben said,
This is great!

Especially since the actual iPhone shown to these people in the video is the iPhone 4, not the current iPhone 4S but the older iPhone 4.