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Majority of consumers disappointed by iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is better than its predecessor in just about every way. It has a fast new A6 processor, a beautiful 4in display, a slimmer body, a brand-new operating system, a better camera, and 4G LTE connectivity.

Yet, despite its many improvements and the high praise it's gaining from the tech community, many consumers were hoping for more. In a flash poll of 1,135 Americans conducted after Apple's latest press event, found that 57 per cent of consumers were "disappointed" with the finished product.

According to the poll, the biggest gripe about the iPhone 5 is the new 8-pin dock connector. The new "Lightning" connector is much smaller than its predecessor and, consequently, incompatible with existing speaker docks, car adapters, and other iPhone accessories without buying a rather pricey £25 adapter. 53 per cent of respondents cited the new dock connector as one of the main reasons they are unhappy with the phone.

Another 26 per cent said they were unhappy with the smaller, Nano-styled SIM card that will replace the micro-SIM cards found in the older iPhone models.

21 per cent were disappointed that Apple is not offering a 128GB iPhone 5 model. Meanwhile, 39 per cent of those polled said that the latest iPhone "exceeded their expectations."

Consumers who liked the phone were most excited about its purported longer battery life, with 49 per cent citing this as one of the changes that caught their attention. Apple said the iPhone 5's battery life will top that of the iPhone 4S, with eight hours of talk time, 10 hours of video playback, 40 hours of music playback, eight hours of LTE browsing and 225 hours of standby.

Another 37 per cent said they were excited about the new panoramic photo option, while 13 per cent cited the ability to use FaceTime over cellular as well as Wi-Fi networks as the main attraction.