Apple iPhone 5 – Yes or No for those with Autism?

I-Phone 5

The iPhone 5 is not just a slightly prettier version of the iPhone 4. Apple actually made a couple of major improvements to the new iPhone on the market.


Yes, it is sleek and sexy with its streamlined aluminum construction. Yes, it is smaller and thinner, which makes it easier to hold in your hand and navigate, but the differences are more than just surface issues.

While size can matter, everyone knows that what lies beneath the surface of a smart phone is of far greater importance. The iPhone 5 is a full 100% faster than the iPhone 4, which is a rather impressive leap in speed. Apple also fully doubled the memory to 1 GB.



However, while many Apple product devotees are espousing the virtues of the iPhone 5, many of its critics say that the phone’s drawbacks are enough to make its value questionable. Some of these things may just boil down to user preference and needs, which can vary greatly from one person to the next. While many iPhone users will love its lightweight aluminum design, others will complain that it demands a case because it will be easily damaged without one. If someone with autism has issues with repetitive behaviors such as banging objects they are holding, or coordination skills that make them prone to dropping things, this phone may not withstand their use.

Some critics feel that the iPhone 5 may actually be too light, not easily felt in a pocket, and therefore, easy to miss it if it slips out. This may be of particular concern with autistic users who may be unaware of the lost phone or unsure about how to retrace their steps to look for it.
While some prefer its small size, others don’t like that the screen is smaller than the screens offered on Samsung Galaxy phones. Again, for people with autism who are dealing with small motor skill issues, the smaller size is not necessarily beneficial and may make it harder for them to activate apps, use the touch keyboard, or make phone calls.

Other than that, there are several potential glitches that no user will appreciate and may be especially unbearable when coupled with the sensory issues so common with autism. Many users report issues with poor Wi-Fi connectivity, camera glitches that cause a purplish hue to appear in pictures, and bubbles forming on the touch screen. The most frustrating glitch, which can potentially render the phone unusable for many features, is that the keyboard can develop flickering lines or blurred keys. Anyone dealing with visual sensory issues may experience extreme anxiety or distress from this.

While all phones have their strengths and weaknesses, these are some pretty serious flaws for such an expensive phone. While many users would find these glitches and shortcomings unacceptable, people with autism have even more reason to look elsewhere for a phone. There are plenty available that don’t have so many issues that are incompatible with motor skill difficulties and sensory issues.


Product Type Smartphone
Wi-Fi Yes
Contract Type SIM-free
Built-in Flash Yes
Main Screen Resolution 1136 x 640
Main Screen Size 10.2 cm (4″)
Battery Talk Time 8 Hour
Weight (Approximate)112.0 gr