At a special event at San Francisco, Apple has finally announced the much awaited iPhone 5. As the rumours predicted, iPhone 5 comes with a taller screen that stretches to 4 inches. The new device also features LTE connectivity with a single chip but there’s more. Let’s take a closer look at the features of iPhone 5.
This is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever. It’s just 7.6mm thick, which is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S, 20% lighter than 4S at 112 grams.
iPhone 5 Tech Specs
- 4-inch display and 1136 x 640 resolution
- Retina display at 326 PPI
- LTE connectivity
- Apple A6 processor
- 8 megapixel camera with 3264×2448 resolution
- Panorama mode in camera
- Capture videos with 1080p resolution
- Front facing camera is now 720p
- Facetime over celluar networks
- iOS 6
- 8 hours of 3G or LTE talk time
- Lightning dock connector (80 % smaller than 30-pin connector)
- Two color choices – Black and white
Talking about the display, then this is the first time that Apple has increased the size of display. The new screen on the iPhone 5 is 4 inches with resolution of 1136 x 640 at 16 x 9 aspect ratio. It features 326 PPI retina display.
Because of the 4-inch display, there are now 5 rows of icons instead of the traditional 4 rows. All the apps in iLife suite have been updated to take advantage of the new screen. If you are wondering about those apps that do not take advantage of this new screen, then those apps will be centered on the screen and letterboxed on the sides. The developers will need to update the app for the compatibility with the new device.
The screen has 44% more color saturation and also supports sRGB color. Phil Schiller of Apple said that the “It’s now the most accurate display in the industry.” The touch sensors are built completely in the display, which uses in-cell technology, because of which the device is thinner.
The iPhone 5 features new A6 processor, which offers 2x faster CPU and 2X faster graphics capabilities.
The battery life of iPhone 5 is not affected by these upgrades. It features 8 hours of 3G or LTE talk time. 10 hours on WiFi browsing and and up to 225 hours of standby time.
The camera in the iPhone 5 has an 8 megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and a hybrid IR filter. It promises improved low light performance and 40% faster photo capture. Apple has added Panorama mode to its camera software. You can also take still photos while recording a video with a 1080p resolution.
There are three microphones in the iPhone 5, which supports HD voice. The loudspeaker has also been redesigned and its 20% smaller than before. The headphone jack has been repositioned to the bottom of the phone.
One more notable change that’s coming in the iPhone 5 is the all new Lightning dock connector, which replaces Apple’s traditional 30-pin dock connector. It’s 80 percent smaller than its predecessor. The new 8-pin connector offers a reversible design and improved durability. But don’t worry, all your existing accessories can still work, thanks to the adapter that converts 30-pin connector into 8-pin. Apple has not provided further details about this adapter and its not clear whether you’ll need to buy it separately or will it come with the package.
Coming to the OS part, iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6, as you may have guessed. It comes with improved phone call handling, Facebook integration, upgrades to Mail, Facetime, Safari and Siri.
The iPhone 5 will come with two color choices – Black and white. Pricing is as usual, $199 for the 16GB model on a two-year contract and $299 for 32GB, or $399 for the 64GB version.
Pre-order starts from September 14th and the shipping starts on September 21st. The first countries to get this new handset will be: US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The device will be launched on more countries from September 28th onwards.