iPhone 5 announced, includes larger screen, A6 processor, 4G LTE, and more
This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.
Apple held a keynote today, where they announced the next generation of the highly proclaimed iPhone. Dubbed “iPhone 5”, this new phone is simply stellar. With many new features and hardware changes, the iPhone 5 announcement lived up to the high amounts of anticipation from investors and consumers.
First thing is first: the screen. Rumors have been floating around about a larger screen appearing on the iPhone 5. These rumors were, in fact, correct; the iPhone 5 sports a 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136x640. Compare that to the iPhone 4S, which has a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 960x640. As you can tell from the resolution, the widths of the screen and device were left unchanged (to ensure comfortable one-handed use). The entire phone was made 0.37 inches taller to accommodate for a slightly taller screen. Despite a small number of claims that suggested Apple would sacrifice a small amount of quality to increase screen size, the display actually retains the full Retina effect with 326 ppi, just like its Retina iPhone 4S and 4 predecessors.
The iPhone 5 was slightly redesigned. The sides of the device are now a brushed color of either black or white, compared to silver aluminum. Additionally, the sides are smaller, decreasing the overall thickness of the device to 7.6mm (compared to the 9.3mm thickness of the iPhone 4S). One aspect that I find absolutely remarkable is the weight. The new iPhone weighs only 3.95 ounces, compared to the iPhone 4S’ weight of 4.9 ounces. This makes the iPhone 5 20% lighter and 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S!
4G LTE was finally added to the iPhone. Apple claims that they have developed a way to include LTE in the iPhone without sacrificing thickness and battery life. The iPhone 5 also includes dual-band WiFi, now including 5GHz (compared to the standalone 2.4GHz) for faster connectivity.
Apple designed a brand new processor, dubbed as the “A6” chip. According to Apple, the A6 chip is up to twice as fast as the A5 chip found in the iPhone 4S. The new chip is also supposed to be power efficient.
Speaking of power efficient, Apple boasted about the iPhone 5’s battery life. The numbers are something to boast about: 8 hours of LTE browsing, 8 hours of talk, and 10 hours of video playback. The iPhone 5 gained 2 hours of mobile broadband browsing time, as the iPhone 4S was rated for only 6 hours of 3G browsing.
The iPhone 5 is receiving a new Panorama feature, which will allow users to create beautiful panoramic photos by simply scrolling your phone across a landscape. Traditionally, panoramic photos are created through individual snapshots. The problem is that if the snapshots don’t line up perfectly, the panoramic photo turns out distorted on the edges. With Apple’s method, you don’t need to snap individual photos; simply act like you’re taking a video of the landscape and the iPhone will build a beautiful panoramic photo from the information that it gathered. Additional improvements to the camera on the iPhone 5 includes a 40% faster photo capture speed, better low-light performance, improved noise reduction, improved stabilization, face detection for up to 10 faces, and the ability to take photos as you record a video.
Also following a rumor is a new connector for syncing. Apple calls it “Lightning connector”. Apple says that they needed to replace the 30-pin connector in order to make the iPhone 5 thinner, lighter, and faster. If you have an accessory that uses the standard 30-pin connector, Apple sells a 30-pin Adapter ($29.00, available in October) that can be used so that your accessories will still work.
Shipping with the iPhone 5 is a new, redesigned pair of headphones. We previously reported on leaked images that claimed to be of redesigned Apple ear buds. That leak turned out to be true…the redesigned ear buds are called “EarPods”. Apple claims that these redesigned headphones are more comfortable to wear and have much better sound quality.
The iPhone 5 is available in two color options: “Black & Slate” and “White & Sliver”. The “Slate” and “Silver” part of the names describe the back of the phone. Three capacity options are available: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399 (prices include 2-year contract). AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless will carry the phone. Pre-orders start online on September 14. The iPhone 5 officially goes on sale at Apple Retail Stores on September 21 at 8:00 a.m.
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