Apple Unveils iPhone 5; Thinner, Lighter, Faster With Taller 4-Inch Display, 4G LTE Support

After months of rumors and speculations, Apple has just unveiled their hotly anticipated sixth generation iPhone called iPhone 5 at today’s “It’s almost here” media event.

As rumored, iPhone 5 looks similar to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, but is thinner, lighter, faster, comes with a taller 4-inch screen with 1136×640 resolution.Here’s a list of new features and improvements:

Taller 4-Inch Display

The new iPhone comes with a bigger 4-inch display with 1136×640 resolution. The screen is longer but not wider than earlier iPhone models that came with 3.5-inch display.

The Home screen now comes with 5 rows of app icons instead of 4 rows (excluding the dock). You will also be able to play movies in full widescreen (16:9) format without any black bars at the top and bottom.

Two-tone Unibody Design

It is made entirely of glass and aluminium. The new iPhone looks similar to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, but it comes with a two-tone back plate with the central portion made of metal and remaining portion made of glass.

Ultra-Thin

iPhone 5 is 18% thinner than iPhone 4S, it is only 7.6mm thick, where as iPhone 4S is 9.3mm thick.

Lighter

It is also 20% lighter than iPhone 4S at only 112 grams.

Ultrafast Wireless

iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE networks around the world. It also supports HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. So unlike the new iPad, iPhone 5 will support LTE networks outside U.S. and Canada.

It can connect to Wi-Fi networks on 2.4ghz and 5ghz on 802.11n.

A6 Chip

iPhone 5 is powered by Apple’s next generation quad-core A6 chip. Apple claims it delivers up to 2 times faster performance and up to 2 times faster graphics compared to iPhone 4S A5 chip. The A6 chip is also 22% smaller.

Improved Battery Life

iPhone 5 comes with improved battery life, which is amazing when you consider that it comes with a faster processor, taller display and 4G radios.

  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

iSight Camera:

All-New 8-Megapixel Back Facing Camera:

iPhone 5 gets an all-new 8mp camera with backside illuminated, hybrid IR filter. It also comes with Dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, sapphire crystal, next gen ISP, spatial noise reduction, smart filter. It offers better low light performance and is 40% faster on photo capture.

It also comes with a new panorama mode, which will allow users to take panoramic photos.

FaceTime HD Camera:

iPhone 5 also comes with an improved front-facing HD camera. So you can make 720p HD calls to someone else’s iPad, iPod touch, iPhone or Mac with a FaceTime HD camera.

Improved Audio:

iPhone 5 comes with three microphones at the bottom, front and back.

It also comes with improved speaker design and comes with new feature called Wideband audio, which Apple says can fill up more of the frequency spectrum.

New Dock Connector

iPhone 5 comes with a new dock connector called Ligtning, which is 80% smaller than the 30-pin dock connector used in previous iOS devices. It has an adaptive interface and offers improved durability.

The new dock connector will offer much faster I/O connectivity and transfer rates than the 30-pin dock connector.

It will also offer orientation independence, so it will no longer matter which side is up when you insert it into the new iPhone like the MacSafe on the MacBook.

iOS 6

As you would expect, iPhone 6 comes preinstalled with iOS 6 that includes over 200 new features.

Color Options:

No surprises here, iPhone 5 will come in black and white.

Storage Capacities:

iPhone 5 will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage capacities.

Pricing:

iPhone 5 will be available for $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, $399 for the 64GB model for a two-year contract.

Apple has also announced that 16GB iPhone 4S will be available for $99 and 8GB iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract.

Availability:

iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore on September 14th and will be launching on September 21 and will be launching in more countries on September 28.

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