We have all become accustomed to the annual announcement of next incarnation of iPhone. Yesterday saw such announcement, the new iPhone 5 was announced to the world. The new phone boasts an all new screen size making it the first time ever that Apple have tampered with the size of the screen. In addition to the all new 4 inch retina display the iPhone 5 is being dubbed by Apple as the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever. Other noticeable changes are the new anodised aluminium back casing which replaces the glass back from the previous model. Also the 30 pin connector that we have seen across nearly all of Apple’s products including the iPad, iPhone, iTouch, iPod has been replaced with an all new lighting connector which is 80% smaller then its predecessor. The iPhone 5 will be priced at the same tiers as the iPhone 4S. Pre-orders begin on Friday, September 14 with shipping hitting on September 21 to the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. More on the reverse.
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Our friends at Hypebeast have kinda broken down the key new features of the iPhone 5
Touted by Apple as the world’s “thinnest smartphone,” the phone weighs in at 112 grams and is 7.6mm thick and 18% thinner than before. Taller than the previous generation phones, the iPhone 5 boasts a 326ppi Retina display with a four inch screen at 1136 x 640 resolution. The screen is the same width as previous models yet slightly taller. Offered in two colors, white or black, the white body style will feature an aluminum backing while the black iteration will feature a black anodized backing.
The increased screen size also bumps up your springboard space bringing about five rows of icons in addition to the shortcut bottom row. All of the Apple first party Apps have been updated to be optimized for the new screen including the iWork suite as well as iMovie and GarageBand.
Numerically, the iPhone 5 takes it to the next step and includes a powerful A6 Processor inside which is expected to bring 2x CPU processing as well as 2x graphics performance while still consuming less energy. The A6 processor is 22% smaller than the previously installed A5 processor.
The iPhone 5 will run on LTE — meaning the phone will operate on the fastest cellular data network around. For U.S. cell phone providers, you can expect Sprint, AT&T and Verizon to run the iPhone 5 on LTE initially.
Apple has improved the battery life of the new iPhone with an expected talk time and browsing time of eight hours on 3G or LTE while WiFi will run you about 10-hours talk time/browsing.
The phone’s camera has been slightly downsized (approximately 25% thinner), although it features the same iPhone 4S, 8-megapixel camera at an f/2.4 aperture. It also features a dynamic low light mode intended to improve image quality within low light conditions. Video has been improved to film at 1080p with face detection, improved image stabilization and the user can also take photos while filming video. The front facing camera will film at an improved 720p, for HD FaceTime and will also include backside illumination.
New “Lightning” Dock Connector:
Perhaps one of the most notable changes of the iPhone 5 is the creation of a new connector which is being called, “Lightning.” Doing away with the old iPod connector, Lightning is 80% smaller than the previous connector and is reversible creating a more user friendly, ease-of-use.