Apple has finally unveiled the newest addition to the iPhone generation which is the iPhone 5. Speculations and rumors are now over as the company finally launched and revealed the detailed specifications, design improvements and hardware enhancements on the newest Smartphone.
The dimensions of the iPhone 5 are slightly different from the iPhone 4S in the subject of height, thickness and weight. The iPhone 5 is 4.87 inches in height which is 0.33 inches or 8.68 mm higher than the previous model. This gave room to its new and bigger 4-inch retina display. It is also about 0.07 inches or 1.7 mm thinner and 28 grams lighter than the said iPhone 4S.
The processor has also been upgraded to Apples’ own A6 processor which doubles the functioning speed and the overall performance of the handset compared to the Apple A5 that was installed on the previous 4S model. It is also equipped with 1GB of RAM and an internal ROM of 59.6 GB along with the latest iOS 6.0.
The mobile phone integrates a much higher display which is a 4-inch Retina touch screen with features such as widescreen multi touch display, 16:9 aspect ratio, 640 x 1136 pixels at 326 pixels per inch resolution and a fingerprint resistant coating on the front.
As expected, the unit is loaded with a front and back camera. The rear or the back iSight camera is kept at 8-megapixel with backside illumination feature, f/2.4 aperture, hybrid ID Filter and face recognition. With the addition of a dynamic lighting feature, it will allow you to initiate photo applications up to 2 times faster. Furthermore, the image signal processor is added in the A6 chip, this will reduce the noise and as well as a smart filter that provides better photos even in low lighting conditions. A panoramic mode is added that will combine shots together in one large 28-megapixel photo. The back snapper can record a full HD (1080p) video, while the front facing camera can record a video at 720p HD.
This latest iPhone from Apple is incorporated with a 4G LTE chip and a CDMA chip that boosts the web browsing capacity of the phone. LTE is an advancement of the 4G technology that were integrated in the previous iPhone 4 and 4S models. Apple stated that with the LTE chip, the connection will speed up but it is also dependent on the network carrier as well as their area of coverage.
The iPhone 5 now supports 4G LTE networks, but will only be limited to few network providers. Still it carries, GPRS, EDGE, GSM, CDMA, EV-DO and HSDPA networks. The LTE has a dynamic antenna that will automatically switch from different network connections.
As the display was being enhanced, the audio quality of the said phone is also improved. The headphones also received a new look as well as design which now fits perfectly inside ones ear, thus ensuring that it will stay comfortably and snugly while it delivers excellent sound.
Audio recording has also been enhanced. The phone now has three microphones installed, one on the front, back and at the bottom. Both back and front microphones work harmoniously to help the phone emphasize the sound. It is also installed with a new noise cancellation technology which helps eliminate background noise.
Apple claims that the iPhone 5 has a much improved battery life than its predecessor. It is said to last 8 hours on 3G talk and browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi and video playback, 40 hours of music and 225 hours in standby mode.
The new iPhone has replaced the 30-pin dock connector with a new, smaller connector termed as the “Lightning”. It is also built with an all digital, eight signal and reversible designed dock connector. The old Apple gadgets with 30-pin connectors will not be compatible with the said phone unless you have an adapter which can be bought separately.
The iPhone 5 will be available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions which will all come in black and white variations. Prices of the said phone may vary depending on the model. Prices may start £529 for the 16GB.