Apple iPhone 5 Information Center
On September 12, 2012, Apple announced its 6th Generation iPhone, the iPhone 5. While Apple said nothing about the device prior to its official announcement, there were an unprecedented number of high-value leaks in preceding weeks, most of which turned out to be genuine.
The iPhone 5 looks very much like the iPhone 4 and 4S models before it, but taller and with a new largely aluminum backpiece. The touchscreen has been increased in size from 3.5 to 4-inches, the extra space used to extend the screen vertically; this results in a display that can accommodate an extra row of icons on the Home Screen and show 16:9 video quite nicely. Of course, new apps written for the larger screen will also be able to display more information. Apple has merged the touch sensor and the display, which results in a thinner panel, and increased color saturation by a reported 44%.
The iPhone 5 is powered by an Apple A6 processor, a new SoC with dual-core CPUs. The A6 appears to be a custom ARMv7s, and by all accounts it makes the device scream. A PowerVR SGX processor handles graphics.
The wireless technologies have also been upgraded. For carrier wireless support, the iPhone 5's transceivers can communicate with standard 3G networks, as well as HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and LTE. This makes the phone compatible with a wide range of carriers around the world, as well as those at home. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint each have LTE, though Sprint and AT&T don't yet service most of the U.S. with this higher-speed network. Verizon has the best LTE coverage at present. The Wi-Fi radio has also been updated to include support for dual-band Wi-Fi, making iPhone 5 capable of Wi-Fi connections up to 150Mbps.
The rear camera is still 8MP, but has been improved with new internal hardware, faster performance, and a more scratch resistent lens cover. The new camera can capture still photos while shooting video, and is capable of taking panorama photos without third-party apps. Video capture is 1080p HD. The FaceTime camera has been improved markedly, and can now capture 720p video.
Apple has abandoned the 30-pin Dock Connector seen on most Apple devices since 2003. The smaller, redesigned Dock Connector called Lightning will save space inside the device, but will require new Dock Connector accessories or Dock Connector adapters, which Apple sells for $29 and $39 respectively (the more expensive adapter has an attached USB cable).
Other features include iOS 6 (also available on older iPhones, iPod touches and iPad models), improved Siri, a new Maps application with turn-by-turn navigation, improved battery life and three microphones for better voice call and video sound capture and noise cancellation.
There were no changes to the price structure on contract or storage capacities. The iPhone 5 comes with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal flash memory for $199, $199, and $399 respectively.
The iPhone 5 is now available in the U.S. from supported carriers, Apple, and select third-party retailers. Through the end of October, it may be difficult to get your hands on the newest iPhone, so ordering and waiting is likely your best bet.
Apple iPhone 5 Specifications
- Apple A6 ARMv7s SoC
- 16GB, 32GB or 64GB Onboard Storage
- Dual-Core 1GHz Application CPUs
- 1GB DDR2 System Memory (RAM)
- 3-Core PowerVR SGX 543MP3 GPU
- 4-Inch IPS Retina Touchscreen
- iOS 6 Operating System
- 640 x 1136 Resolution, 326PPI
- Bluetooth 4.0 and A2DP
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless
- Siri-powered Voice-to-Text Input
- 3G (UMTS/EV-DO)
- GPS Receiver
- "4G" HSPA+/DC-HSDPA/LTE
- Smaller Lightning Dock Connector
- Accelerometer, Gyro & Compass
- Video Out via AirPlay, Adapters
- Weight: 3.95 Ounces
- iCloud, Push E-Mail, Contacts & Cal
- Size: 4.87" x 2.31" x 0.3" (HxWxD)
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Internal Li-Ion Battery
- Fingerprint Resistant Screen Coasting
- Up to 8 Hours Talk Time, 3G/4G Use