Well if you missed all the news that Apple let slip on their website, the iPhone 5 is now officially with us. It’s got everything the 4S has — but thinner, lighter, better, and smaller. This article is scattered to say the least so bear with me whilst I try to collate the masses of information from the Apple 2012 Announcement.
Apples Media Event on the 12th September certainly hasn’t disappointed and it’s been busy to say the least. With the new iPhone 5 a massive and long overdue update to iTunes the media event clocked in at 1hr 45 mins. Here’s the main information about the iPhone 5 you’ll be interested in.
iPhone 5 Hardware Specs
- A6 processor, 22% smaller, energy-efficient
- 1136 x 640 resolution, same width, but taller. 4″ diagonal
- Ultrafast Wireless, GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE
- 5ghz Wifi
- 3 microphones, front, back and bottom
- Made entirely of glass and aluminium
- Available in black and white
- New Lightning Connector
iPhone 5 Camera Specs
The focus is on low-light photo capture — i.e. for many phone situations in the real world also Panorama mode. Just sweep your scene. You get remarkable photographs. Just pan and the phone creates the transitions automatically.
- 8MP sensor
- 1080p Rear facing camera
- 720p front facing camera
- 3264 x 2448
- Backside illumination
- Hybrid IR Filter
- Five Element lens
- F/2.3 aperture
- 1080p with better video stabilization, face recognition, and photos too
iPhone 5 Battery Life
It’s the same or indeed better than the 4gs and with all that power.
- 3g Talk Time 8 Hours
- 3g Browsing 8 Hours
- LTE browsing 8 Hours
- Wifi Browsing 10 Hours
- Video 10 Hours
- Music 40 Hours
- Standby 225 Hours
The New iPhone 5 Lightning Connector
The original connector introduced in 2003 and its time for a change, You’re either cheering or weeping right now.
- 80% smaller. All digital 8-signal
- 30-pin to Lightning adapter will be available
iPhone 5 4G Compatibility
Europe: DT, EE (everything everywhere)
Available in the US on ATT, Verizon, Sprint…still no T-Mobile
Asia: KDDI SoftBan, KT, SK Telecom, SmartTone
Canada: Rogers, Telus, Bell, Fido, Virgin
US: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon — all with LTE support
iPhone 5 Pricing (USA)
Price changes mean they aren’t far off the Amazon premise of having an iPhone being the best phone at every price point
New contract pricing is $199 for 16GB
$299 for 32 GB
$399 for 64 GB
Same price as the 4S (on contract), 4S is now the $99 iPhone, the mere mortal iPhone 4 is now free.
iPhone 4 is now free on contract, and 4S is $99
Pre orders for the iPhone 5 start on 14 September, shipping 21 Sept for the following countries
US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore
with 20 more countries getting iPhone joy in October 2012
iOS 6 due for release for 3GS and newer and iPad and newer get iOS 6 on Sept 19
Other event notes
The phone offers 44% more color saturation.
Full “SRGB” rendering http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SRGB
Touch is integrated into the display to provide sharper results, less glare in sunlight
iPhone 5 Apps
All the iWork apps have been updated to take advantage of the enhanced display
- Old apps run letter boxed
- iMovie and Garageband also updated
- First party apps are optimised to take advantage of the new screen size.
- A few developers got early sneak peeks and their apps are already 5-optimized.
- CNN expanded their presentation to show more text. OpenTable’s photo galleries are there too.
- Ducati have designed an app to take full advantage of the real estate.
Cook: “As you carry your phone, it should fit beautifully in your hand”