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iPhone 5 Announced – Features, Specs, Price, Availability, All You Need to Know

Following months after months of rumors, speculations, predictions, leaks, and reports, Apple has finally lifted the curtain for its next-gen iPhone, the iPhone 5. For the uninitiated, today Apple conducted a press event that took place in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. It was largely speculated that the event will be the platform for the next iPhone's announcement, and it turned to be every bit as true. Perhaps what's surprising is the fact that the new iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5, when it was largely expected that Apple will pull a "new iPad" on us. Anyway in this post, we will try to cover everything that has been announced so far with regards to the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 Announced
If you have been keeping tabs regarding all the reports about the iPhone 5, then it is likely that the announcement hasn't caught you off guard. This is because as it turned out, the iPhone 5 isn't all that different from what the rumors, leaks, and mockups have indicated. As widely speculated, the new iPhone 5 comes with a new design update apart from the standard specs upgrade which effectively puts it in league without other high-end smartphones in the market.

iPhone 5 Design

Apple iPhone 5
Perhaps one of the most apparent features of the iPhone 5 is its design. The overall shape is still fairly similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S which is clearly an attempt to retain the finesse and class of the iPhone line. However, the iPhone 5 is still widely different on its own. It features a flat front / back and metal band, aluminum body and glass back. And of course, you can't discuss the changes on the iPhone 5 without mentioning the increased display size. The iPhone 5 comes with a 4-inch Retina Display capable of displaying resolution up to 1136 x 640 and with a pixel density of 326PPI.
Apple iPhone 5 VS iPhone 4S
So to put it in simpler terms, the iPhone 5 has the same width as the current iPhone 4S but it is obviously taller / longer. And because of this, to quote Phil Schiller, "you see, we're able to add a fifth row of icons." All of the iOS stock apps have been updated for the new resolution and screen size, while third-party apps that weren't updated yet will be letterboxed if needed.

iPhone 5 Display

iPhone 5 Display
Just like previous rumors have indicated, the new iPhone's display will feature in-cell touchscreen technology. This basically means that the touch sensors have been integrated right into the display itself. For that reason, Apple touts the new display to be the most accurate and most advanced display that the industry has seen. Besides that, the display features 44% more color saturation than the previous generation iPhone.

iPhone 5 Hardware

iPhone 5 Hardware
Apple has always this mantra to go "thinner and lighter", and the iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone that Apple has ever made. The iPhone 5 measures 7.6mm thick and weighs 112 grams. It is 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. Instead of having only a glass-only back like with the iPhone 4S, the new iPhone's back is two-toned: the glass components are located at the top and bottom of the device. The rest is now metal. This is a good design feature because the iPhone 4/4S's weak non-Gorilla Glass parts presented quite a bit of a problem.
iPhone 5 Hardware_1
The iconic Home button is still unchanged and sits at the center, just below the screen. Volume buttons are located on the left-hand side. The iPhone 5 has three microphones which sits at the back, front and at the bottom. Having multiple microphones gives way to better sound quality and improved noise cancellation.

iPhone 5 Specs

Apple iPhone 5 A6 Processor
Much of the iPhone 5's specifications is of considerable upgrade compared to the iPhone 4S, which is of course hardly surprising. And again as rumored, iPhone 5 is powered by an A6 processor which is touted to be twice as powerful as the iPhone 4S's A5 chip. With this all-new powerful process, you can trust that everything will load faster, including your apps, menu navigations, and of course, your games. The A6 processor itself is 22% smaller than the A5 but it is impressive that it is capable of twice the horse power.
Apple iPhone 5 A6 Chip
And because of this new A6 chip, general tasks such as launching apps, saving images, loading Music app, and viewing attachments will be a lot speedier. But what about battery life? Possibly due to the A6 chip, the battery life is improved as well but there is no clear indication of this yet. It is just that Apple claims that the new iPhone can browse the web at LTE speeds for about 8 hours, play video for 10, and 225 hours in standby mode. We're sure that most people are eager to know if battery life is indeed improved especially amidst all the upgrades.

iPhone 5 Connectivity

iPhone 5 4G LTE
Perhaps one of the most notable additions to the iPhone 5 (albeit not really shocking) is that it is 4G LTE capable. That is of course adding to the current support for GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA data networks. One can say that Apple has been late to the party when it comes to adopting 4G LTE especially when Windows Phones and Android smartphones have had this feature since late 2010. Having 4G LTE means faster browsing, streaming (even HD content), and pretty much all other web activities.

4G LTE on the iPhone 5 is capable of supporting speeds up to 100Mbps, as compared to HSPA+ of the iPhone 4S which is only restricted to 42Mbps. This is of course provided that your carrier supports LTE. American users have AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. For Canada there's Bell, Telus, Fido, Virgin, and Kudo. For Europe they have Deutsche Telekom and EE. In Asia the providers are Softbank, Smartone, Singtel, and SK Telecom. For Australia the choices are Telstra, Optus, and Virgin Mobile. The iPhone 5 will run on dual band 3.5G HDPA+ for carriers without LTE.

iPhone 5 Camera

iPhone 5 Camera
The iPhone 4S's camera is considered to be the best of its class when it was introduced last year. For the iPhone 5, it will come with a new 8-megapixel iSight camera. This new camera doesn't differ much from the iPhone 4S's which has features like f/2.4 aperture, five-element lens and backside illuminated sensor. The main difference is that it is 25% smaller yet it is capable of shooting pictures 40% faster. Apple claims that the lens now uses sapphire crystal which is thinner but more durable than glass. And with the A6 processor, the new camera will feature enhanced noise reduction and improved low-light performance.
iPhone 5 Camera Features
Fans of panoramic shots will surely love the new camera because a new panoramic stitch mode has been added to the camera app. Now, shooting wide vistas of up to 28 megapixels in size is now possible. The 1080p video capture has been highly improved as well with better face detection, image stabilization and the ability to take photos while shooting a video. The front-facing FaceTime camera has received an upgrade as well. It is now able to capture 720p HD videos, a considerable upgrade from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S's VGA cameras.

iPhone 5 Dock Connector

Apple iPhone 5 Dock Connector Lightning
With regards to iPhone 5 rumors, perhaps one of the most persistent ones is the smaller dock connector design. Apple revealed that they will be using a smaller version of the standard 30-pin dock connector, dubbed as "Lightning." The new dock connector is 80% smaller than the old design and it comes with an 8-pin connector which is reversible. As you may have guessed, this new proprietary design will not be compatible with the old connector, regardless if it is a first or third-party accessory. But don't fret, the fruit company said that they will be selling a special adapter to convert existing dock connectors to the new, smaller design.

iPhone 5 Price

iPhone 5 Price
The pricing for the iPhone 5 is something that doesn't differ much from the last three years that the iPhone has been released. With that said, the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models will cost $199, $299, and $399 respectively. Of course, this comes along with a two-year contract with carriers such as AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. The iPhone 5 will be available in two colors, black and white.

iPhone 5 Availability

iPhone 5 Availability
The iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order on September 14th and it will ship on September 21st. It will be available for pre-order in the following countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore

After the 28th of September, the iPhone 5 will be made available in 100 more countries all over the world.

And there you have it folks, the iPhone 5. This is just barely scratching the surface with regards to Apple's latest and greatest smartphone. As time goes by, more and more features and specifics will be revealed about the device. This post is meant to be an introduction to the iPhone that will once again sweep the world of tech.

So what do you think of the iPhone 5? [Images via TheVerge, CNet]

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