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Apple announces the iPhone 5
Here it is, folks! The moment we've all been waiting for. At the Apple press conference in San Francisco, the iPhone 5 was announced officially by Apple's Phil Schiller. And just as we expected, the smartphone has undergone some major changes, both in terms of appearance and hardware specifications.

To start, the iPhone 5 may have taken a few design cues from its predecessor and is made entirely of glass and aluminum, yet it now stands taller in order to accommodate its bigger, 4-inch Retina Display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Its screen resolution has been given a boost up to 1136 by 640 pixels for picture-perfect visuals even when held up close. Thanks to in-cell touch technology, the screen is thinner, sharper, and produces less glare under direct sunlight. And if that is not enough, the new display panel delivers 44% better color saturation an supports full sRGB rendering.

At the same time, Apple managed to shave off quite a bit from the waistline of its smartphone, which now boasts a thickness of only 7.6 millimeters, which makes it, without a doubt, the slimmest iPhone yet. What's also quite impressive is that the iPhone 5 weighs 112 grams, which is 20% less than the iPhone 4S. Width-wise, the new iPhone remains no wider than the previous iPhone model.

Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5

At last, the iPhone has been blessed with high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and it can reach speeds of up to 100Mbps, at least theoretically. As far as carriers go, the smartphone will be compatible with the AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint LTE networks in the U.S. For folks north of the border, Apple will release the iPhone 5 in partnership with Bell, Rogers, Telus, Fido, Virgin Mobile and Koodo. In addition to LTE, the iPhone 5 handles HSPA+ at up to 21Mbps and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps.

Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5


You can't have a high-end smartphone without equipping it with a high-end processor, right? That is exactly what Apple has done by putting a brand new A6 processor inside the iPhone 5, which has a CPU that is twice as fast as the one inside the A5 chip. The graphics performance has also been doubled when compared to what the A5's GPU is capable of, according to Apple. Real Racing 3 was demonstrated on stage showing off what eye-candy the iPhone 5 can deliver. At the same time, the A6 is physically smaller and more energy efficient than the A5.

Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5


Right above the screen on the new iPhone resides an upgraded front-facing camera with BSI sensor, which now can be used for FaceTime conversations in HD. Turn the iPhone 5 around and you'll find an 8-megapixel camera with a 5-element lens and f/2.4 aperture. At a glance, not much has changed in the camera department when compared to the iPhone 4S, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing since we know the predecessor can capture some pretty good-looking photos. What's new from a technical standpoint, however, is that the A6 chip now comes with a better image processor, which reduces the digital noise in photos. Additionally, the camera lens is now protected by a sapphire cover for better durability. On the software side, panorama mode has been added, and composite photos of up to 28 megapixels can be taken with its help. Unsurprisingly, the camera can take 1080p video at 30 frames per second, yet Apple brags that it has improved the video stabilization feature.

Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5


The audio system of the iPhone 5 has also been treated to an upgrade. After all, some people still talk on their phones! There are three microphones on the iPhone 5 in order to minimize background noise during calls and to capture clearer audio while shooting video. The speaker itself has a 5-magnet transducer for better performance. There's also what's being referred to as "wideband audio", which is supposed to make voices sound more natural during conversations, although it is a feature that carriers will have to support in order for it to work. At this time, at least 20 carriers will support the standard.

Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5


As it was predicted, the new iPhone sports a smaller, redesigned dock connector called Lightning, which is used for charging and connecting the smartphone to a computer. In case that bothers you, however, Apple will offer an adapter that makes the old 30-pin connector compatible with the new configuration. The new connector is reversible, meaning it doesn't matter in which direction it is being plugged. As a side note, Bose, JBL, Bowers & Wilkins, Bang & Olufsen and other companies are preparing audio accessories compatible with the new dock.

Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5


There may have been speculation as to how good the battery life of the new iPhone would be, yet Apple promises satisfactory results with the iPhone 5. The smartphone should be well capable of providing 8 hours of talk time or web browsing over 3G or LTE. If only Wi-Fi connectivity is being used, it will be 10 hours until the battery runs out of juice.

The icing on the cake is iOS 6, which the iPhone 5 will ship with. Simply put, you can expect around 200 new features to be available with the iPhone 5, including some major additions like Apple's new 3D maps with turn-by-turn navigation, deep Facebook integration, FaceTime over Cellular, and many more. To no surprise, a fifth row of icons has been added to the interface, and applications such as iWork, Keynote, Pages, Numbers have been updated, so that the software takes full advantage of the additional display real estate. Existing applications, however, will run letterboxed until they are updated.

Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5


“So how do I get one?” you ask. Well, one way to buy the iPhone 5 is by pre-ordering it from the online Apple Store on September 14, but in case you have the patience, purchasing it from a brick-and-mortar Apple outlet is also an option. The smartphone will hit the shelves on Friday, September 21, in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Pricing is set at $199 on-contract for the 16GB model, 32GB will cost you $100 more, and for $399 you will have a plentiful 64GB of on-board storage. The iPhone 5 will be available in white or black - the white model has a raw aluminum back while the black one sports an anodized coating. Too pricey? Then you might want to consider getting an iPhone 4S, which will be discounted down to $99 on-contract, or the iPhone 4, which will be offered for free with a 2-year service agreement.

Apple announces the iPhone 5
Apple announces the iPhone 5

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posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:20 42

1. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


5th row of apps...! Have to spend 640 Euro immediatly!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:31 27

17. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


You missed the word "revolutionary" ..

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:40 5

83. Ohrules (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


what i'm truly amazed at is that almost the entire phone specs leaked, from screen size to design, chipset to.... well, i can go on for ever

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:18 2

99. flamencoguy (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


The 5th row with one icon on it? ....HA

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:56 1

112. hariprasath.j (Posts: 27; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)


TheLibertine... you are smart enough to buy this iPhone5 just for the 5th row of apps..

appreciate your iFanboyism... Lol

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:21 1

129. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Revolution for Apple has died along with Steve, well at least for now...sorry Steve. The only improvements we'll see is the price! Yes... revolutionary price!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:35 21

26. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Apple should have really concentrated on its new product rather than patents . I thought at least they would do it simultaneously . But they have completely lost it .

I am among the ones who agrees Samsung copied something from Apple . But that is long back and now they are miles ahead of Apple . But Apple is still crying about it and stopped developing .

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:19 12

66. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


Samsung should sue Apple for LTE, 4" screens, and panorama photos.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 03:45

136. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


By copying the iPhone with the s1, they basically didn't have to dip their toe in the water to check if it's cold. Apple did that for them. They have fed from apples fame. Thieves.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:35 16

27. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Wait. There is more! 4 inch 16:9 ratio screen and LTE...! Together with the 5th row of apps! Only Apple could do something like this! Oh... Oh... Wait...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:01 2

117. hariprasath.j (Posts: 27; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)


wondering why are you so excited about 5th row of apps? Dont you have enough number of homescreens to fit your apps ?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:58 12

52. parth027 (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Man they have black colour..ohh wait.. white as well... amazing

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:05

118. hariprasath.j (Posts: 27; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)


one more guy excited about COLORS.. that too same colors.

dont to have enough topic to talk about or get excited for anything called REVOLUTIONARY.... ?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:38 12

82. naga.appani (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Finally a Product that's got nothing new to the current generation of technology yet can fool millions around.... Stop getting fooled u iTrolls... Learn from Mistakes...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:56 1

126. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


1. This is what what we have never designed before.
2. This phone would change the way humanity use a cell phone
3. It has got more than 200 new features which you will never find on this device.

If this is the device what you had been designing from last 2 years. cApple you should have consecrated on consumer's demands. If you think you can win the race of smartphone using this crap then I have got just 2 words for you -------> f**k Off

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:21 16

2. desijatt (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


same as rumors.....

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:34 4

24. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You have to give credit to Apple for not changing a thing you know, lol, with respect to the renders and alleged images... Unlike Samsung's very own GS III whose rendered images were better than the actual product...and i mean the looks only. Teeny weeny sarcasm implied...:D

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:17 6

63. Aeires (unregistered)


Exactly the same for the most part. Kinda surprised by that actually, the leaks were astronomical compared to the previous models. Steve has definitely left the building.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:21 39

3. luckysrinu (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


welcome to 2010

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:23 23

7. luckysrinu (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Its 2012 and there is no live coverage for there biggest event..lol..apple is going back to 90's .

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:22 5

4. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


so it is finaly hear

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:23 7

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


All the best Appyfans...!! May the 5th be better than the last...though it still looks similar.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:36 21

30. haseebzahid (Posts: 1797; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i think Iphone 4S will sue iphone 5 since it copied the older one :P

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:42

37. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Heracy!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:01

54. haseebzahid (Posts: 1797; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol it will be named Ancestral plagiarism patent WAR

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:23 5

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


my next phone.. ..

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:35 8

25. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Well I hope you enjoy your same old same old. I think the iPhone 5 looks very very vanilla. Nothing new here.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:48 1

87. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


when the product is good.. sometimes you need no big changes just a few tweak... and that's what I got.. se Apple knows what to give its customers and we customer knows what to expect.. they are happy and so are we.. I am

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:56 2

89. Savage (unregistered)


But Gallito, you'd have to buy entire new hardware for the new iPhone. And its not like iPhone 5 has an exclusive feature which the iOS 6 update in iPhone 4S will bring. Why bother spending your money on a device which has grown 0.5"?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:28

102. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well the adapter look nice and is a nice addition to a great phone.. nobody that I know looks for a phone that is compatible to your car charger or wall charger is usually the other way around.. for me is not the same phone.. Is a new and improved iphone.. if you can sell the old iphone and have money to pay for the new one.. why wouldn't you buy it

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 10:52

135. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Because it's built by slaves!!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:36 5

28. luxzy801 (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


Hey Gallitoking;
Since you are a die hard Apple fanboy, i got a question for you.
Are you at all dissapointed that its the same thing except extended to fit a bigger screen or do you think it is the next big thing for all iPhone users and fanboys.
Just a question bro.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:42 3

35. haseebzahid (Posts: 1797; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol even on wp8/nokia articles i didnot saw that much rampaging comments

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:51

88. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


no i am not.. I am actually getting the iphone5.. and will post a picture of it in my avatar

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:25

73. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Don't blame you. This seems to be a handset worth upgrading to if you have cash invested in the apple ecosystem.

Kudos to apple. A thin, light, non glass, LTE handset; fixes most of what blows about the 4s. Both colors at once and clear release dates too.

Kinda funny that all the pics have the demenstrator using both hands though. Pretty silly to keep trying to convince us it is a one handed device while using both hands. Shrug.

Still...looks like a winner.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:24

8. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


disappointed ... but very thin it is good btw

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:24 1

9. teerex42 (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


welcome to 2007 haha looks the same to me and now we know why this isn't being shown live on video like the android events lately ha!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:25 1

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


All the best Appyfans...!! May the 5th be better than the last...though it still looks similar.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:26 4

11. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


...Meh...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:46 3

108. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Introducing the iphone 4Stretch

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:26 2

12. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


112 grams..there goes the premium feel!:p

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:27 6

13. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


I can't wait to spend an irrational load of money for an extra 0.5" display and a few grams shed off !!!!!!! *SARCASM*

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:29

14. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


wow games now look spectacular!!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:30 5

15. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Lol!!! What a letdown!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:30 7

16. refreak (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


iphone 5 design = iphone 4s + .5 inch screen

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:12 2

96. structureman116 (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)


They should have named it the 4s+

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:57 3

114. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


iphone 4Stretch, since it's thinner and taller

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 05:14

133. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I like that!! iPhone stretch! :D

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:31

18. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


"Full console quality."

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:32 1

19. noim1 (Posts: 296; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Oh no !!! 5th row of apps & taller & slimmer ...Apple shut up and take my money will you !!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:32 3

20. tech_lover (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


congrats to apple for using the same 2 year old design!!

i will keep my iphone 4 in place of this loooong iphone 4....

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:33 2

21. dunndeal33 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


android is still bitter weighs the same at the razr maxx. screen needs to be bigger for us big hand guys apple shame on you smh

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:34 3

22. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 39; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Announcing iphone in 2007 , SJ said that the iphone is 5 years ahead of competition. And after 5 years , iphone is still the same.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:34

23. haseebzahid (Posts: 1797; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


guess i know the truth behind the awsome light weight cuz their is nothing special in it standard Apple phone

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:36

29. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


they're finally on track but this should've been done last year and this year should've brought a revamp of iOS to hit the ceiling with JB and WP8.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:37 1

31. sudbury78 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


all the fandroids commence on the post while apple sells records. love it.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:37 1

32. dunndeal33 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I meant better. android is better i wonder how long before a 5 inch screen "IPHONE 6 OR 7 MAYBE " there just nickle and dimimng us . Apple is a rediculus company with there partial upgrades just make it a 5 inch and i will be happy

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:37 13

33. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 39; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Apple has done what others are unable to. They managed to sell the same thing thing for 5 years. ' Only APPLE can do that. '

Revolutionary!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:13 3

97. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


And people...esp. in the states are dumb enough to fall for it.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 14:27

101. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No, Blackberry did it for years too. However... look where they are now.

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