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Apple iPhone 5 Featured in Best Multimedia

Sep 12, 2012
Market status
Release date
Sep 21, 2012

US carrier availability

Available: Verizon, T-Mobile
Discontinued: AT&T, Sprint, Cricket, Virgin Mobile, Alltel


  • High-resolution display (640 x 1136 pixels)
  • High pixel density screen (326 ppi)
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • Small dimensions (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches)


  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • Proprietary USB connector - have to use its cable instead of a standard microUSB




The Apple iPhone 5 is the first iPhone with a larger, 4-inch screen. At the same time, it has become thinner, with a more elongated body. The iPhone 5 is powered by a new A6 chip that’s twice as powerful as the chip on the preceding iPhone 4S. It’s also the first iPhone with 4G LTE, supporting not just American frequencies, but LTE networks across the globe.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupiOS (7.x, 6.1, 6)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.95 oz (112 g)
      the average is 5.1 oz (146 g)
  • Materials:
    • Main body: aluminum


  • Physical size:
    • 4.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 326 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 60.82 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Oleophobic coating


  • Camera:
      • Popup8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.4
    • Focal length (35mm equivalent):
      • 33 mm
    • Camera sensor size:
      • 1/3.2"
    • Pixel size:
      • 1.4 μm
    • Features:
      • Sapphire crystal lens cover, Face detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
    • Settings:
      • Exposure compensation
    • Shooting Modes:
      • PopupHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.2 megapixels


  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Apple A6
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Apple Swift
  • Graphics processor:
      • PowerVR SGX543MP3
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1016 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB


  • Stand-by time:
    • 9.4 days (225 hours)
      the average is 17 days (419 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 8.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (908 min)
  • Music playback:
    • 40.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 10.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1440 mAh
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes


  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
      • Safari
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload)


  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 13), 850 (band 5), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.B
  • nano-SIM:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • Proprietary
    • Features:
      • USB charging
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, AirDrop

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation, Video recording
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M4, T4
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 12 Sep 2012

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic, Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, Documentation

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Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Apple iPhone 5 32GB

  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB

Apple iPhone 5 16GB

  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB

Apple iPhone 5 (1428 model)

  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 17), 1700/2100 (band 4) MHz
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3, T4

Apple iPhone 5 (1429 model)

  • FDD LTE:
    • 850 (band 5), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1) MHz

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