Today Apple held its event in San Francisco, and as expected, the company officially introduced the iPhone 5. One of the most noticeable new features of the new iPhone is its display, which measures 4 inches in size (up from the 3.5-inch display of previous models) with a screen resolution of 1136x640. The iPhone 5's display also features a touch sensor built directly into it. When it comes to the body of the device, the iPhone 5 measures 7.6mm thick and weighs in at 122 grams, which is down from the iPhone 4S's 9.3mm thick, 144 gram body. Buried inside the iPhone 5's body is Apple's new A6 processor. The new chip said to be twice as fast as Apple's A5 processor and offers double the graphics performance. It's also worth noting that the iPhone 5 uses nano-SIM cards, which are smaller than the micro-SIM card used by the iPhone 4S
Another major addition to this year's new iPhone is 4G LTE. Apple says that the iPhone 5 supports LTE, and here in the U.S. the device will be making its way to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. When it comes to LTE and battery life, Apple says that the iPhone 5 should get 8 hours of LTE browsing, while that number will grow to 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Speaking of Wi-Fi, the new handset will also feature 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless, with 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n support.
On the iPhone 5's backside, users will find an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, dynamic low light mode and a sapphire crystal lens cover. The rear camera also has a panorama mode. The new shooter can also capture 1080p video and features face detection as well as the ability to take photos while recording. Moving around front, the iPhone 5 includes a FaceTime HD camera that can snap 1.2-megapixel photos and record 720p video. The new device features support for FaceTime over a cellular connection.
Along with the new iPhone 5, Apple also took the wraps off of its new Lightning connector. The Lightning cable features an 8-signal design and is reversible. Apple also touted that Lightning is more durable than its previous cables. As was rumored, Apple will also be releasing an adapter for any products that feature the old 30-pin connector. The company will offer a Lightning to 30-pin adapter for $29 and a Lightning to 30-pin adapter with a cable for $39. A regular Lightning cable with a USB 2.0 plug on the other end will cost $19.
When it comes to the all-important launch and pricing information, Apple announced that the iPhone 5 will be launching on September 21, with pre-orders kicking off this Friday. The handset will be available in either black and slate or white and silver models. Pricing will be the same as with the iPhone 4S, meaning that the 16GB model will cost $199, the 32GB version will be $299, and the capacious 64GB model will be $499. Meanwhile, the 16GB iPhone 4S will stick around with a $99 price tag and the 8GB iPhone 4 will be dropped to the low price of free.
iOS 6 will ship on the iPhone 5, but the update for existing iOS users will be available on September 19. It was previously announced that iOS 6 will be made available to the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, new iPad and the fourth-generation iPod touch. One of the new features of iOS 6 will be a redesigned App Store. Apple also revealed App Store is now home to 700,000 apps. Of that total, 250,000 are iPad-specific.
Apple Introduces iPhone 5
Thinnest, Lightest iPhone Ever Features All-New Aluminum Design, Stunning 4-Inch Retina Display, A6 Chip & Ultrafast Wireless
SAN FRANCISCO—September 12, 2012—Apple® today announced iPhone® 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*—all while delivering even better battery life.** iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook® organization; and even more Siri® features and languages.
“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”
iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish.
The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S, making the already incredible Retina display even better. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content including amazing apps optimized for the larger Retina display, widescreen HD video, a full five days of your Calendar and more of every web page.
iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content even faster. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.***
The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the incredible new features in iPhone 5, including the stunning new 4-inch Retina display—all while delivering even better battery life. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance, almost everything you do on iPhone 5 is blazing fast for launching apps, loading web pages and downloading email attachments.
The 8 megapixel iSight® camera is the most popular camera in the world and with iPhone 5, it’s even better. The new camera is completely redesigned with incredible optical performance, yet amazingly it’s 25 percent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images. The new panorama feature lets you capture jaw-dropping panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. A new FaceTime® HD front facing camera makes FaceTime calls incredibly clear and can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video. iPhone 5 also allows you to share photos with friends and family using iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams.
iPhone 5 features the new Lightning™ connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the previous connector. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it’s reversible so you can instantly connect to your accessories. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.****
iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. Wideband audio will be supported by over 20 carriers worldwide at launch. iPhone 5 comes with the new Apple EarPods™ featuring a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability, and an incredible acoustic quality typically reserved for higher-end earphones.
iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new user features including: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover™ view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings;***** Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 4S will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract.****** iOS 6 software will be available on Wednesday, September 19 as a free software update.
iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
* LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.
** Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
*** Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
**** Sold separately.
***** Not all features are supported in all countries.
****** Availability varies by carrier.
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