iPhone 5 Is Here
iPhone 5, the world’s most awaited gadget, is here. It is taller, leaner, lighter, shinier and packs in much more punch than ever.
Apple’s latest and greatest phone offers key upgrades like a larger screen, faster 4G data speeds, a more powerful processor, and an improved camera.
New iOS 6 software also improves the Siri voice control system and adds a different maps app, with turn-by-turn directions.
The iPhone 5 will cost the same as the iPhone 4S when it came out a year ago: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB, all with new 2-year agreements through the carrier of your choice. Pre-orders will open on Friday, September 14, with phones shipping on September 21.
The new phone is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S, making it the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet, despite its larger size.
We’ve already learned a great deal about iOS 6, including its support of offline maps for navigation, but we learned a few more details today. For example, the virtual assistance application Siri will be getting an upgrade, making it more useful for sports scores and movies. You’ll also be able to launch apps just by asking Siri to do it for you. Significantly, iPhone 5 will have LTE 4G functionality that will transfer data at much faster rate.
The phone will be able to switch between antennae in order to support the network.It will be interesting to see how rivals Samsung and HTC react to this, having threatened Apple with patent lawsuits if it ported iPhone 5 with LTE.
As anticipated, Apple also announced that it is discontinuing the sale of iPhone 3GS whereas iPhone 4 8 GB model will now become the entry-level variant which will be bundled free with lock-in plans for the US customers.
iPhone 5 (all in all):
112 grams (20 percent lighter than 4s). 7.6 mm (18 percent thinner).
4-inch display (up from 3.5 inches).
1136×640 pixel resolution (up from 960×640).
A fifth row of icons on the screen.
44 percent more color saturation. LTE network compatible.
Available on Verizon/Sprint/ATT, processor and graphics are 2x faster (new A6 chip).
Battery: will “exceed battery life of the iPhone 4s.” 8 hours talk time, 8 hours browsing, 10 hours wifi browsing, 10 hours video, 40 hours music, 225 hours standby.
Camera: 8 mp, 3264×2448 resolution, f/2.4 aperture, 25% smaller, improved low-light quality, panorama feature, 1080p HD video, front-facing Facetime camera updated (720p) and face detection, improved mics and speakers.
Dock and connector: New connector is called Lightning, 8 pin, reversible (adaptor available for current connector).
Pricing: $199 (on contract) for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB. Pre-order Sept. 14, ships Sept. 21. iPhone 4 will be free (8GB), 4s will be $99 (16GB).
iOS 6 adds Apple’s own map app, with turn-by-turn directions and a new ‘flyover’ satellite view. And as mentioned a smarter version of Siri, too. iOS 6 comes out Sept. 19. Will work on iPhone 4, 4s, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and 4th generation iPod Touch.
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