Apple’s newly unveiled iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone on the market and the lightest iPhone yet, all while packing in a taller 4-inch Retina display and high-speed 4G LTE connectivity. It launches first on Sept. 21.
Pricing will be identical to previous years, with the 16-gigabyte model available for $199 with a new two-year contract, a 32-gigabyte model for $299, and 64-gigabyte for $399 in the US. For Singapore, the prices replicates the previous iPhone 4S pricing: 16GB for S$948, 32GB for S$1,088 and 64GB for $1,288. Preorders will begin this Friday, Sept. 14, and it will launch in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore on Sept. 21. An additional 22 more countries will get their iPhone 5 on September 28, including: Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. A further 20 more countries will get it in October. (updated)
All of the native applications in iOS have been updated to take advantage of the new, larger display. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller showed off how Calendar shows off a full five-day workweek, and how the iWork suite has been updated to use the expanded real estate.
Old applications will run letterboxed on the larger screen, with black borders on either side centering the application, allowing for what Schiller called “pixel-perfect” rendering. He said that developers will be able to quickly and easily updated their applications to take advantage of the new display.
The touch panel has also been integrated into the Retina display, allowing the screen to be even thinner and sharper, and produce less glare in sunlight. Schiller said the new screen has 44 percent better color saturation, with full sRGB rendering.
As with previous iPhones, the iPhone 5 will be available in two colors: black and white. The white model has a raw aluminum back, while the black version has a black anodized metal back.
The addition of 4G LTE and the A6 CPU will not have a negative effect on battery life, according to Apple. Schiller said that the new iPhone 5 will not only match, but will exceed the battery life of the iPhone 4S, offering 8 hours of 3G or LTE talk time or Web browsing.
A new microphone has also been added to the back that will allow for improved audio recording and voice cancelation.
Another major feature of the new iPhone is 4G LTE connectivity, which allows for the fastest mobile connections available. The iPhone 5 also sports a dynamic antenna that switches between connections seamlessly.
The iPhone 5 will offer 4G LTE support on carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in the U.S. In Canada, Rogers, Telus, Bell, Virgin and Fido are compatible. More carriers were also listed for Europe, Australia and Asia.
Wi-Fi connectivity is 802.11a/b/g/n, and is dual-channel for up to 150Mbps downloads.
The all-new A6 processor also promises up to twice as fast graphics and CPU performance. Schiller said the A6 will launch Pages more than twice as fast, save an image from iPhoto 1.7 times as fast, load the Music app with songs 1.9 times as fast, and view a Keynote attachment 1.7 times as fast.
The iSight camera has been upgraded to an 8-megapixel sensor that captures 3,265 by 2,448 pixels. It’s a five-element lens and f/2.4 aperture, while being thinner than the iPhone 4S.
Image capture is said to be 40 percent faster, while a new image processor in the A6 promises to reduce noise and accomplish better color matching.
Also built in to the iOS 6 camera application is support for panoramic photos.Users simply sweep the scene vertically to maximize resolution, which can result in a 28-megapixel image.
The rear camera will record 1080p high-definition video and has improved video stabilization. Sapphire crystal lens prevents scratches that distorts photo and video taking. The forward-facing FaceTime HD camera also records 720p video, and has backside illumination.
The thinner iPhone is made possible in part by a new, smaller 9-pin dock connector dubbed “Lightning“. Adapters will also be available to ensure compatibility with legacy accessories.
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