The wait is now over! The Apple iPhone 5 has finally made it’s appearance to the world and people are going nuts! The number of pre-orders are amazing and I can only imagine how sales will be the day it is released. The phone and it’s features sound good but will it meet the high expectation of Apple fanatics? Check out the photos and details below and be the judge of that…
Release Date & Prices
The iPhone 5 release date is September 21. They are pricing at $199 (16 GB), $299 (32 GB) and $399 (64 GB). This is with contract only!
The iPhone 5 has a bigger screen than earlier versions and looks pretty much like the leaked versions we saw – the rumour mill was exactly right. There’s a fifth row of icons on the home screen, while the display is the expected 4-inch version, but the iPhone 5 screen is not wider than the iPhone 4S, it’s just thinner. Again it has a 326ppi Retina display, but now with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Apps will have to be resized for the new iPhone 5 – old apps will appear letterboxed. Apple has managed to make the screen thinner, as touch is now integrated into the screen layer itself.
In terms of size, iPhone 5 is 7.6mm (0.3 inches) thick and weighs 112g (4oz). It’s 20 per cent lighter and 18 per cent thinner, and is made of aluminum and glass. As you’ll see, it has very similar aesthetics to the iPhone 4 and 4S, albeit in a redesigned shell; the volume and mute buttons are the same, for example. iPhone 5 has a two-tone back and comes in either “white and silver” or “black and slate”. In its usual understated style, Apple says “iPhone 5 combines an anodised aluminium body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish”.
The camera is smaller, but still has an 8 megapixel sensor size. It’s almost exactly the same as that in the iPhone 4S in terms of spec. Apple obviously wanted to make a big thing about the stuff it did to the camera to fit it inside the new chassis, but it isn’t a massive step forward although the A6 includes a better image processor. For the record it’s a 3,264 x 2,448 BSi sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Apple is also bigging up its low-light performance. It can also shoot panoramas to produce a 28MP image. It can also take pictures while shooting a video, like many other high end handsets.
The processor is a new Apple A6 chip, as expected. It has twice the CPU speed and twice the graphics power – the chip is smaller and is more battery-friendly and is based on the new-ish dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU design. It’s manufactured on a 32nm process, hence the smaller physical size. Performance is also frugal – Apple says it’s better on battery life than the iPhone 4S.
The same memory sizes are available, so you can buy your iPhone 5 with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of storage. You also get Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
Up to 8 hours of LTE browsing and talk time and up to 10 hours of video playback time
For more information visit Apple.com