iPhone 5 officially announced with 4-inch display, A6 CPU and LTE
Apple may be notoriously secretive and tight lipped, but the company appears to be getting worse and worse at actually keeping things under wraps. The iPhone 5 appears to be the most leaked handset in existence. Thankfully, the suspense is over, the next-gen iPhone is finally here and it does, in fact, go by the numerical title of 5. Just like the parts that have been circulating this is a glass and aluminum affair and, at 7.6mm it’s a full 18 percent thinner than the 4S. It’s even a full 20 percent lighter at 112 grams. It’s all those amazing things and it packs a larger 4-inch display. The new version of Apple’s Retina panel is 1136x 640, which clocks in at amore than respectable 326ppi. It also sports better color saturation with full sRGB rendering. That new longer screen allows for an extra set of icons to be displayed on the home screen, and first party apps have already been tweaked to take advantage of the additional real estate. The iWork suite, Garage Band and iMovie have all been updated. Older apps will still work too, though they’ll be displayed in a letterbox format until an update is issued. The tweaked ratio puts the iPhone 5 display closer to 16:9, but it’s not quite there.
The most exciting news is likely the addition of LTE. There’s still HSPA+, EV-DO, EDGE and all that jazz on board, but it’s the true 4G that is really generating excitement. In the US Sprint, Verizon and AT&T will all be able to take advantage of the single chip dataand voice LTE solution inside. And, if you’re stuck on one of those tiered data plans, the 802.11 a/b/g/n antenna should help you keep your wireless usage in check.
If the brand new radios weren’t enough of araw spec update to get your geek blood pumping, the new A6 CPU inside should push you over the edge. Apple claims its afull two times faster than the chip inside the 4S, but we’ll have to wait and see how accurate that assertion is. The A6 is reportedly 22 percent smaller than its predecessor, which probably helped Cupertino achieve such slim dimension on the iPhone 5 and it’s also more energy efficient — allowing the handset to chug along for 8 hours of talk time, despite the addition of LTE. Keeping your data usage to Wi-Fi will allow you to milk up to 10 hours out of the device.
As for the camera, it’s more or less the same as that in the iPhone 4S, just a little bit slimmer. It’s a backlit 8 megapixel sensor with a5 element lens and an f/2.4 aperture. The biggest improvement in the image capturing department is the “shutter” speed. Apple is claiming the new set up is up to 40 percent quicker at turning a beautiful sunset into a cold hard series of 1s and 0s.
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Apple unveils the 4-inch, 4G iPhone 5
The phone has a 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels at 326 ppi.
The iPhone 5 weighs 112g, and is 20 per cent lighter than the iPhone 4S. At 7.6 mm, the iPhone 5 is 18 per cent thinner than its predecessor.
Apple’s new iPhone 5 is powered by the A6 chip – 2X faster CPU, 2X faster graphics, 22 per cent smaller. The iPhone 5 comes with an 8 megapixel (3264×2448) camera. The lens is the same as the 4S, but thinner. The Apple iPhone5 comes with 4G LTE.
The iPhone 5 “is made entirely of glass and aluminum,” said Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, at the iPhone 5 launch event, adding “You see we’re able to add a 5th row of icons.”