Apple launched the world’s most awaited gadget, the iPhone 5. It is made of glass and aluminium and is taller, leaner, lighter, shinier and packs in much more punch than ever. It comes in two colours – slate (black) and silver, with aluminium finish, but no white.
iPhone 5 will cost the same as its predecessor – $199, $299 and $399 for 16, 32 and 64GB versions respectively.
The new iPhone 5 is 7.66mm thick, almost 18% thinner than its predecessor iPhone 4S, weighs just 112 gram, that is 20% lighter than 4S. It has Retina display with 326 pixels per inch, 1136 x 640 pixel resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio for full-screen movie playback.
The iPhone 5 runs on a new dual-core Cortex A6 processor based on A-15 chips from ARM, which makes the device twice as fast as its predecessor without being quad-core and uses a common chip for voice as well as data, along with a single radio chip.
Apple reworked the battery of iPhone 5 with 225 hours of standby time. This includes 8 hours of 3G and 4G LTE browsing, 8 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of Wifi browsing, 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of music play.
The phone sports an 8MP HD rear camera with panorama mode (at 28MP), backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five element lens, and f/24 aperture.It is 25% smaller than the snapper on iPhone 4S and includes dynamic low light mode, sapphire crystal and precision lens alignment, all of which is enough for iPhone 5 to be taken seriously for its camera.
The front camera in iPhone 5 for FaceTime will now support HD videos at 720p. It has an aluminium rear sensor and features three microphones – one each at the bottom, top and rear. For further audio enhancement during FaceTime calls, iPhone 5 features a new beamforming, directional microphone system, with background noise cancellation technology.
The iOS6 users can now share pictures via iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams using the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 will have LTE 4G functionality that can transfer data at much faster rate. The phone will be able to switch between antennae in order to support the network.
Apple said the iPhone 5 will not be compatible with existing sim cards. This means iPhone 5 users will have to move to new nano sim cards to be issued by the operators around the world in sync with the phone’s launch.