Today, Apple revealed the new iPhone, the iPhone 5, and here is all what you need to know about it:
1. Larger Size and Higher Resolution:
Finally, Apple decided to increase the screen size of the iPhone to 4″, probably to compete with much larger Android phones. As you can see below, this means a new row is added to the screen! There is enough place to fit 24 apps on one screen instead of 20 as before. The resolution of the screen also has been increased: 1136 x 640. Same width, but taller than the older iPhones.
The iPhone 5 supports LTE, sometimes called 4G. Although Americans and Europeans will be very happy about that, it is clearly not something we, Lebanese, should care about for now.
3. Thinner and Lighter:
Thinner than the iPhone 4S (9.3 mm thin) and the 3rd-generation iPad (9.4 mm thin), the iPhone 5 is 7.6 mm thin. It is also the lightest iPhone, weighing 112 grams only!
Apparently 2 times faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 5 has an A6 CPU chip.
5. Battery Life:
The iPhone 5’s battery “not only matches but exceeds” the iPhone 4S’s battery life. I don’t remember the iPhone 4S’s battery life to be particularly good…
The iPhone 5’s camera is as good as the iPhone 4S with some very cool additions: a built-in panorama option and 40% faster image capture. The iPhone 4S’s image capture was already very fast, so I can’t imagine how fast the iPhone 5’s image capture is!
7. New iPhone Connector:
The iPhone 5 has a 80% smaller dock connector compared to all the iPhone/iPod connectors you already know. It also has a new name: Lightning!
8. Price and Release Date:
Once again, the iPhone 5’s price is the same as its predecessor. Available in Black and White. $199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB. Of course, these are the prices with contract in the USA. Pre-orders start on Friday the 14th. Shipping on September 21st in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
iOS 6 will also be available for the iPhone 4, 4S, 3GS, iPad 2 and the new iPad on September 19th.
9. New earphones : EarPods
Apple also announced new earphones, called EarPods. Included with the iPhone 5.
10. Sim Card:
The new iPhone 5 uses Nano-Sim cards, smaller than the Micro-Sim cards, and is not compatible with them. So time to cut or change the Sim cards once again.
And that’s it. No wireless charging. No NFC. What do you think of the iPhone 5 ?