Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 12, 2012.
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Apple has announced its next iPhone, and just as countless reports have suggested, it is indeed the iPhone 5. The Apple iPhone 5 has LTE, a larger screen, and is "the biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone," according to CEO Tim Cook.
The iPhone 5 is made entirely of glass and aluminum. It's the largest iPhone yet, but it's also the thinnest at 7.6mm (0.3 in), which is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S. The phone weighs 112 grams (3.95oz), which is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 is the largest iPhone to date thanks to a 4-inch screen with a 1136x640 resolution. The screen has integrated touchscreen sensors to make it thinner and offer 44 percent more color saturation than the previous iPhone. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and Retina display of 326 ppi. Not all apps have been or will be updated to fit the new resolution naturally, so Apple has implemented a change that will center apps in on-screen and then place black borders around the edges. Some apps, like CNN and OpenTable, have already been made to take advantage of the increased size.
The iPhone 5 features an A6 processor, which is twice as fast the previous chipset. It has also improved battery life to offer up to 8 hours of 3G talk time, 3G browsing, or LTE browsing; 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing or watching video; 40 hours of music; and 225 hours of standby. Apple improved connectivity options to include HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE. It also supports up to 150 Mbps through Wi-Fi with 802.11a/b/g/n, and 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
The iPhone 5 features an 8 megapixel that camera supports 1080p HD video recording with video stabilization, face detection, and taking photos while recording. The photo-taking capability has been upgraded to feature dynamic low light mode and f/2.4 aperture. The iPhone 5 then includes spatial noise reduction, smart filters, and fast image processing to capture more light and reduce blur. The camera can automatically recognize how to take the best picture and then respond quickly. It also can take panoramic images that are up to 28 megapixels. The front-facing camera supports to 720p video capture and FaceTime HD. You'll even be able to use FaceTime over a cellular connection, but not if you're on AT&T.
AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon will carry the iPhone 5. The phone will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. Pre-orders will begin September 14 and the phone will ship September 21 in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. More countries will follow on the 28th. The phone will ship with iOS 6, which debuts September 19.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.