Apple has today officially announced the launch of the next generation of iPhone called ‘iPhone 5’.


The new iPhone is 18 percent thinner (0.30 inch vs. 0.37 inch thick) than the iPhone 4S. Apple says it’s the thinnest handset around, but that’s a race that changes often. That means it’s also 20 percent lighter for a total of 3.95 ounces. 

The iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE networks. That’s in addition to the current support for GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA data networks. LTE has a single chip for voice and data, a single radio chip, and a “dynamic antenna” that will switch connections between different networks automatically. 
The main shooter, or the “iSight” camera, stays at 8 megapixels (with the best resolution being 3,264×2,448 pixels) with a feature list that includes backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, and a f2.4 aperture. A dynamic light mode is new, and you should be able to launch photography apps up to 2.1 times faster.

The iPhone 5 arrives with Retina display, 326 PPI and the screen has 44% more saturation. As we were expecting, Apple has included the in-cell display and the touch sensors are integrated right into the display itself. So the company has removed a layer and made it sharper. With the taller screen, Apple has also added a fifth row of icons on to the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5
This profile offers another view of the size difference.(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
The iPhone 5 also fixes a design flaw that we first saw in the iPhone 4. Apple replaced the glass back with one that’s mostly metal. Too many people (us included) cracked an iPhone 4 or 4Safter dropping it accidentally.

8 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of 3G browsing, 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video playback, 40 hours of music playback, and 225 hours of standby time. 

The iPhone 5 gets an additional microphone for a total of three. You’ll find one on the bottom, one on the handset’s front face, and one on its rear side. What’s more, the speaker now has five magnets (so up from two), which is apparently better and it’s supposed to use 20 percent less space. 
Inside, the iPhone 5 will debut with iOS 6 already onboard. Highlights include the new Apple Maps app, Passbook, shared photo streams, Siri updates, and the aforementioned FaceTime over 3G. For more on Apple’s newest mobile OS update, check out our iOS 6 First Take. iOS 6 will be available for download next Wednesday, September 19.
The iPhone 5 will be available in two colours options: white & silver or black & slate and is priced as follows on contract:

  • 16GB model – $199 (US)
  • 32GB model – $299 (US)
  • 64GB model – $399 (US)

The iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14.

iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Apple iPhone 5 Full Specification 
General:

Announced: September 2012
SIM: Single (GSM)
Available Colors: Black & Slate, White & Silver

Networks:
2G: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
3G: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
4G: LTE

Operating System:
OS Type: Apple iOS
OS Version: iOS 6

Size:
Dimensions: 123.8 mm x 58.6 mm x 7.6 mm
Form Factor: Bar
Weight: 112 g

Memory and Storage:
RAM: 1 GB
Internal: 16/32/64 GB

Hardware:
Chipset: Apple A6
CPU: 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
GPU:
GPS:
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor

Display:
Display Type: LED-backlit IPS TFT, Capacitive Touchscreen
Resolution: 1136 x 640
Size: 4 in
Touch Screen:
Multitouch:
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating
Colours: 16 M

Camera:
Primary: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels
Secondary: 1.2 MP
Features:
Autofocus, LED flash, Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR
Primary Camera: Video – 1080p@30fps, LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging
Secondary Camera: Video – 720p@30fps, videocalling over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G

Connectivity:
USB: 2.0
Bluetooth: v4.0 with A2DP
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Plus Cellular
EDGE: Up to 237 kbps
GPRS: Up to 86 kbps
NFC:
3G Internet: DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps,
3.5mm Jack:

Multimedia:
Video Player: MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV
Music Player: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA
FM:

Battery:
Battery Type: Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly)
Stand-by: Up to 225 hours
Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G

Source : CNET.COM

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