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Today is the day we have all been waiting for. Apple finally jumped on the stage and announced everything. Months of rumors and speculations have finally been revealed. Apple finally announced the iPhone 5. As it turns out, most of those leaked iPhone 5 images were right on the money.

So what did Apple say about the iPhone 5? Well the first thing they talked about was how thin and light it is. In fact, it is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S and 20% lighter. Along with that, the iPhone 5 will have a 16:9 aspect ratio and a full four-inch screen. It will have a Retina display featuring a resolution of 1136 x 640.

To compensate for this larger screen, Apple has updated the software. There is an extra row of apps on the home screen, and all of their native apps will be updated to use this extra screen space. For non-native apps, if the developer does not update them, they will be centered on the screen with black bars around the edges.

Apple also improved the sensitivity of the touch screen by integrating it directly into the display. This removes the extra layer and makes the screen much more accurate to your input. According to Apple, “this is the most accurate display in the industry.”

Apple also announced that their new iPhone would support LTE, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. In the US, the iPhone will support AT&T, Sprint and Verizon as their 4G providers. This means that they are finally catching up to other carriers in terms of data speed. They also greatly improved WiFi on the iPhone, making using data on the device an all around better experience.


Of course, it would not be an upgrade without introducing a new processor, and Apple did just that. The brand new A6 processor is twice as fast as the previous model, and should allow iPhone users get more done faster.

Apple is also making some improvements to audio with the iPhone 5. It has three microphones designed to enhance clarity while making calls. It is a still phone, after all.

In spite of these performance enhancements, they managed to make slight improvements to the battery life of the iPhone 5. That is no small feat when you consider that the device is smaller, lighter and more powerful.

The iPhone 5 also brings some improvements to the iSight. It will perform much better in low light situations and is capable of snapping photos 40% faster than the earlier model. The new camera also brings panorama mode, which, you guessed it, allows you to take beautiful panoramic photographs. The front-facing FaceTime camera is now capable of 720p resolution.

As rumored, Apple is doing away with their old connector and introducing Lightning. It is substantially smaller than the previous cables and it is generally easier to use. Still have plenty of old cables around? Don’t worry, Apple will have an adapter for that.

With a new contract the iPhone 5 will cost exactly the same as the iPhone 4S. $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and$399 for 64GB. Pre-orders start September 14th and the device ships on the 21st in North America. It ships out in other regions starting on the 28th.

Source: The Verge

  1. Yashodhan Bhatt
    September 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

    What's this two-year thing all about?

  2. claudine ratelle
    September 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I was waiting for the iPhone 5 release to switch from Android. Now I'm not sure anymore...

  3. druv vb
    September 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Other smartphones already have more than what the iPhone-5 has to offer.
    Its rather lame to come up with a new model that offers little upgrade from the old one.
    Am sure in 12 months time, Apple will come with the iPhone-5S.
    Good luck to all Apple fans out there...

  4. Sigifredo Zapata
    September 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    What a ripoff...

    So you finally got a slightly larger screen, great another row on an un-customizable desktop.
    Faster processor, improved sound, more mic's and is thinner.

    How is that's an UPGRADE!

    oh yeah, the adapter will cost you additional $29.99 unless you want to buy all new hardware.

  5. Nofanboy
    September 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Conspicuous by their absence in the new iPhone 5 are the items that users have been requesting since iPone 1: a user replaceable battery, 2. a microSD slot, 3. a microHDMI port, 4. a microUSB charger/data port. The last is amazing since they chose to replace the old connector with a new proprietary connector even though every iPone sold in the EU has to charge through a microUSB port. Proprietary charging ports were outlawed a few years ago.

    Apple continues to know better than their customers what they want and need.

  6. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    September 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Usually an Apple upgrade is not that much different than what it's being upgraded from. The biggest difference is the price.

  7. Giorgi Asatiani
    September 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    i want , it's very good

  8. Martha Sperry
    September 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I think this is a solid update to the hardware. I skipped the 4S and definitely will be getting the 5. Looking forward to it!

  9. Ahmed Khalil
    September 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    i can see some people not like and other like, for me it is very good specially i do not have any other older version of i phone

  10. Ahmed Khalil
    September 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    do you know the open version date of release, i hope it will be soon

  11. Humza Aamir
    September 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Just a tiny bit less explosive than the last one. Won't be winning new hearts anytime soon but will probably work well with royal iFans who earlier had to resort on swiping fingers on a small screen when the rivals had 4" and above.

    The screen size shows where the market trend is headed. Still as a gadget, it is hugely desirable, reputation and image is rock solid and the innovations it brings leave others following.

    People expected from the newest version to do something incredible like launching a space shuttle or mend their shoes, but that's foolish. This phone has taken the company to the top and would probably make it stay there, there was hardly any room for improvement. Once you're at the top, there's no way further up. Just staying there is a herculian task :)

    This will manage that. Its lovely and this comes from an Android user having an Xperia S, which by the way has a higher ppi :D.

  12. Rajaa Chowdhury
    September 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Nohing too impressive, all the features are already present with it's competitors. Poor Apple is playing catch up.

    • Ken Gaming
      September 13, 2012 at 9:55 am


  13. Va Du
    September 13, 2012 at 4:32 am

    It annoys me that you have to sign up for a 2 year contract when a new model comes out every year.

  14. IamAshMcLean
    September 13, 2012 at 4:19 am

    The only question I have is... How much the Adapter cost?

    • Richard Borkovec
      September 13, 2012 at 4:29 am

      The adaptor is $30, completely outrageous if you ask me.

    • Richard Borkovec
      September 13, 2012 at 4:33 am

      I was really disappointed in this announcement; this seems like an "S" upgrade than anything. There is nothing innovative about this, it's trying to catch up to stuff Android phones have had for over a year. And the fact they left NFC out of it, while still having PassBook, it's just...wrong. PassBook seems to have been built for NFC, yet Apple says PassBook is good enough without it. I'm sure they'll still sell millions though like they always do.

      • Koshy George
        September 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

        It should have been called the Iphone 4SS.

  15. Mark
    September 13, 2012 at 3:07 am

    any giveaways on this? :)

  16. Casey Ferralli
    September 13, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Definitely going to be getting me this phone.

  17. tarzan2001
    September 13, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I'm thoroughly unimpressed by the iPhone 5. I was expecting a lot more innovation considering this is a completely new model, and not just some "S" minor upgrade. The screen is still quite small compared to the many offerings by rivals such as HTC and Samsung. It's good that the processor and graphics are upgraded, but I would like to see a comparison of the graphics power of the iPhone 5 vs. phones such as the Galaxy SIII and even the Galaxy SII. It would help in making a final decision as to which one to choose because here in America, the Galaxy SIII is only dual-core, which is a major bummer! It does have 2 GB RAM, which is nice, but still...

  18. André Kamara
    September 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    From what I've seen, there's no huge innovation beside the faster CPU and the more accurate screen. I'd personally prefer the new Sony Xperia even though there's not as much mediatic coverage.

    This said, should we expect an IPhone 5 in the next giveaway?

  19. Frederick Doe
    September 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    One of the best features of lightening is that the plug can go in the receptacle both ways. No more rotating it 180 degrees three times to get it to finally fit.

    • tarzan2001
      September 13, 2012 at 1:02 am

      That is a pretty cool feature. However, I'm a bit concerned as to how "safe" the actual connector is when it comes to damage resistance because the gold contacts are completely exposed. :S

    • Koshy George
      September 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Thats really awesome.

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