If you haven’t been following the tech media in recent weeks, Apple announces its next big smartphone today, 12th September 2012. The Apple iPhone 5 is now official. The smartphone was announced at Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in downtown San Francisco, California.
In all honesty, the iPhone 5 was one of the worst kept secrets, in regards to specifications, leading up to the launch. The event, thus, serves more of a confirmation of its specifications, along with highlighting a few not spoken about. The Apple iPhone 5 was announced as the world’s thinnest smartphone at 7.6mm thick, a reduction of 18% over the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 also sees a reduction in weight of 20%, now weighing 112g. One of the more important increases lies in its screen size, now measuring 4”; 0.5” larger than previous iterations. It sports a Retina Display with a resolution of 1136x640px at 326ppi. The display also has a 44% increase in colour saturation thanks to the sRGB rendering.
In regards to connectivity, the iPhone 5 packs LTE, HSPA+, EV-DO and EDGE technology, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, although notably missing NFC. The smartphone has an A6 CPU, which, according to Apple, packs twice as much power as the 4S and 22% smaller in size. The camera is a backside-illuminated 8 megapixel sensor with a 5 element lens and an f/2.4 aperture, which is the same as with the 4S, only a touch thinner. The biggest improvement for camera is the shutter speed, clocked at 44% faster with new panoramic feature that stiches together a 28 megapixel photo, and 1080p video capture.
Although there’s no specifics on the battery, there has been a comparison on its battery life. The iPhone 5 offers 8 hours talk-time (3G), 8 hours (4G LTE browsing), 10 hours video, 40 hours music and 225 hours playtime. Additional changes in the iPhone 5 are the dock connector, microphone, and a few software updates with iOS 6. The Apple iPhone 5 will be available in black and white, with the white version including an aluminium back and the black a dark anodized body. It will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, at $199, $299 and $399, respectively. First shipments are due in US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia from the 21st September 2012, with pre-orders starting on the 14th.