Apple’s iPhone 5: A Thinner, Lighter, Taller 4G Phone

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Apple announced the iPhone 5 on Wednesday, with a thinner and lighter design than previous models despite a larger 4-inch display and 4G LTE connectivity.

The iPhone 5′s pixel density hasn’t changed from 326 pixels per inch, so Apple’s still using its “Retina Display” marketing lingo for the new 1136-by-640 resolution display. The width of the display hasn’t changed either, but the taller screen allows for an extra row of icons on the home screen and for apps to show more information on the screen.

(PHOTOS: Scenes from Apple’s iPhone 5 Announcement)

Apps will have to be optimized for the new display, and those that don’t will simply show a black border along the top and bottom edges of the screen. Still, Apple has already worked with the makers of a few apps, such as CNN and OpenTable, and if previous iOS products are any indication, developers shouldn’t take too long to adjust to the new display resolution.

Apple has also jumped on the 4G bandwagon with the iPhone 5, adding LTE support for much faster data speeds. In the United States, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless will all be offering 4G LTE iPhones, and AT&T’s version will fall back to faster HSPA+ networks in areas where 4G LTE isn’t available. (For more on wireless network nitty-gritty, and where 4G LTE will actually be available, see my post from last week.)

Although 4G LTE tends to add bulk to smartphones, the iPhone 5 is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S, and 20 percent lighter, though it is taller to make room for that larger display. It also has a slightly different design that replaces the rear glass panel with aluminum.

For a processor, the iPhone 5 has an A6 chip, which Apple says has twice the computing power and graphics power as the A5 chip in the iPhone 4S. (Apple’s latest iPad has an A5X processor, which doubled the graphics performance, but not the CPU.)

The pixel count on the iPhone 5′s camera is the same as its predecessor, at 8 megapixels. However, Apple says it’s improved the signal processing to reduce noise, speed up capture times and improve low-light performance. The iPhone 5 also has a panorama mode that captures a 28-megapixel widescreen image as the user pans around. The iPhone 5′s front-facing camera did get a bump to 720p.

Battery life looks a bit better than that of the iPhone 4S, with the same 8 hours of 3G talk time but 8 hours of 3G or 4G browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing and 225 hours of standby time. Video and music time is the same at 10 hours and 40 hours, respectively.

As expected, Apple also shrunk the dock connector in the iPhone 5. Instead of the old 30-pin connector, there’s a digital “Lightning” dock connector. No, it can’t plug into existing accessories on its own, but Apple says it will offer an adapter. (No word on whether it’ll be included, or how much it’ll cost on its own.) UPDATE: It’s $29 for the adapter, or $39 for a cable adapter. Youch.

Of course, hardware isn’t everything, so Apple spent a chunk of its press conference revisiting what’s new in iOS 6, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone software. My colleague Matt Peckham has more details on that. (For older phones, iOS 6 will be available on September 19.)

Pricing and colors haven’t changed from last year. The iPhone 5 will be available in black or white, and in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models, respectively priced at $199, $299 and $399 with two-year contracts. Pre-orders start on September 14, and the iPhone 5 ships on September 21. The iPhone 4S will drop to $99, while the iPhone 4 will be available for free — both with two-year contracts as well.

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32 comments
Sanjeev Patwal
Sanjeev Patwal

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fried_egg
fried_egg

Apple are stuck. If they change too much of their design it will look like other makers phones and then they will be sued.

Nenu Tech
Nenu Tech

Apple has fallen a victim of its own success. People have started to expect a lot more from Apple than a slightly redesigned phone with a better camera. 

Oliva Laney
Oliva Laney

 

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Discobug
Discobug

Sorry, Nokia Lumia 920 Wins it for me both on design, cost, features and versatility . The new iPhone offers nothing new and not worth the costs... $39 bucks for a small cable adapter that cost 2c to make? give me a break!

Rahul Singh
Rahul Singh

like Howard implied I am shocked that a mom able to earn $4042 in a few weeks on the internet. did you see this web site LazyPay7.com 

Billy Robinson
Billy Robinson

 Forget the iPhone 5: We’ve Got The Just Unearthed Live-Blog Transcript From The Launch Of The World’s First Telephone:

"1:24 pmAlexander Graham Bell comes out to a smattering of applause.He welcomes everyone, then tells a joke abouta traveling salesman and a farmers daughter."  

More at: www.ItsNotOnTheTest.com

Dibz Yanga
Dibz Yanga

not worth the wait !!!! borin........samsung s3 .....congrats

Starshiprarity
Starshiprarity

Its kind of like they gave the Galaxy S2 a new case.

Its nice- but not revolutionairy. Maybe the market can come to its senses now.

Gary McCray
Gary McCray

I was hoping that Apple would at least mention the IPad Mini today, but with the new IPod Touch coming in at $300.00 I can see why they didn't.

Basically they are going to have to price the 32 GB version if the IPad mini at or below the price of the new IPod.

My guess is that will pretty much decimate the IPod Touch market.

I will be interested to see how they address this.

If they price the 32 GB Mini over $300.00 they will be running into the pricing of the full size IPads and will turn off the small tablet buyers.

The Nexus, HD Kindle and Surface may yet survive and prosper.

Mustajab Kazmi
Mustajab Kazmi

like, really !!! 

Come on people, this is a joke

AhmadZainiChia
AhmadZainiChia

Henry:

Funny thing, iphone 4 and 4s can upgrade to ios 6, no prob. I thot it was android thathad the upgrade problem. Ah well.

Marco Corona
Marco Corona

 Nothing special here, Apple.  Samsung's Galaxy S3 will continue to surpass the sales of this measly upgrade.  Maybe you should try "stealing" some of their functions...

Henry Holguin
Henry Holguin

Gratz to apple! finally making the phone a little bit bigger, but still no choice between sizes. No external memory cards, so customers will be bottle-necked if they decided on buying a smaller capacity version, inferior CPU compared to Samsung's A9 Quad core processor, a NEW connector, GOD forbid apple conforms to the "UNIVERSAL" Micro USB standard, so now they are forcing their customers to have to buy all new cables for other locations, new docks or adapters, as well as car adapters, etc.. etc.. Nearly 3.5 hours less talk time then the Galaxy S3, a Camera with half the resolution of the Galaxy S3, a New Operating system that released a few new features that Android 4.1 has had for awhile. most of which were around since Android 2.3! Oh and customers STILL have to buy a WHOLE NEW PHONE for something as simple as an operating system update. GRATZ Apple on a great new product..lol I could go on but i think i made my point! haha

rainestorm
rainestorm

Can we free this device from the shackles of iTunes, please?

jabberwolf
jabberwolf

So what they're saying is: the samsung galaxy s3 and Nokia Lumia 920 are just that much better : I agree.

Nathan Lemmon
Nathan Lemmon

Design looks like it comes from the London Olympics. 4X100 relay anyone? 

Enrique Santana
Enrique Santana

yes agreed... Steve jobs keeps turning in his grave.

kaltha15
kaltha15

same old Apple IOS design, boring

IQMinusOne
IQMinusOne

That's why Steve Jobs wowed to destroy android. They know innovation beyond iPhone 4 is difficult, but without android, iPhone would enjoy a monopoly just like Windows has been on the desktop.

It's interesting to see which one will become the PC on mobile.

Raymond Chuang
Raymond Chuang

 However, what happens if Apple gets China Mobile--the world's largest cellphone carrier--to support the iPhone 5? Samsung Galaxy SIII sales will be left in the dust if that happens.

Yacko
Yacko

"a NEW connector, GOD forbid apple conforms to the "UNIVERSAL" Micro USB standard"

I don't think you can render a judgement until we know the relationship between Lightning and Thunderbolt.

Tom Chow
Tom Chow

Your point is filled with several inaccuracies. The speed of the CPU isn't known yet so I don't know how you can say it's slower just yet.

The resolution of the main back camera on the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 are both 8 megapixels, so I'm not sure how you say it's half the resolution. The front camera however is only 1.2 on the iPhone compared to the S3 however, so perhaps you are referring to that.

Also, iOS 6 is coming to the 3GS, 4, 4s and the 5, so again, not sure why you say it's paying for a new phone for the update. You can keep your old phone and upgrade to the new OS.

On your comment regarding Android 2.3 features that iOS, I'm not sure what you're referring to, care to name some? 2.3 was also a highly unpolished OS, though 4.1 has significantly improved on that.

As to the dock, yes, it's annoying to change it and still not be standard. The quoted use time is also supposed to be around an hour less, not 3.5. Definitely less, but not 3.5 hours less.

For spec comparisons: http://www.theverge.com/produc...

For iOS 6 upgrade compatibility: http://gizmodo.com/5942598/ios...

Lavern F. Garcia
Lavern F. Garcia

same old Apple IOS design, boring...AppleMillionaireProject.webs.com

Sam Trutna
Sam Trutna

 And I'm sure the Foxconn employees will be the first in line. Point being, China is full of people, poor people. It's a significant market, but not so much to be leaving anyone in anyone's dust.