Posted on 13-Sep-2012 07:15
Filed under: News
Apple has announced iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for faster performance and 4G wireless technology.
The iPhone 5 introduces the new mobile operating system iOS 6, with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization; and even more Siri features and languages.
“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”
iPhone 5 comes in an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays.
The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S at 1136 x 640 pixels. The new display allows an extra row of icons in the home screen. Existing apps will continue to run in the new display in a letterbox format.
iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has used a single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.
The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the new features in iPhone 5. The A6 provides up to twice the CPU and graphics performance from previous models.
The 8 megapixel iSight camera is still in the iPhone 5, but completely redesigned with new optical performance, and 25 percent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass..
A new panorama feature lets you capture panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to ten faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. A new FaceTime HD front facing camera makes FaceTime calls clear and can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video.
iPhone 5 features the new Lightning connector that is smaller than the previous connector. The Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.
iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. Wideband audio will be supported by over 20 carriers worldwide at launch.
The new smartphone comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of US$ 199 for the 16GB model and US$ 299 for the 32GB model and US$ 399 for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
On Friday, September 21th the iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14.
A week later the iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries, 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.