During the grand press launch in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Apple Inc. officially launched the highly-anticipated iPhone 5.
Some of the rumors published on Technology blog “Tech Crunch” saying that iPhone 5 is slimmer, lighter and faster were all true!
Based from Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller‘s announcement, here are the specifications of the iPhone 5:
- The iPhone 5 is 18% thinner and has 12% less overall volume than the iPhone 4s/
- The iPhone 5 is 20% lighter/
- The iPhone 5 features an improved processor called the Apple A6, which is claimed to achieve twice the performance of the A5.
- The iPhone 5 includes 4G LTE connectivity.
- The iPhone 5 built-in camera has improved low light performance, and is 40% faster than in iPhone 4s. It has a built-in panorama mode and lets users snap photos while recording video at the same time. The rear camera has an 8 MP back-side illuminated sensor with HD video of up to 1080 pixels. The front camera captures 1.2 MP with HD video of up to 720 pixels.
- The iPhone 5 battery, a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery is rated at 225 hours of standby time, 8 hours of talk time and 8 hours of 3G and LTE web browsing.
- The iPhone 5’s 4-inch retina display has a much-improved 1,136 x 640 pixel with aspect ratio close to 16:9.
- The iPhone 5 has storage capacities of 16, 32 or 64 GB.
- The iPhone 5 has two color options: blak with black glass and slate gray colored metal trim, and white with white glass and silver colored metal trim.
- The SIM will be a nano-SIM, which is smaller than the micro-SIM fitted to the iPhone 4 and 4S.
- The iPhone 5 has a smaller, improved audio speaker.
- The iPhone 5 has 3 microphones located at front, back, and bottom.
- The iPhone 5 has an all-digital, eight-pin Dock Connector called “Lightning” which replaces the older 30-pin dock connector on older iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Despite these impressive improvements, two features that have been rising in popularity but didn’t make it to the sixth-generation iPhone are near field communications (NFC) and wireless charging.
NFC is the technology that allows users to tap a credit card on a receiver to transfer information instead of swiping the magnetic strip. It’s getting popular around the world but I guess, iPhone aficionados can live without it.
The gadget will be available in 16, 32, and 64GB models in the US, which will cost $199, $299, and $399 respectively with a two-year contract from a mobile service provider.
iPhone 5 pre-orders begins on September 14 and shipping begins on September 21st.