The iPhone 5 (A1429) is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever. Completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology all while delivering even better battery life. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system 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.
Taller and thinner
new iPhone is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S and also 20 percent lighter for a total of 3.95 ounces. The Retina Display expands from 3.5 inches. The total resolution remains the same, though, at 326 pixels per inch. The total pixel count is 1,136x640 and we now have a 16:9 aspect ratio. Touch sensors are now built into the display itself, which makes it 30 percent thinner as a result and less prone to glare.
LTE and carriers
Phone 5 supports more networks all over the world. That includes advanced networks such as HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA. Browse, download, and stream content at ultrafast speeds. Dual-band 802.11n wireless connectivity accelerates your Wi-Fi experience, too — up to 150 Mbps.
A faster chip
The iPhone 5 will offer an A6 chip, which is two times faster than the current A5 chip. Graphics will get faster speeds, as well. Yet, despite the speedier performance, the new chip will be 22 percent smaller than the A5. According to Apple's specs, users will see Web pages load 2.1 times faster, and the Music app with songs will load 1.9 times faster.
More battery life
Not only is the A6 chip custom designed to be fast, it’s custom designed to work with iOS 6 to be extremely power efficient. So even at its accelerated speed, iPhone 5 has more than enough battery power to last throughout the day — up to 8 hours of browsing on a cellular connection, up to 8 hours of talk time, and up to 10 hours of video playback time.
The main shooter, or the "iSight" camera, stays at 8 megapixels (with the best resolution being 3,264x2,448 pixels) with a feature list that includes backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, and a f2.4 aperture. A dynamic light mode is new, and you should be able to launch photography apps up to 2.1 times faster.
The secondary front camera now can shoot 720p HD video and it gets a backside illuminated sensor.
Video resolution remains at 1080p HD, though image stabilization has been improved and face detection is now available in clips for up to 10 people. And in a nice move, you can take photos while you're shooting video.
The iPhone 5 gets an additional microphone for a total of three. You'll find one on the bottom, on on the handset's front face, and one on its rear side. What's more, the speaker now has five magnets (so up from two), which is apparently better and it's supposed to use 20 percent less space. The noise canceling feature should be improved, as well, and there's a new wideband audio feature that promises more natural-sounding voices. Twenty percent of carriers will support wideband audio, but so far we only know that Orange in the United Kingdom will be among them.
Inside, the iPhone 5 will debut with iOS 6 already on board. Highlights include the new Apple Maps app, Passbook, shared photo streams, Siri updates, and the aforementioned FaceTime over 3G. For more on Apple's newest mobile OS update, check out our iOS 6 First Take.
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G Network||LTE 850/1800/2100 MHZ|
|BODY||Dimensions||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||LED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, propriety ringtones|
|Internal||32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM|
|Speed||DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Plus Cellular|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR|
|Video||Yes, 1080p@30fps, LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging|
|Secondary||Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, videocalling over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G|
|BATTERY||Standard battery, Li-Po|
|Stand-by||Up to 225 h (2G) / Up to 225 h (3G)|
|Talk time||(2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 40 h|