Introducing the Apple iPhone 5: Bigger Display, LTE, and Much More

by Knowlton Thomas | Apple


Apple has revealed the iPhone 5. Here's everything we know about it.

• It's made entirely of glass and aluminum.

• It's the thinnest smartphone in the world (according to Apple) at a razor-thin 7.6mm.

• It's 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S, weighing just 112 grams.

• It still features Apple's famous Retina Display with 326 pixels per inch.

• It has a four-inch display with a 1136-by-640 screen resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

• The screen now features a fifth row of app icons.

• The display boasts 44% more colour saturation, Apple says.

• The screen's touch sensors are integrated into the display. With a layer removed, it's the most accurate multi-touch device in the industry, according to Apple.

• Apple's phone now supports HSPA+ and LTE (also known as 4G).

• The iPhone 5 now has an A6 chip which Apple says is twice as fast as the A5.

• The smartphone's battery life is better than the iPhone 4S, Apple says. 10 hours of wifi browsing.

• The iPhone 5 has an improved camera. It captures photos up to 40% faster. It's called iSight now.

• The camera has better low light performance and spatial noise reduction, Apple says. It's still eight megapixels. You can also now take panoramic photos with the iPhone 5's enhanced camera.

• The new iSight camera can record in 1080p HD video and features improved video stabilization and face detection. You can even take photos while recording video.

• FaceTime features 720p HD now with backside illumination and face detection.

• The iPhone 5 has a new connector called Lightning (named to match the Thunderbolt connector on other Apple devices). It's faster and 80% smaller. There will be an adaptor for everything that still uses the old 30-pin connector.

• With iOS 6, Apple's new Maps app offers turn-by-turn directions. The search engine has over 100 million points of interest.

• Safari now has full-screen mode, making the most of the iPhone 5's larger screen.

• Apple's new Passbook can be access via the lockscreen. Example: boarding pass at airport can be scanned via Passbook from device's lockscreen.

• iOS 6 also brings an updated Siri, which delivers sports scores and movie theatre listings among other new integrations.

• The iPhone 5 will be availble in black and white.

• At least in the US, the iPhone 5 will cost the exact same as the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4 is now $0 and the 4S is $99 (with full term contracts). Outright the device will start at $699 in Canada.

• Pre-orders start September 14. The iPhone 5 ships September 21 in Canada. By end of year, it will be in 100 countries across 240 carriers.

• iOS 6, which is a free upgrade for the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4GS, iPad 2, new iPad, and 4th-gen iPod Touch, launches September 19.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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