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iPhone 5 Price, Release Date and Specs Announced

by Paul Strauss

As expected, Apple today revealed the iPhone 5. The new iPhone 5 is the first significant update to the iPhone line in 2 years, after last year’s incremental iPhone 4S release, and just in time for iPhone 4 users’ contracts to expire. Perfect timing again, Apple.

Starting off with the hardware changes, the new iPhone has a 1136 x 640 (326 ppi) resolution, 4″ multitouch display – for the first time offering a true 16×9 display ratio – ideal for viewing HD video content. This bigger screen also buys you one extra row of apps on the home screen. While Apple has already upgraded its bundled apps for the taller screen, existing apps will be centered on the screen with tiny black bars above and below. The new display is also much thinner, and touts 44% more color saturation than the previous model.


From the front, the iPhone 5 doesn’t look dramatically different – though the camera has been centered above the speaker at the top of the phone, and it looks a little stretched out thanks to the larger screen. On the backside of the unibody aluminum case, you can see a two-toned matte finish which looks nice and is should be way less susceptible to breakage than the all-glass back of the last generation. The iPhone is 7.6mm thick and it weighs 112 grams, making it the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet – 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the 4S as a matter of fact.


Under the hood, the iPhone 5 has an upgraded processor, the A6, which Apple says is twice as fast as its predecessor in both the CPU and graphics departments. And thank goodness, Apple has finally jumped on the 4G bandwagon, offering 4G LTE high-speed connectivity. Assuming you live in a 4G coverage area, this is reason alone to upgrade. The phone also supports HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA wireless technologies. Wi-Fi has also gotten a boost, with 802.11a/b/g/n and dual channel 2.4/5GHz support.


Despite the upgrades to CPU and wireless, Battery life is rated at 8 hours on an LTE connection, and 10 hours on Wi-Fi, which I assume they achieved thanks to the new low-power display. Word is that the battery is only a 1440 mAh model – in comparison, the Droid RAZR MAXX has a 3300 mAh battery – but it also has a much larger screen and older display tech.


The iPhone 5’s camera sounds like no slouch, and it has to live up to the stellar camera in the iPhone 4S. It’s got an 8 megapixel sensor with backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, five-element lens and an f/2.4 aperture. A new dynamic low-light mode provides 2 extra f-stops of performance compared to the 4S too. The new camera also is faster by up to 40%, and offers a spacial noise reduction algorithm in its new image processing chip. The camera also supports a panorama mode similar to the one found on Sony cameras, shooting massive 28 megapixel widescreen images.


Video mode offers 1080p HD capture with improvements to image stabilization, as well as face detection, and the ability to snap stills while shooting. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera offers 720p resolution, with backside illumination, face detection. You’ll also be able to use FaceTime on cellular networks now. Also upgraded is the audio system, with three microphones (front, back and bottom), as well as improved speakers. In addition, you’ll note that the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom of the phone.


One major change is the switch from the long-standing 30-pin dock connector to a new all-digital, 8-pin connector, dubbed “Lightning.” While the new connector is more durable and 80% smaller to allow for smaller and thinner devices, it does mean you’ll need to start buying new accessories unless you’rewilling to deal with the use of an adapter.


Of course, Apple will gladly sell you some ugly, but necessary 30-pin-to-Lightning connector adapters for $29 a piece. One can only guess that Apple will make tens of millions of dollars selling these over the next few months.


As anticipated, the iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6, which is loaded with lots of goodies, including improved phone call handling (such as sending a text or SMS when you can’t accept a call,) Facebook integration, upgrades to Safari, Mail, Facetime and Siri. Shared Photo Stream lets you share images with family and friends, and allows comments and likes as well.

The new Passbook app will let you organize tickets, coupons and gift cards in one neat digital wallet. However, it looks like Apple chose to forgo NFC (Near-field communication) technology for now, which certainly doesn’t help the fortunes of that budding technology.


iOS 6 also is the first release to do away with Google’s apps – so both the Maps and YouTube apps you know will be gone. Instead, you’ll get Apple’s new maps app, which features sharp, vector-based images, turn-by-turn navigation, traffic information, Siri and Yelp integration. The only real concern here is how accurate and up-to-date Apple’s mapping data will be in comparison to the years of information Google has collected. As for YouTube, just grab Google’s own new YouTube app now. It’s much better anyhow.


The iPhone 5 will come in three memory configurations: 16GB ($199 USD), 32GB ($299 USD), 64GB ($399 USD) with a 2-year contract.  All models are available in either black or white, with that sexy aluminum back. As a bonus, you can pick up the “old” iPhone 4S for just $99, starting today. 4G LTE Carriers for the iPhone 5 are as follows: U.S.: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon. Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Fido, Virgin Mobile; UK/Germany: T-Mobile; Japan: Softbank and KDDI; Korea: SKT and KT; Hong Kong: SmarTone; and Singapore: SingTel.


The iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order starting this Friday, September 14th, 2012, and will land in stores and homes in North America, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore on September 21st. 20 more countries will get the phone next month. Keep an eye out on the Apple website for pre-order details and more specs.

With all the leaks from parts makers over the last few months, there were no real surprises in today’s announcement, but the iPhone 5 still looks like the most impressive phone Apple has made to date. Assuming battery life is as good as they say, and the 4G networks aren’t brought to their knees when it launches, I can’t see many reasons not to upgrade if you’ve got an iPhone 4 or earlier model.

[Image Credit: gdgt]

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Comments (30):

  1. Not Impressed says:

    Frankly i am not impressed at the Iphone 5….just a bigger screen and slightly better camera….cmon Apple

    • Impressed says:

      Nice Style, Better Usage, Better Battery, Better Camera, New Features, Siri is Better, lighter, bigger scream, more portable, better applications, better memory, photo stream, camera stream… and much more! Can’t belive you are not impressed by the fact that EVERYTHING is much better…

      • Meh says:

        So… it’s an incremental upgrade again? There’s nothing unique or new to the phone at all that makes me go “I MUST HAVE THIS FEATURE!” Everything they added has been on phones for years now.

      • Serious? says:

        You must be joking…There’s absolutely nothing innovative about this phone.
        Upgraded camera and a bigger screen is called being innovative these days? lol

        The best thing I see about this phone is LTE and besides the fact that every smartphone on the market supports LTE, Samsung is already suing Apple for their LTE patent infringement. There’s a very good chance, Apple is not even going to sell iphone5.

        • Xavier Woods says:

          And not to mention 4 inch screens are 2 years ago for Android. 4G LTE is a year and a half old. it shoulda been on the 4s. They didn’t do anything. It’s a real shame when even the iSheep are disappointed. Thank God for Android.

      • Not impressed at all says:

        I agree that this phone is better than 4S (Obviously..) but is it worth an upgrade?? I mean, I have a 4S and I don’t see anything that I should get rid of 4S and go for 5!! Personally, i feel GS3 has much more better features!!

    • ariamachi says:

      You obviously looked over the 4G, battery life and everything else in this article.

      I own a 4S, my contract expires next year. I want to know how much it is without a contract. So I could possibly switch. If not i can wait till the 5S

      • janagel says:

        I have read over it. I used to have the 3, 3g, 3gs, 4, 4s and now have the Galaxy S3 which is by far the better phone. Everyone already has 4G lte (the 4s was supposed to have it and failed) battery life? it is HALF the size battery than what the androids are using and they are considered battery hogs. New speakers, nothing to prove that the Processor is as good as they say it is. Bottom line is that since Jobs passed, Apple has sucked and they know they are behind the times, hence why the continue to sue and go after Samsung, LG and everyone because they all have Superior products.

      • KimmyBeeeeee says:

        I just found it online…16G for $599 and 32G for $699.

    • ScotHIbb says:

      Are you serious? I’m upgrading both mine and my wife’s iPhone 4S’s we bought a year ago for the iPhone 5! 4G LTE was enough to get my motor running! Haters will always hate the largest corporation in the world…you can buy a new iPhone 5 for LESS that it costs for ONE SHARE of Apple Stock…lol. I am counting the seconds until my pre-ordered iPhone 5 arrives at my doorstep! Working from home that day so I don’t miss a moment the the sexy babe!

      • serg says:

        the diffrenceit thathaters can back their opinions and lovers dont,,dont you see apple chose tom ake the iphone5 thnner than using bigger battery,you wont get any help with a thinner phone…thats the nonsense mindset of apple

  2. Snobert says:

    What the hell, why didn’t they tell the price without a contract? Well if it’s $400 for a 2 year contract, I don’t think I want to know..

  3. Meh says:

    “most impressive phone Apple has made to date”

    well i certainly hope so considering they only make one type of phone…

  4. d says:

    Meh.. Now I know for sure I´l wait for the awesome Lumia 920..

  5. Vohe Wala says:

    Galaxy S III Win the Match !!

  6. R30 says:

    Not much different besides the bigger screen and 4G. But iPhone lovers will be iPhone lovers.

  7. The phone look is very gud and,the screen look is excellent it has a charming look ,I am waiting for iPhone 5 from last 6 month to purchase iPhone 5 it is full changed from iPhone 4 . I want to buy as soon as possible Plz give me some choice how can I get I phone 5

  8. Elvis says:

    Id like to get it to be cool because I’m not popular but if I get it maybe I’ll be at least not bullied at scool

  9. Ravinder Singh says:

    Pllzzzz…..Can any bdy tell me about da Iphone 5 price 16gb without Contract…in USA….?????

  10. Goshi says:

    I love iphone

  11. ScotHibb says:

    This. Is. Awesome! Pre-ordered this sexy babe from Sprint as soon as thet opened the site. Paid $924 for a white 64GB (including NJ sales tax) because my Sprint plan was re-upped for the 4S when they started carrying iPhone. Going to wait until I get mine in to upgrade the wife’s 4S to a 5. Seriously, am counting the seconds until it comes in. I hope Apple surprises us like they did with iPad 2 (though notwith ipad “3”) and ship it to pre-orderers a day or two before it hits the streets…

  12. Rylord says:

    hash.. iphone 5? i prefere to use SIII i phone 5 is a big joke of apple they call that innovative i dont see any changes except for big screen and upgraded camera… disappointing im waiting for the release of this phone but im not anymore interested…

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  14. vanessa says:

    RE IPHONE 5 and SIRI and TALKLER. Even with iOS6, and the new iPhone 5, Siri still won’t do email.We need true email inbox management that’s eyes-free. There’s a NEW smartphone app called Talkler — billed as “email for your ears.” Talkler is a free smartphone app for heads-up, hands-off, reads-aloud-to-you,voice-controlled email. So we can reclaim those wasted minutes behind the wheel, and get to the office with an empty inbox. Worth checking out:Facebook.com/Talkler and http://www.Talkler.com

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