iPhone 5 Details & Features
So with the iPhone 5 being announced today at the press conference, just what is the hype about? Have Apple introduced new features that will interest their customer base enough to upgrade and purchase the new handset? Has Apple's ongoing issues with Foxconn taken peoples interest away from supporting a company that forces people to work in poor conditions, or will it not matter to people if they view it as a worthy upgrade? In this article I will cover the revealed features of the new handset and how it's an improvement from the iPhone 4 & 4s.
iPhone 4s sales have recently dropped in anticipation for today's worldwide reveal. Are Apple going to boost their sales of iPhone 5 handsets? or are they waiting to fall off the top spot in technology innovation?
The release date for the iPhone 5 is 21st September 2012 in the UK, and 19th September 2012 in the US.
The iPhone 5 is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter,112 grams total (as opposed to the 140 grams of the iPhone 4s, which is a nice addition to the handset. The Screen size is 4 inches with a resolution of 1136 x 640. Again a nice upgrade from the iPhone 4's 3.5 inch screen and 940 x 640 resolution. The taller screen allows new updates for iWork & iLife. Other apps are the same as before, with black borders.
The iPhone 5 will operate with 4G (also known as LTE) The new company EE (Everything Everywhere) will allow UK users to use the iPhone 5 on a 4G network until more companies offer a 4G service in 2013. This is a great upgrade for the new handset from the previous generations 3G capabilities. 4G is a reported 5 times faster than current 3G technology.
The new A6 chip is said to be twice as fast as far as graphics and applications are concerned. Another good upgrade from the iPhone 4s' A5 chip. The camera has been improved by reducing the size by 25 percent which includes a built in image signal processor on the A6 chip, and a new low light mode, with the front facing camera being upgraded to a 720p capable version. A nice but non spectacular improvement.
No major breakthrough in battery technology seems to have been achieved, although the battery life is slightly better than that of the iPhone 4s. The dock connector will be taking a back seat from now on with the introduction of Apple's new "Lightning" connector to match their "Thunderbolt" data cable technology. The new connector is 80 percent smaller and allows users to plug it in at either end, there will be an adaptor for older accessories allowing them to use the new "Lightning" cable/connector.
The iPhone 4 will now be the entry level iPhone, meaning that the iPhone 3G and 3Gs have been dropped.
The earphones include with the iPhone 5 comes with the new "Apple EarPods featuring a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability, and an incredible acoustic quality typically reserved for higher-end earphones."
Will You Be Upgrading To The iPhone 5?
- Improved Cameras
- Upgraded To A6 Chip
- 4G Capability
- 4" Screen
- 28 Grams Lighter