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Apple Unveils the iPhone 5: 4-inch display, LTE, A6 Processor, iSight Camera

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 5. The new flagship phone weighs in at 112 grams, 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S, and is 7.6mm thick, 18 percent thinner than its predecessor. A new 4-inch display has been added to the iPhone 5, with the resolution staying similar to the Retina display on the 4S, coming in at 1136 x 640, adding more pixels for a fifth row of icons on the homescreen.

Apple executive Phil Schiller said, “This is the most accurate display in the industry. The touch sensors are integrated right into the display itself. We removed a layer and made it sharper. This is the world’s most advanced display, and I couldn’t be prouder of it.” First-party apps have been updated to take advantage of the new real estate, and third-party apps should have no difficulty being updated, according to Schiller.

The iPhone 5 will take advantage of LTE networks around the world, thanks in part to Apple’s new ultrafast wireless technology. “There’s now a single chip for voice and data, and a single radio chip. And we have a unique Apple advantage with a dynamic antenna,” said Schiller. Wi-fi capabilities have also been upgraded to work on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz at up to 150mbps.

Apple has included the A6 processor in the iPhone 5, which we predicted back in March. The new SoC is 22 percent smaller than the A5, and performance has doubled in processing speeds and graphics over its predecessor. Apple has managed to increase the battery life in the iPhone 5, getting eight hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of wi-fi browsing, and 225 hours of standby time out of the new handset.

A new iSight camera is present in the iPhone 5, and it looks good. An 8MP sensor, five-element lens with features like a hybrid IR filter, f/2.4 aperture,  backside illumination, and enhancements such as dynamic low-light mode, precision lens alignment make this possibly the best camera ever in a mass-produced smartphone. The iSight camera allows the iPhone 5 to be 40 percent faster on photo capture than the 4S, and take stunning panorama shots. The front-facing camera has also been improved, with the iPhone 5 finally getting Facetime HD.

Apple has improved on the audio system of the iPhone 5, bringing an extra microphone for a total of three. An improved speaker design has allowed it to shrink by 20 percent. The iPhone 5 has a noise-canceling earpice, and wideband audio, which according to Schiller allows Apple to “fill up more of the frequency spectrum.”

With the iPhone 5, Apple has sent out the first major overhaul to the dock connector since its release in 2003. The new connector, dubbed ‘lighting’ is a reversible 8-signal cord designed for improved durablility. Don’t worry about your current 30-pin connector, Apple said there will be adapters available for the old connectors.

All of these features will utilize Apples new operating system, iOS 6. The iPhone 5 will be available on September 21st in the U.S., Canada, France, U.K., Germany, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Apple expects the device to be in 100 countries and on 240 carriers by December 2012. Prices start at $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB version.

Press Release:

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced iPhone® 5, 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.

“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created”

“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”

iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish.

The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S, making the already incredible Retina display even better. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content including amazing apps optimized for the larger Retina display, widescreen HD video, a full five days of your Calendar and more of every web page.

iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content even faster. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.***

The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the incredible new features in iPhone 5, including the stunning new 4-inch Retina display—all while delivering even better battery life. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance, almost everything you do on iPhone 5 is blazing fast for launching apps, loading web pages and downloading email attachments.

The 8 megapixel iSight® camera is the most popular camera in the world and with iPhone 5, it’s even better. The new camera is completely redesigned with incredible optical performance, yet amazingly it’s 25 percent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images. The new panorama feature lets you capture jaw-dropping panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. A new FaceTime® HD front facing camera makes FaceTime calls incredibly clear and can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video. iPhone 5 also allows you to share photos with friends and family using iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams.

iPhone 5 features the new Lightning™ connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the previous connector. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it’s reversible so you can instantly connect to your accessories. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.****

iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. Wideband audio will be supported by over 20 carriers worldwide at launch. 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.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new user features including: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover™ view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings;***** Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 4S will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract.****** iOS 6 software will be available on Wednesday, September 19 as a free software update.

iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

* LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.

** Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

*** Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.

**** Sold separately.

***** Not all features are supported in all countries.

****** Availability varies by carrier.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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