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iPhone 5 officially unveiled, 4-inch display, faster A6 chip, and LTE support

Apple has finally taken the wraps off its latest iPhone, the iPhone 5 which according to the company is unlike anything that they, or even anyone in the industry, have made before.

The iPhone 5 is said to be the thinnest smartphone in the world at only 7.6mm thick, that’s 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S. It’s also 20% lighter than before at just 112 grams.

iphone 5

It boasts of a 4-inch Retina display with a 1136 x 640 resolution (326 ppi). It will have the same width as previous iPhones but taller to achieve that almost 16:9 ratio. The display is said to give 44% better color saturation with full sRGB rendering for sharper and less glare when under sunlight. The taller screen allows an extra row of icons and apps not updated for the additional real estate will be displayed in a letterbox format.

The new iPhone is powered by the new A6 chip which is 22% smaller than the previous A5 with twice as fast CPU and GPU.

As for connectivity, it supports GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+ DC-HSPA, and LTE, WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n supporting 2.4GHz and 5GHz. For us Filipinos, there’s a big possibility that it will run on Smart and Globe’s 1800 MHz LTE frequency.

iphone 5 isight

Camera is the same as the iPhone 4S but thinner. You’ll get an 8-megapixel sensor, backside illumination, a 5-element lens and f/2.4 aperture. What’s new are the built-in features such as dynamic low light mode, smart filter to reduce noise, panorama function, and it’s now 40% faster.

The iPhone 5’s camera can do Full HD 1080p video recording with video stabilization and face detection. You can now also take photos while recording. The 1.2 megapixel front camera supports FaceTime HD and can do 720p video recording.

Apple also improved the mic and speakers. It now has 3 mics (front, bottom, back) used for voice recognition and noise cancellation. A 5-magnet transducer should give better sound output thru the speaker with “œWideband audio” support.

iphone 5 lightning

Battery life exceeds that of the iPhone 4S. It can do up to 8 hours of LTE use, or 10 hours of WiFi, or 225 hours in standby. It uses the new “œLightning” connector by the way to charge and connect to a PC. The “œLightning” connector is all-digital, 80% smaller and reversible. Unfortunately, it will render your old speaker docks or accessories useless unless you get an adapter for it.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t seem to believe in NFC as that feature was left out.

It will come in two colors:

  • Black front with black anodized backing
  • White front with raw aluminum backing

And is priced as follows (on contract):

  • $199 – 16 GB
  • $299 – 32 GB
  • $399 – 64 GB

Pre-orders will be available this Friday, Sept. 14 and will be shipping on Sept. 21 in the US, CA, UK, GE, FR, AU, JP, HK, and SG.  22 counties will get it on the 28th but Philippines is not included in that batch. Hopefully we’ll have it this October.

Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Niño Guba with some slight revisions by the editor. Niño is a web/mobile app developer who’s very into consumer technology. He was the PC in the PC vs. Mac wars and also for the green robot eating the apple. Evidently, he’s slowly becoming more accepting of the Apple psyche. If you want to check out the list of gadgets he own, check out his Gdgt page. He’s also a fan of RX93.1’s TMR show and even dedicated a site just for their Top 10s.

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  • Marc

    I think the camera uses a different sensor now, so it’s not really the same camera.. still not a fan of phone cameras, it’s just super convenient.. I’d still use a real camera for shots I want to really come out nice.

    I don’t see how Apple can say it’s unlike anything else they’ve done before.. when just looking at it, it looks like the old iPhone – only longer.. it might be upgraded, but it’s not “unlike anything they’ve ever done before..”

  • Marc

    the new iphone is cool. i have the 4S already and i think its good. the only difference is design change. experience probably the same talaga. http://youtu.be/cQwbuO55jfM

  • I’m kind of disappointed over the appearance and design. It’s taller, and that’s about it. I was expecting a design refresh once the iPhone transitioned from the iPhone 4 and 4S generation. You can argue that the internals are much better, and I’m pretty sure they are. I’m particularly impressed by the camera after seeing some unprocessed shots, but the entire package would have had a much bigger impact on the market if there had been a radical redesign.

    • John G

      Agree. I don’t think Apple lived up to the hype. Iphone 5 was the most anticipated iphone ever. What’s more, most of the leaked images were right on.

      I’m sure the camera will be great, and the processor bump will add more power, but other than that it just got taller and thinner. The shift from 3GS to 4 was more exciting for me. Nothing we haven’t seen before. Nothing groundbreaking. Innovation? Meh.

      • Yep, that’s exactly what I was expecting. Something as exciting as the shift from the 3GS to the 4. Frankly, I think this is what the iPhone 4S should have been.

  • Win

    well this is disappointing… Lumia 920 looked better after this announcement.

    • i somehow have to agree with that. 😀

  • wixz

    Neat and nice design. Love it!

  • len

    a 4s that got taller, idk if it looks better in person but from the pics, 4s looks more appealing. so much for innovation e!

  • Jack

    iPhone’s have bluetooth 4.0 since 4S. I bet the iPhone 5 has it as well.

    • yes it does.. removed that part. thanks!

  • Griswold

    as much as i want to love the new iPhone.. it’s hard… i was more excited with the lumia 920. but i guess mahirap talaga pagandahin pa or iimprove ang maganda nang cellphone to start with.

  • gboy

    The only that came up in my mind is HUH? The new features are easy to spot? Taller and?. I was expecting to much to stand out with new innovations, but they’re skipping it.

  • Ryan

    iPhone 5 is kinna disappointing. It did not live to peoples expectation. iPhone always starts the trend when it comes to innovation. But hey, it is still an iPhone. It is like a new Ferrari with a different color and engine. Nothing changes much from the old one, but a Ferrari is a Ferrari.