A few hours ago Apple revealed the new iPhone 5, probably one of the most rumored ones. So let’s get started.
Speaking of dimension, the iPhone 5 is only taller, but not wider: this means that when you hold it on your hand, it will feel like a normal iPhone, just slightly bigger; in fact the display resolution is 1136×640 pixels, with the same ppi.
It features a 16:9 4″ Retina Display on only 112g of weight, and 18% lighter than the previous generation because now the touch screen sensor is built-in in the display.
Speed and processor
It rocks an Apple designed A6 chip dual-core, quad-core GPUwhich is 2x times faster and powerful than before
LTE technology was finally introduced with support for EU and Asian frequency, which delivers an amazing download speed. 3G is still available for all worldwide carriers with HSPA+, DC-HSDPA support and dual-channel 5GHz Wi-Fi aka 802.11N with a maximum download speed of 150Mpbs.
The front facing camera is now 720p of resolution for FaceTime video calls, an 8MP camera (the same on the 4S) with 1080p recording and Panorama feature. This is available only on the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 and combines multiple shots in a single wide photo with a maximum of 240° view. The face recognisation and video stabilizations also got improved thanks to the new A6 chip.
The iPhone 5 now has three microphones: on the bottom, on the top and on the back near the camera making calls more clear. The speakers instead now have 5 transducers, which delivers a richer and cleaner sound. Headphones are now called “EarPods” which fits almost perfectly on any ear, providing an immersive audio experience.
The iPhone 5 no longer uses the 30 pin connector, but a smaller 8 pin one, which is also reversible (this means that can be plugged in in both ways). Old connectors can still be used, but you need the adapter.
It is slightly better than before, with 8h of 3G and 10h on Wi-Fi and 225h in standby, 40h of music playback and 10h of video playing.
iPhone 5 will be rocking iOS 6 out of the box, which will be available for download 19th september, so next week.
In USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore the iPhone 5 will be available on September 21, while on other countries one week later.
The iPhone 5 is almost here, the 12th is just around the corner. What we should expect to have from the forthcoming new iPhone 5, considering the number of rumors? Let’s try to find out.
A faster processor
First, is a faster processor, because the 4S is running a dual-core A5. We might expect to have the same one on the new iPad or, more probably, a brand-new quad-core A6.
4″ Retina Display
Since the first iPhone, the screen wa 3,5″ wide. As the recent rumors “rumored” the iPhone 5 may be equipped with a wider display. If so, an upgraded version of the processor to the A5X or the right-now-not-real A6 is legit.
4G LTE Wireless
Obviously, the iPhone 5 will be equipped with the support for the blazing fast 4G LTE technology, which allows you to browse the web at a tremedously high speed. Let’s just hope that it will support not only the US frequencies, unlike the third generation iPad.
12 megapixel camera
The iPhone 4S features an 8MP camera and records in Full HD 1080p. Right now most of the smartphones have a 12 megapixel camera, so we can expect an upgrade for photos quality. Nothing to say about the 1080p videocamera.
The iPhone 4’s design is great, but after two generations the iPhone 5 may have a totally renewed design, more likely because of the new 4″ display which (if introduced) will require slighly bigger dimensions.
Another feature that we may find, is the NFC technology, which allows you to pay without the need of your credit card, for example at the Starbucks for a coffee. Just think about the new Passbook integrated app, which stores all the digital coupons and tickets into the iPhone.
Shipped with iOS 6
This is sure. iOS 6 will be released to the public in no more than a month probably. So the iPhone 5 will be shipped with iOS 6 on it and ready to be used. Remeber that iOS 6 will be available for iPad (iPad 2 and the New iPad), iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch (4th gen.).
Do you expect something more?
On March Apple called the third-gen iPad only the “New iPad”, and removing the number after its name. Only the iPhone and the iPad had a number for each model, like iPad 2, iPhone 4 and so on, but why Apple is calling the next-gen iPhone the iPhone 5? Let’s start by saying that the iPhone 5 isn’t the fifth-gen, because:
- 1st: iPhone 2G
- 2nd: iPhone 3G
- 3rd: iPhone 3GS
- 4th: iPhone 4
- 5th: iPhone 4S
- 6th: iPhone 5
It doesn’t make sense. Now we should analyze why these model have a number after the “iPhone” word. For the first two, it’s related to the mobile broadband speed (2G, and 3G), while the 3GS uses the S to indicate the higher general speed of the device. For the next two the broadband speed doesn’t count, because the “4” number only indicates the model, same thing for the “-S” letter.
Now, why iPhone 5? Well, the first thing we think when we read the iPhone name on its box, is the generation. For me, it’s wrong. It doesn’t actually means the generation, but only the “steps” of the product about the external shape, not the hardware speed or the OS version. As an example, think about the iPhone 4 and the 4S, externally these are the same (except for the CDMA band on the side, but it doesn’t count), but not internally, because the 4S it’s faster and more powerful. The second and the third generation though are different speaking of hardware because the 3G sign is intended for the 3G capabilities, but the overall shape is the same. I almost forgot, there’s also the first generation. Well, because it’s the first one, we can’t actually say anything on the name, because there weren’t any iPhones before (maybe in China…) and we can’t have any comparison.
By following this idea, the sixth generation should be totally redesigned externally. What do you think?
The iPhone 5 is almost there. Apple is sending out invites to developers for the upcoming keynote at 10:00 PDT at the Yerba Buena Center. According to the latest rumors, the iPhone 5 might have 4G LTE like the new iPad, a wider display (4″ than 3,5″), totally new dock connector and NFC technology. Now we just have to wait until the 12th September and see what’s going to happen.