Are you ready for the iPhone 5? Preorders start this week. Here’s what’s new with Apple’s handset.
1) Larger Screen
Confirmed is the larger screen of the iPhone 5. It’s a 4-inch Retina display, and retains the width of the previous handsets. Apple says that this is because the width feels comfortable in a human hand.
2) Lightning connector
The new port is called Lightning. It helped make the phone smaller and lighter. It will also help make future iOS devices smaller and lighter. It is much easier to use than previous connectors because it is reversible. This means it can be put in the iPhone in either direction (this used to be a pain with older iOS devices, especially in the dark when you were trying to plug in just before bed).
They will also be offering an adapter that will allow people to use their old accessories with the device.
3) Aluminum back
The back is now made of aluminum. This is much more durable than the glass used in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. It’s quite nice looking from the pictures, actually. The white iPhone 5 has a raw aluminum look, and the black iPhone has a charcoal color to it.
4) Thinner and Lighter
The new iPhone is thinner and lighter. It’s 7.6 mm thick, and weighs 112 grams. This means it’s the lightest iPhone Apple has made.
5) Camera specs
The iPhone 5 has an 8MP camera. The specs are as follows:
- 8-megapixel iSight camera
- Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
- FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
- Tap to focus video or still images
- Face detection in video or still images
- LED flash
- Improved video stabilization
- Photo and video geotagging
The camera now takes panoramas that are a whopping 28MP. It does better under low-light conditions, features improved image stabilization for video capture, Face detection, HD recording and a FaceTime HD camera.
You can see some photos taken with the iPhone 5 here. They are undoctored, according to Apple.
6) Battery life
The battery life is improved. Apple wanted to make sure they had a long battery life, especially given the 4G speeds. Here’s the specs on that:
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
- Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
- Standby time: Up to 225 hours
- Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
- Video playback: Up to 10 hours
- Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
7) Cellular connectivity
Apple is making this handset have fast connectivity. Waiting for that 4G LTE iPhone? It’s happening. Here’s what Apple says:
iPhone 5 supports more networks all over the world. That includes advanced networks such as HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA. Browse, download, and stream content at ultrafast speeds. Dual-band 802.11n wireless connectivity accelerates your Wi-Fi experience, too — up to 150 Mbps.
Here’s more for those who care about numbers and stuff:
- GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
- CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
- GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
8) Headphone jack is moved
The headphone jack is now at the bottom of the handset. This doesn’t seem to do anything, but it’s entirely possible that it moved as they rearranged internal components to fit the new design.
Release date and pricing
Preorders for the iPhone 5 start Friday the 14th. It ships on the 21st. It will cost $199 for the 16GB model. The 32GB model will run $299 and the 64GB iPhone 5 will cost you $399.