Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 5

Apple’s latest creation boasts a thinner, lighter frame and innovative new features

iPhone 5 in Black

Apple announced the release of the iPhone 5 on Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (Image: Apple)

Swarms of loyal Apple fans—and even Android enthusiasts—followed the Cupertino, Calif.-based corporation’s announcement on Wednesday, which confirmed the highly anticipated 6th generation iPhone. History was made yesterday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco with Apple unveiling not only its latest products, but impressive data points like how the company recently sold its 400 millionth iOS device and that the app store now hosts over 700,000 apps. But what stood out the most was the company’s introduction of the iPhone 5 to the world.

Will Apple be able to innovate beyond the iPhone 5 with the latest updates of speed, size and connectivity?  According to Wall Street analysis, by the end of the fourth quarter, Apple is predicted to ship as many as 10 million iPhone 5 devices, with the possibility of 50 million being sold in the holiday quarter.  This means that approximately 60 million phones, cameras and video recorders would be sold in the first three months or so.  The confluence of this device changes everything, the businesses that it powers and even other tech gadgets being manufactured. With pre-orders of the iPhone 5 opening up this Friday, for delivery on September 21, see what consumers can expect from Apple’s latest creation.

iPhone 5 Key Features

The new iPhone 5 is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the previous iPhone 4S but there aren’t many surprises with all the rumors and leaks online about the updates.

LTE Mobile Broadband: Connectivity has now reached a new level with 4G LTE mobile broadband, which will be supported by the various carriers in the U.S. including AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. In Canada, it will be supported by Rogers, Fido, Bell and Telus.

Larger Screen: The iPhone 5 has a 4” retina display, which is larger than the iPhone 4S, allowing users the ability to view an additional row of app icons on the home screen. It also provides more real estate for viewing emails.  The screen display is 1136 x 640 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio that supports widescreen movies.

Improved Camera: There is a thinner 8-megapixel sensor with 3264 x 2448 resolution and backside illumination for low-light mode and face detection. The camera is 25% smaller.  It also supports 1080p and has a built-in panorama mode for picture taking. The front camera now boosters HD video quality for Facetime with cellular connectivity.

Wideband Audio, Supports HD Voice: The audio sound is much richer with five magnets in the transducer.  Re-designed noise-canceling earpieces and an improved voice recognition are standard equipment as well.

New A6 Chip: The new A6 chip is twice as fast and double the performance of the A5 silicon chip. And it is 22% smaller.

Battery Life: The battery life, which has always been an issue with iPhone devices, now allows for 10 hours of video playback, 8 hours of 3G talk and 8 hours of web browsing with 4G LTE, according to Apple.  The 4S offers the same thing (8 hours of talk and web) but considering this is powering a larger, faster, more powerful phone, it’s acceptable.

Lightening Dock Connector: Apple is leaving the 30-pin dock connector port behind with its introduction of a smaller port. The 8-pin connector allows users to charge and transfer data digitally.

The iOS 6 operating system for the iPhone 5 is new, but will also power other iOS devices including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 4th gen, iPad 2 and iPad 3. The iPhone 5 retails for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB).

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