Apple finally showcased the world to the new iPhone 5, and everything was expected on the similar lines. The update was more on the details rather than focusing on new features which is fine for me. It’s not always getting something new, it’s also about enhancing something that already exists.
One thing that I liked in the Apple iPhone 5 are the dimensions, the new iPhone 5 featured a 4 inch display, but the width of the phone remains same to make the iPhone5 fit on your palm for one hand operation. I like the Samsung Galaxy S3, but it’s ridiculously big and most of the other high-end devices are following in that direction only, i.e. the use of a large display. I don’t get the logic that if the phone has to be high-end, it has to feature a big HD display. There is also a thing called ergonomics which only Apple seems to have thought.
Now, lets get on with the hardware front on the new iPhone 5. The iPhone5 has a width of 7.6 millimeters thickness and weighs 112 grams, which is some 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 has the same earlier seen retina display pixel density of the iPhone 4S at 326ppi, but it’s now 4 inches tall with aspect ratio of 16:9 that can render the resolution of 1136×640 pixels, with 44 percent more color saturation observed than the 4S. You will now be able to see 5 rows of icons on the screen due to the added .5 inches to the screen.
The new iPhone 5 will run on iOS6 and apps which were running on a 3.5 inch screen will also run by placing black borders at the corners or adjusting the app at the center.
It comes with great network support, the best seen so far. With respect to connectivity, it has HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, LTE, and 802.11a/b/g/n (both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands in 802.11n).
The camera module on the new iPhone 5 is 8-megapixel resolution with backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, f/2.4 aperture, panorama (see the image above), and the ability to capture 1080p video. The module remains same, however there are changes which are yet to be tested.
Apple also introduced a new connector called ”Lightning.” It features an 80 percent smaller 8-signal design. Apple has designed some type of a cap which won’t make the existing 30 pin connector obsolete.
Apple retains the same price for the new iPhone4 with16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and $399 for 64GB with a two-year contract. Pre-orders open on September 14, and the phone ships September 21 in the United States. AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will all support the iPhone 5 on 4G LTE.