As expected, Apple announced the iPhone 5 today at their scheduled event. The new phone comes with many of the features that were predicted by tech blogs in the past few months, including a bigger screen, a new adapter, and 4G LTE coverage. Notably absent from the new phone was NFC technology and wireless charging capabilities. While the new phone was impressive, it lacked any significant new features from the last iteration of the iPhone, the 4S.
The phone is made of glass and aluminum. It will have a 326ppi Retina display. The screen will be 4 inches, with a 1136 x 640 resolution. In essence, it is the same width as previous iPhones, but taller. Apple claims the new phone is the thinnest smartphone available at 7.6mm in width. It is 20% lighter than the 4S, weighing only 112 grams.
The newest iPhone will sport an A6 chip that is two times faster than the A5 in the iPhone 4S. It will also have 802.11a/b/g/n with dual channel up to 150 Mbps. The battery is also improved, with up to 8 hours of 3G or 4G browsing, and 10 hours of WiFi browsing. The camera is similar to the one placed in the 4S at 8 megapixels with a 5-element lens. The backside camera is capable of taking 1080p video, while the front side camera can now take 720p video. FaceTime will now be available over cellular networks.
The iPhone 5 will be available on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. All three will offer 4G LTE coverage for the new phone. It will also be available in Canada, Asia, and Europe. Pre-orders begin on Friday, September 14th. The phone will ship on September 21st, one week later. Pricing follows the same model as the 4S: the 16GB model will be $199, the 32GB model will be $299, and the 64GB model will be $399. Those prices are with a contract through a cellular provider.