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September 13, 2012

It’s official — Apple unveils the iPhone 5

The long wait is finally over as Apple announced the latest iteration famous of the iPhone, the iPhone 5. Sharing the spotlight with the iPhone 5 is the new A6 chip which would run the show under the hood and iOS 6 which will be face of the new iPhone.

The new iPhone will have 4-inch display which has the same width as its predecessor but only taller. The scree will have a 1136 x 640 resolution and a pixel density of 326ppi. It is also mentioned that it’ll have a 44% better color saturation thanks to its full sRGB rendering.

Along with the iPhone 5, Apple has also unveiled a new processor which will power up the new iPhone. Dubbed as the A6, the new chip is said to be 22% smaller than the A5 but has double the amount of CPU and GPU power and more power efficient. Speaking of power efficiency, the iPhone 5 is said to have 8 hours on 3G/LTE talk time or 10 hours of browsing over WiFi.

In terms of connectivity, it’s confirmed that the iPhone 5 will have LTE support along with the other wireless options like HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. FaceTime over cellular network is also a welcome feature so users can take advantage of the super-fast internet speed. That said feature is just one of the many new things that the new iOS 6 brings to the table. It’s also said that the new Apple OS will be rolled out to three previous models of the iPhone (4S, 4 and 3Gs), two iPads (New iPad and iPad 2) and iPod touch starting September 19.

In addition to this, the A6 chip-iOS 6 tandem will responsible for the operation of the iPhone 5′s 8MP f/2.4 iSight camera. The new processor is said to increase the snapper’s ability quickly to shoot photos by up to 40%, enhances its low-light performance and lessens the image noise. The chip is also mentioned to enable the camera to shoot stills while recording a video and improves the video stabilization.

The iPhone 5′s 7.6mm thin body which only weighs 112g is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4s. When asked why they decided to go for this design, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that “We designed the phone to fit perfectly in your hands.” Another new thing about the iPhone 5′s design is the smaller connector, 80% smaller to be precise.

This new feature may come as bad news for some, especially for those who built their entertainment system (mostly speaker docks) around the bigger iPhone connector which dates back to 9 years. But it’s not all that bad as the smaller connector, which is called Lightning, is now reversible and would Apple has decided to go for the usual black and white tone with the iPhone 5, only this time the phone will feature a different back depending on the color. The black one will sport a black anodized back side while the white will feature an aluminum posterior.

Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5 starting on 14th and will start shipping the goods by the 21st with 9 countries getting it first including US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore followed by 20 other countries (hopefully including Philippines) next month.

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79 Responses to “It’s official — Apple unveils the iPhone 5”

  1. nyieto
    Twitter: mharvzzz02
    says:

    wala halos pinag bago.. size and LTE lang konting design, benta q na iphone4s q.. lipat na aq sa wp8 920 lumia or gs3/note 2.. pang newbie lang yang mga iphone na yan, khit jailbreak u pa wala paring kwenta.. kung hindi ka maka tech, pero gusto u maging in ka, mag iphone ka, pero kung maka tech ka, go for android ma ccustomize u pa. kung mali man spell q sorry po hindi naman po kase aq perpekto.. thanks and godbless

  2. phil says:

    That’s what Apple get when they are just relying on suppliers for the iphone’s parts.

    I think the OS is the only thing that Apple created on this device. Everything else where produced by Apple’s suppliers.

    Display by LG/Sharp, chips by Samsung and camera by Sony.

    Never expect Apple to bring in the best hardware for the latest iphone. Almost everything were already present in its competitors.

    I was disappointed because Apple focused on the hardware on today’s announcement instead of their software.

    • Edu
      Twitter: Tarakiman
      says:

      “Never expect Apple to bring in the best hardware for the latest iphone. Almost everything were already present in its competitors.”
      Are you sure on what you are talking? What competitor has produced a solid unibody aluminum case that is polished like a precious jewel, or produced a A15 processor that is more advanced than any one could produced?-(I’m talking to the A6 that Apple has integrated two ARM Cortex A15 cores. The Cortex-A15 is the next major jump for the ARM architecture, which calls the core “the highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen.”

    • nano says:

      @ phil
      you are 100% right man!
      I-PHONE 5 IS A BIG DISAPPOINTING !

      SMALL SCREEN JUST 4″ INCHES FOR A HIGH END FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE?

      DISPLAY WAS MADE BY
      LG-DISPLAY!
      lg provide the best display for their Optimus g.
      Other I-phone5′s parts were made by other manufacturers :
      SONY,
      SAMSUNG,
      SHARP …

      only 8MP CAM. nothing new!!!
      almost everything were already found on s3, Optimus G. and other smartphones on the market.

      Optimus G. will kill i-Phone5 in term of PERFORMANCE !!!!!

    • nano says:

      WHAT IS AN I-PHONE 5?

      ONLY 1 GB OF RAM?
      ONLY 8 MP CAMERA?
      ONLY 4″ INCHES SCREEN?
      ONLY 1136 x 640 resolution

      Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion

      Proprietary USB connector – have to use its cable instead of a standard microUSB

      how about the battery?

      BIG Disappointing !

      LG’s OPTIMUS G. is way better!!!

  3. Edu
    Twitter: Tarakiman
    says:

    Here’s the catch to those bashing on Apple’s hardware! Listen up Fandoids!!! “This is a huge deal because it means Apple beat both TI and Samsung on bringing A15s to market.”

    Previous generations of the Apple-designed chips used in iOS devices used ARM Cortex-A8 (the iPad / iPhone 4 A4) and Cortex-A9 (iPad 2 / iPhone 4S A5) processor cores. The Cortex-A15 is the next major jump for the ARM architecture, which calls the core “the highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen.”

    • @edu says:

      Because being first means they’re the best. Ever.
      /sarcasm

    • topgun says:

      ip5′s cpu IS NOT an AMR Cortex A15 chip..

    • Edu
      Twitter: Tarakiman
      says:

      Yeah, my bad.

      Prior to the announcement Anandtech speculated the iPhone 5‘s SoC would simply be a higher clocked version of the 32nm A5r2 used in the iPad 2,4. After all, Apple seems to like saving major architecture shifts for the iPad.

      However, just prior to the announcement they received some information pointing to a move away from the ARM Cortex A9 used in the A5. Given Apple’s reliance on fully licensed ARM cores in the past, the expected performance gains and unpublishable information that started all of this they concluded Apple’s A6 SoC likely featured two ARM Cortex A15 cores.

      It turns out they were wrong. But pleasantly surprised.

      The A6 is the first Apple SoC to use its own ARMv7 based processor design. The CPU core(s) aren’t based on a vanilla A9 or A15 design from ARM IP, but instead are something of Apple’s own creation.

  4. blaze says:

    Are you sure on what you are talking? What competitor has produced a solid unibody aluminum case that is polished like a precious jewel, or produced a A15 processor that is more advanced than any one could produced?-(I’m talking to the A6 that Apple has integrated two ARM Cortex A15 cores. The Cortex-A15 is the next major jump for the ARM architecture, which calls the core “the highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen.”

    which was made by…………???

    • phil says:

      exactly!

    • Edu
      Twitter: Tarakiman
      says:

      “which is made by_______???? Made and designed by Apple!!!
      “You must be confused by the argument ” who manufactured what” do you think just because LG produced the retina dispaly, or TMSC manufactured the A6 processor, or Sony manufactured the iSight camera, or Foxconn produced the aluminum unibody and assemble the iPhone 5, they can claim its theirs? Or they can use to their own product? Or produced and sell it to other cellphone vendors? Apple is the sole company who can use their own designed product!

    • Mau says:

      @Edu
      Sony has their Experia P which has an aluminum unibody MADE by Foxconn. A lot of phones are already unibody. Never heard of HTC ONE X?

      The A6 SOC is a re-branded Cortex A15 made by ARM which will also be used by HTC, Sony, Samsung, LG, etc under different names. It is available as dual or quad cores. Apple chose duals cores.

      The Iphone5′s “retina display” is 326 dpi.
      HTC Rezound(342), Nokia Lumia 920(331), E6(328), HTC One X (312) Huwaei Ascend (330) LG Optimus (329), 4xHD(312) & Spectrum (326), Samsung GS3 (306), etc.

      Apple submits their designs to OEMS for manufacturing, true. But so does everyone else. And they don’t have the best-in-class products/features/parts like they used to. Their “exclusivity” is no longer significant.

      Just the fact that it does not have NFC makes it at least 1 year behind HTC and Samsung. Not to mention wireless charging and quad core SOC. And only now they “upgraded” to 4.0″ screens?

      And this is what Blaze meant. Apple is losing their edge over their competitors. No new features in the Iphone 5 can be considered bleeding-edge and it is disappointing.

    • Sonny says:

      Qualcomms s4 chips, heared of those?

    • Edu
      Twitter: Tarakiman
      says:

      @ MAU I will answer your questions and give my views on all your thoughts paragraph by paragraph. Listen Miss
      1.(Sony has their Experia P which has an aluminum unibody MADE by Foxconn. A lot of phones are already unibody. Never heard of HTC ONE X?)
      >Yes I’ve heard of the HTC one X and held it personally as well as the Experia P and you want to know my score? Experia P is Not going for the stylish look, it still look sleek although a bit on the chunky side with its aluminum and edgy unibody. Take a look on the iphone 5 so you can compare how well it was made or read this few early reviews http://www.anandtech.com/show/6283/iphone-5-hands-on-pics-and-video , The One X is made from polycarbonate – posh plastic, basically…. Still not aluminum… and one thing more…. It’s too F****** Big to hold it in one hand! There’s a lot of Phones that uses unibody but they all lacked elegance.
      2.(The A6 SOC is a re-branded Cortex A15 made by ARM which will also be used by HTC, Sony, Samsung, LG, etc under different names. It is available as dual or quad cores. Apple chose duals cores.)
      >Not The same process of Cortex A15 that used by those android phones you mentioned. Reportedly, Apple has integrated two ARM Cortex A15 cores on Samsung’s 32nm LP HK+MG process. On the other hand it is never really been about how many cores or clockspeeds with them has it? It’s always about how well it works at the end of the day, and needless extra gigahertz just to compete with the clock speed rat race over at Android camp is just detrimental to the overall performance of the device.
      2.(The Iphone5′s “retina display” is 326 dpi.
      HTC Rezound(342), Nokia Lumia 920(331), E6(328), HTC One X (312) Huwaei Ascend (330) LG Optimus (329), 4xHD(312) & Spectrum (326), Samsung GS3 (306), etc.)
      >So what is your point of enumerating all of those high PPI phones? LCDs and OLEDs are different and each manufacturer has their own unique implementation of technology these displays. Did you prove anything that anyone has used the technology that Apple had implemented to the iPhone’s Display? And wait for Displaymate’s review of the iproved retina Display of iPhone 5 so you can compare to the latest display of other phones.
      3.(Apple submits their designs to OEMS for manufacturing, true. But so does everyone else. And they don’t have the best-in-class products/features/parts like they used to. Their “exclusivity” is no longer significant.)
      > Apple has proven that they always used premium materials to build their phones. Site an example of a company that produces premium products mostly if not at all. Yes Samsung, Motorola, LG, Nokia and others has produced well built phones but it’s just a fraction of their crappy and cheap plastic phones they produced. Sad to know but that’s the truth!
      4.(Just the fact that it does not have NFC makes it at least 1 year behind HTC and Samsung. Not to mention wireless charging and quad core SOC. And only now they “upgraded” to 4.0″ screens? )
      >I quoted this from BGR “On why the iPhone 5 doesn’t have NFC, Schiller told AllThingsD, “It’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem” and “Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today.” Schiller has every right to call NFC a nascent feature that has yet to have a ubiquitous presence — just ask Google (GOOG) how its Google Wallet program is doing. (Hint: Not as well as Google had hoped.)
      As for why Apple isn’t pursuing wireless charging the way Nokia (NOK) is with its Lumia 820 and 920 smartphones, Schiller said that wireless charging pads still need to be plugged into a wall and offer no real convenience over attaching a standard charging cable.” Here’s the link so you can read it http://www.bgr.com/2012/09/13/iphone-5-nfc-wireless-charging-interview/

      So what wrong about 4.0 Display eh? Phones should be held by one hand for ease of use and portability. Unless, you have a super sized hand and extra long fingers (which I Doubt you have) to easily reach all the extent of those 4.5” or bigger display used by others, then you can convince me to get extra large phones. Phones are phones and if you want a F****** Big Display, go get a Tablet..

      5. (And this is what Blaze meant. Apple is losing their edge over their competitors. No new features in the Iphone 5 can be considered bleeding-edge and it is disappointing.)
      > DISAPPOINTING? IMHO, I think a lot of Android users were hoping for NFC in the new iPhone 5 in the hope it may nudge retailers into implementing it. In that respect I appreciate why a typical Android users are so disappointed.
      Just wait till the iPhone 5 is officially released before you throw some non-sense sour grapping. Try to used it first and compare to those phones that you believe it is better than the new iPhone.
      And one more thing, don’t call me troll or iFan, because I own both iOS and Android. Specifically owned 3GS, i4S, iPad(3rd Gen), Xperia Arc and Galaxy SII. To tell you the truth, using Android phones are pain in the ass when it comes to overall performance. I’m talking to Android’s Buggy and Lagging UI, persistent app crashing, and unreliable stability. Plus the fact that it has the highest rate of vulnerability! Read it for your self http://www.bgr.com/2012/09/13/android-malware-2012-slow-device-updates/

    • phil says:

      never argue with a fanboy for you will never win :)

    • Mau says:

      @Edu
      : Unibody topic – I am stating the fact that a unibody case is not a feature Apple can boast as much as they did before. Beauty is subjective. And if you think One X/S is not elegant, IMO the iphone is a brick. Slim, but still a brick. So apple doesn’t “win it” because it looks good for you.

      We agree on the Experia though. ^^

      :SOC and Gigahertz race – If you think Apple is over and beyond the Gigahertz race, then why did Apple go and used the Cortex A15? Because it sells! Apple knows that it’s not about, “how well it works in the end of the day…” because that won’t sell at all. Look what happened with WP7/7.5 spec limits. In the end of the day the restricted(mediocre) specs gave users a great experience but people were still complaining about how mediocre it is.

      They need to put that SOC there not because it needs it per se, but just to make sure it would stand out from competitors for now = gigahertz/performance race. Apple is not immune to it.
      :Retina display – I stated those devices to present that the PPI part of their Retina display is nothing new or exclusive. It wasn’t their original idea.

      Saturation, contrasts, refresh rates, etc are also big (if not bigger) factor on how the display looks. Even if the display in the Iphone 5 is the best, it wouldn’t mean that SuperAMOLED, SuperLCD and ClearBlack tech would suddenly be disgusting to look at.

      :Premium materials – Aluminum is NOT a premium material. We use it as foil FCOL.It’s the way apple used aluminum for its phone is elegant. But it losses elegance the more frequent apple uses the same design year after year.

      The older gen i-phones used plastic parts. Does that mean apple used to sell non-premium products?

      Apple of course would have s better winning-design streak than everyone else because they only have a handful of products – and only one phone. Can they blame people from saying it is starting to look like, “meh” if it’ll continue to look the same way year after year, regardless premium materials or not?

      : NFC – The basis of this argument was Apple is no longer the risk-taker/innovator it was before when it comes to emerging tech. They took the risk with Firewire, mini floppies, Thunderbolt, Wifi, airplay and SSD as standard feature set – even when they were not the clear and definite solution to the problem/field at their time. And since that the NFC is more than just for e-commerce, they are missing an opportunity to be THE INNOVATOR of other application of the tech.

      And, “Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today.” TODAY? You don’t innovate/revolutionize something for today, you do it for the FUTURE.

      So its sad.

      And yeah, you are right, personally I hoped apple would adopt NFC by now to push the market into it. Don’t you want something as great as NFC to be a globally accepted and used tech?

      :4″ display – So what ever happened to their statement before that 3.5″ is the perfect size. And why does it seems that they waited to see how people accepts the bigger screens on their competitor’s phones and see if there really is a market for it. There was no mainstream/ household use a smartphone when they announced the 1st gen iphone. But they created the market and OWNED it. They used to make the demand for something then others follow.

      And this is happening less and less. That is why the iphone 5 is disappointing. Not saying it’s a bad phone or Apple sucks, but clearly something got lost.

      And these are not senseless or baseless “sour graping”. They’ve officially announced the phone. I expect features they’ve mentioned and don’t for those aren’t.

      And believe me, if Apple was as aggressive and forward-looking as they were before, they would have said a lot more last Sept 12th. Which brings us back to the point of the discussion: Apple is not that innovative anymore if you look at what they are offering with the iphone 5.

    • mau says:

      I am only a fanboy or sinigang, reddit and of my wife.

      Edu does not sound like an isheep for me. He just believes that Apple is the best on what they’re doing as reflected by their latest phone.

    • Edu
      Twitter: Tarakiman
      says:

      @ Sonny
      Yes I’ve heared of the Qualcomm S4 chip. The one that was beaten by A6! And I’m fully aware that iPhone 5 is the fastest smartphone in the planet to date. Read it http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/09/21/apples_iphone_5_is_fastest_smartphone_in_the_land

  5. Kevin says:

    My old iPhone 4 looks the same as this new one. This is becoming boring already. Thing of you Motorola Razr HD Maxx.

  6. denden says:

    di kaya kapag iphone8 na sobrang haba na nung phone?

  7. JUICE says:

    HONESTLY “panget ang shape”
    PINAHABA LANG ANG IPHONE 4‘S? PERO DI MAN LANG NILAPARAN NG KAHIT KONTE MAN LANG….?
    NAGMUKHANG PAYATOT NA IPHONE 4‘S………?

    MAS OKAY PA RIN ANG LOOKS AND SHAPE NG LG’S OPTIMUS G.

  8. MartTan says:

    This looks boring compared to Nokia 920. Halos di nagbago itsura. Magkakatalo yan sa OS. iOS6 vs Windows Mobile 8 vs Android.

  9. unat kulotz says:

    @denden

    Natawa naman ako dun baka maging bareta na panlaba na yan pag humaba pa.hehehe

  10. shirt88 says:

    Goodness… Marami pa rin bang mga iSheep sa Pilipinas?! Iphone 5 sucks! Know the truth guys — watch this video about iOS vs. Android. I suggest you finish the whole 5-part videos. This is truly eye-opening: http://youtu.be/NMiY1kSTHZw

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