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.
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 â€œWe designed the phone to fit perfectly in your hands.â€ 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.