iPhone 5 Finally Unveiled: What’s New?

Apple finally rolled out its newest smartphone iPhone 5 on Wednesday 12th September, 2012 in San Francisco. There were numerous speculations about its design and features, and since it is finally here now everyone wants to get their hands on it.

iPhone 5 – Screenshot of http://www.apple.com/iphone/

The first impression is its beautiful look with an enlarged 4-inch screen (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 in) with 1136×640 resolutions that means more space for apps on home screen and touch navigation while old apps can still adjust in the larger screen. The iPhone 5 has the same width of iPhone 4 and 4S except it is a bit taller, 9mm, which gives users a better grip. The iPhone 5 is also a bit thinner that is hard to notice but its weight is superbly reduced to 112g. Its body is made of aluminum and glass which is the secret to its beautiful shiny surface.

Apple has kept the same iSight camera of 4S in iPhone 5 but it has improved performance such as reduced capture time by 40%. You can take pictures in 240-degrees in multiple shots and its preinstalled application will automatically combine them together for a stunning wide view photograph that looks brilliant on its larger screen. Just switch to panoramic mode to take 240-degree pictures.

A major change in iPhone’s design is it has a new smaller dock that is 80% smaller than its previous one and its standard 3.5mm audio socket is placed beside the dock. This means that people have to buy an adapter in order to use iPhone 5 on devices with older docks. This can be an expensive change for people who have multiple cables for home and office. You can buy the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter at Apple Store for $29, and even place your preorder for iPhone 5 for $199 as its sale starts at 8:00 a.m on September 21.

iPhone 5 – Screenshot of http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/

Apple also introduced 4G LTE technology in iPhone 5 (as expected) for the first time. The LTE technology can offer download speeds of up to 100Mbps that allow users to surf the web at a blazing fast speed. The power-efficient A6 chip inside the phone offers longer battery life – 8 hours of talk time and as many hours of LTE browsing.

Apple introduced iOS 6 in iPhone 5 along with some new features such as its very own Apple Maps. You can even view satellite images and landmarks in 3D and zoom in through its Flyover feature. You can also get real-time traffic updates and if there is a traffic jam the iPhone 5 will suggest another route to reduce your ETA. Check the list of services available in your country.

iPhone 5 – Screenshot of http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/

The iPhone 5 is expected to be available in US at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Visit this link to check rates and plans.

Screenshots by Haris Amjad

Author: Haris Amjad