As expected, Apple announces the much-anticipated next-generation iPhone 5 at a media event at San Francisco. Once and for all we can end all speculations from the heap of leaked photos and videos are circulation over the social space.
The new design: The latest iPhone 5 is definitely slimmer and still have rooms for a larger display and faster chip. According to numerous Live Blogs during the media event, it is reported that the device has a brand new design, the device is now 18 percent thinner, at 7.6mm the device is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S at 112g.
Although the screen is not wider as anticipated, however, the screen also has 44 percent more color saturation than the iPhone 4S.The device is taller to accommodate an extra line of apps in the home screen boasting 1136 x 640 pixels (or 326 pixels per inch) with a 4-inch Retina display at a 16:9 ratio.
Improved performance: Under the hood, the new iPhone 5 has the A6 processor, twice as fast as the A5 chip and twice as fast in graphics as well, making way for faster performance. It’s also 22 percent smaller than the A5 in the iPhone 4S. There is also a slight improvement on battery life.
Ultrafast wireless: As for connectivity, the handset now includes HDPA+, DC-HSPDA, and 4G LTE for global next-generation networking.
Enhanced hardware: The iSight Camera features an 8-megapixel camera and it takes photos at 3264 x 2448 resolution. It also has backside illumination and a five-element lens. The camera itself is 25 percent smaller. The new iPhone 5 also debut the new ‘Lightning’ dock connector, an 80 percent smaller dock connector.
iOS 6 and new features: With every new iPhone launch, the iOS plays an important role. The iPhone 5 will be running on iOS 6 and feature a number of stuff including the new Apple Maps, a panoramic photo taking experience, Facebook integration and a few more privacy improvement that will get things going for you.
Pricing & shipping: Pre-orders begin on Friday, September 14th is the US. The iPhone 5 prices will be $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model and it will be on 2-year contract.
The device will ship out to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore on September 21st. Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong being the first few Asian countries to be getting the new iPhone 5 on this date. A quick check on Apple Singapore website shows that they are getting ready to take pre-orders and the price starts at S$948.
The full video of the event is no available of Apple’s website however you can still check out these photos from the Apple media event… yes, a whole lots of them.
Photos courtesy of CNet.com.