Apple have today announced the iPhone 5 with LTE, a new 4-inch retina display which allows another row of icons to be added to the home screen and a new 8-pin reversible dock connector called “lightening” – it will be exclusively available on EE in the UK on 4G LTE.
The new screen resolution is 1136 x 640, meaning the display of the iPhone 4 and 4S has simply been elongated, both physically and in terms of pixel rows. To quote Phil, “you see, we’re able to add a fifth row of icons.” All of Apple’s own software has been updated for the new resolution and screen size, while third-party apps will be letterboxed where necessary. Also in line with pre-launch rumors, the new iPhone’s display features in-cell touchscreen technology, integrating the touch sensors right into the display itself. This should make for a thinner panel overall, though Apple also touts it as “the most accurate display in the industry.”
There’s also LTE connectivity, with a single chip, single radio, and what Apple describes as a “dynamic” antenna. Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T LTE flavors will all be supported by the iPhone 5. Apple rates this new handset’s battery life at 8 hours of LTE web browsing.
A new 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a hybrid IR filter will be present on the iPhone 5, with a promise of improved low light performance and 40 percent faster photo capture. The sensor is backside-illuminated. Catching up with the competition, Apple is also adding in a new Panorama mode to its camera software. Much like with HTC’s ImageSense, the new iPhone 5 camera will allow you to also take still photos while recording video, which maxes out at 1080p resolution.
The iPhone 5’s processor has been upgraded to Apple’s A6 SoC, which Apple suggests will result in double the CPU performance and two times faster graphics. There are three microphones in the iPhone 5, which will support HD voice and also includes a redesigned loudspeaker that’s 20 percent smaller than before. The headphone jack has, as anticipated, been repositioned to the bottom of the phone.
Apple is today also introducing an all-new Lightning dock connector — 80 percent smaller than its traditional 30-pin cable, this 8-pin all-digital plug offers a reversible design and improved durability. Apple will naturally provide an adapter for all your old accessories.
Your color choices? Black and white. Pricing is set at the usual $199 for the 16GB iPhone 5 on a two-year contract, $299 for 32GB, or $399 for the 64GB version. Pre-orders are opening on September 14th, with shipping starting on September 21st. The first countries to get the new handset will be the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The rest of the world will then start getting deliveries from September 28th onwards.
So what colour? white & silver or black & slate?