Apple Unveils The iPhone 5 – 7.6mm thin, 4-inch screen and A6 SoC
By on September 12th, 2012

Apple has just announced the much-anticipated iPhone 5, and surprisingly the rumor mill has been pretty accurate. The iPhone 5 sports the same design as the iPhone 4 and the 4S, but is made entirely out of aluminum and glass. It is also 20% lighter at 112 grams and 18% thinner with a 7.6mm waistline.

The screen on the iPhone 5 is, as predicted by the rumor mill, 4-inches in size with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen resolution has also been bumped up to 1136×640 so as to keep the Retina display (326PPI) tag intact. Apple has also updated all of its apps to take advantage of the increased resolution, along with adding a fifth row of icons to the home screen. The Cupertino based company has also updated all of its apps to take advantage of the increased resolution.

The touch sensor has been integrated right into the display, allowing Apple not only to make the iPhone thinner, but also the most accurate touchscreen device on the planet.

On the connectivity side, Apple has added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and as expected…LTE! There is only a single chip and radio inside the iPhone 5 that handles both voice calls and data, simultaneously. The handset will be available on tons of LTE capable networks worldwide, and on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in the United States, and Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada. The new Broadcom BC4334 chip inside the iPhone 5 makes sure there is support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.

Internally, the new A6 SoC powers the iPhone 5. Not only is it 22% smaller than A5, it is also two times faster. The A6 SoC consists of a dual-core Cortex-A15 SoC and an unnamed GPU, which according to Apple is 2x times faster than the GPU on the A5. Thanks to a bigger battery and the 32nm fab based A6 SoC, the new iPhone is capable of lasting 8 hours on LTE browsing with a standby time of 225 hours.

The iPhone 5 sports an enhanced 8MP camera with a dynamic low light mode, sapphire crystal (whatever that means), precision lens alignment, a next-generation ISP, Hybrid IR filter, Smart filter and more. The “most amazing feature in the iPhone 5″, however, is the Panorama mode. The device is capable of clicking panorama images in full 8MP mode with the final panorama image being up to 28MP in resolution. The face detection and video stabilization features have also been enhanced in the iPhone 5. The front-facing FaceTime camera also got a much-needed upgrade to 720p resolution.

Apple has also emphasized on the phone part of the iPhone 5. The new iPhone packs in three microphones (bottom, front and back) for excellent noise cancellation, a noise-cancelling earpiece, wideband audio, and an improved speaker design that is 20% smaller.

The dock connector has also been replaced with a new, thinner and smaller variant, now known as Lighting. It is 80% smaller, has 8-signal design, is reversible and is completely digital. For owners of older generation iPhone and iPads, Apple will also be selling a converter.

As always, the 16GB iPhone 5 will cost $199 on two-year contract, with a $100 bump each for the 32GB and 64GB variants. The pre-order starts on September 14th, while the shipping will begin on September 21st. The handset will be available in more countries on September 28th, and by the end of December 2012, will be available in more than 100 countries and 240 carriers.

Image Credit – The Verge

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  • KyleRay

    Don’t bank on it being a A15!!!! …..quad core rebranded Exynos? Maybe…. because Jim Keller wasn’t too happy working at Apple and followed Mark Papermaster, now at AMD!!!

    On comparison between A9 and A15 (which Samsung got exclusive rights to launch the first device to use it from ARM), shows an increased performance of up to 15 times present mobile devices. NOT JUST TWO TIMES!

    Besides…. Apple in now on Samsung’s Endangered Species for being their Parts Supplier. They are fulfilling prior contracts and that’s it. Apple’s A series are now done… they have no intent to expand upon them and have yet to get an ARM A15 deal. The whole reason for the SAMSUNG ARM IBM Alliance was that ARM and SAMSUNG be the First to market an A15 chip and device. Since Samsung took a chance on the First ALL ARM SoC design in original Exynos. Notice too, that Apple couldn’t very well redesign the chip structure itself. Jim Keller was only in charge of remapping Samsung’s chips for greatest energy efficiency.

    So obviously they will never get the Exynos Dual or Quad A15 chips to do that with. Since it also includes Exclusive VP8 Hardware Decoder/Encoder, when Apple only supports H.264!
    http://www.droidnews.info/2012/08/09/samsung-reveals-exynos-5-dual-5250-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-world%E2%80%99s-first-cortex-a15-soc/

  • arabsrulechina

    Just found out the A6 CPU is a A15 quad core!! Which means Apple is the first to bring this technology out, well done iPhone 5!

  • Priya Agarwal

    Well it seems over overpriced… source: http://www.reviewrays.com/apple-iphone5-review/

 
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