Meet the Apple iPhone 5 – so what’s new? And why should you care?
It’s finally here. Say hello to the Apple iPhone 5, one of the most highly anticipated gadgets since, well… ever. Apple pulled the curtain off its latest iPhone at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the arts tonight, but it’s fair to say you’re going to be hearing and seeing a lot more of this dinkly little blower over the next couple of weeks. But what’s new? And why should you care about this, Apple‘s sixth iPhone?
First, the iPhone 5 comes sporting a 4in screen with that same 325ppi Retina Display. There’s an A6 processor on the inside, that gives the iPhone 5 double the processing and graphical speeds (over the iPhone 4′s A5 processor). It comes with 4G LTE connectivity (although you’ll need a carrier to support it first) and bigger battery.
The aluminum and glass build remains, but with an all new design (see below) and Apple has, somehow, managed to squeeze the size down 20 per cent – the iPhone 5 weighs just 112g. It’s thinner too, coming in at just 7.6mm – that’s over 11 per cent thinner than the iPhone 4S.
There will be a white iPhone 5 with a raw aluminum back and a black one with a black anodised back plate.
And the camera? That’s been improved too. The 8MP snapper still shoots 1080p video, now with better image stabilization, and night pictures should look better thanks to the higher f2.2 aperture. There’s an iSight snapper on the front, that gives you 720p video. Apple’s new Panorama photo mode also makes it easier to shoot panoramic shots.
Last but not least is the dinky new 8-pin Lightning dock connector, that makes it easier to charge your iPhone 5. It’s smaller, that’s the main thing, but will fit into your iPhone either way. Unfortunately, it means your docks and speakers are now redundant (even if Apple has put together an adapter – which you’ll have to pay extra for) so expect a slew of new iPhone and iPod kit released over the next few weeks.
The iPhone 5 lands in 8 countries, including the US, UK and Hong Kong on September 1st. So you can expect the first units to appear in the UAE, a la grey market retailers, on the 23rd.