The hotly anticipated iPhone 5 is now a reality with 4G LTE capabilities, a lighter weight, thinner feel, longer body, 4-inch screen and a fifth row of apps. “It’s an absolutely jewel,” says Schiller. The iPhone 5 is priced at 16GB – $199, 32GB – $299 and 64GB – $399; and the iPhone 4 will be free with two-year contact. Goodbye iPhone 3GS. It’s metal back with two tones and taller made out of glass and aluminum. The buttons are in the same location. It’s 18% thinner than iPhone 4S, which is a big difference. It’s also 20% lighter than iPhone 4S. It’s a 4-inch display, 16:9 aspect ratio and features a fifth row of apps … way more screen real estate.
With the bigger screen, all developers that don’t update their apps will appear the same size as on the iPhone 4S, which will kind of be like seeing the iPhone apps on iPad … or black bars on the side like HD vs SD video on your TV.
The iPhone 5 also now has 4G LTE capabilities and Verizon peeps will be happy since there will be a chip for voice and date, single radio chip and a “dynamic antenna” so you’ll be able to talk and surf at the same time. In the US, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will support LTE. Sorry T-Mobile … of course, might get iPhone 4S?
New A6 Chip
It received a faster chip too! The A6 Chip is said to be 2x faster than the A5 and 2x faster in graphics too. It’s a leap in performance, but also 22% smaller than the A5 chip. Faster app launches, image saves, music loads, etc.
Incremental Camera Updates (Gets Panorama)
The 8 megapixel sensor (same as iPhone 4S) is shooting at 3264 x 2448 at f/2.4 aperture and now has Dynamic Low Light Mode, which improves two f stops. A nice improvement. The best improvement is that it’s supposed to be a faster capture process. Much needed in my opinion. So now the iPhone 5 Camera has Panoramo … something that a lot of phones have had for awhile. And now the new handset has it and comes out at 28 megapixels. Cool, but not a big deal.
Video Update Incremental as well
The 1080p video now has better stabilization and face detection for up to 10 faces and the biggest update is being able to take a picture while taking video. The HTC has this already. The new FaceTime HD camera comes with 720p support and works over 3G with iOS 6.
The Mini Connector is a Reality
The 30 pin connector launched in 2003 and now is changed to “lighting” with an all-digital, 8-signal design (just like the leaked info). It’s 80% smaller, can be plugged in either direction and improved durability. There will be an adapter for a 30-pin to 8-pin connector.