Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 5 on the 12th of September, 2012, and the device was welcomed with mixed reactions. While customers and analysts were amazed by the prospects, critics had enough to believe otherwise. Regardless, the iPhone 5 is expected to take the market by storm, not only in the United States, but all over the world as tech-savvy customers are relishing Apple’s latest device. The phone, however, seems more of an upgrade on Apple’s previous phones, than an out-and-out revolutionary product. Following are a few of the features that make the iPhone 5 distinct from its predecessors.
Compared to the previous iPhones that were released by Apple, the iPhone 5 is taller and slimmer. Apple’s sixth generation phone is covered in a glass and aluminum exterior and is 7.6 mm thick. Weighing 3.95 ounces (112 grams) and 20 per cent lighter and 18 per cent thinner than the iPhone 4S, Apple’s newest phone was trimmed in size as touch electrodes were embedded between retina display pixels, thereby making the display 30 per cent thinner. The new iPhone also makes use of a nano-SIM card rather than a micro-SIM as the company says it is 44 per cent smaller. However, the device is almost 9 mm longer than the iPhone 4S.
The new iPhone uses 4G LTE connectivity that promises an enhanced online experience for users. With the advancements in technology, 4G LTE connectivity is one of the features that every high-end smartphone must have, and the iPhone 5 uses an LTE chip for data and voice. This engineering decision has helped Apple in reducing the size of the phone and making it sleeker. The phone also supports a larger number of global cellular networks as compared to its predecessors including HSPA+, DC-HSPA and HSPA. In addition to this, the phone also supports dual-band (5GHz and 2.4 GHz) 802.11n wireless, and the maximum speed can be almost 150 Mbps.
Improved battery life, faster performance
Apple’s newest iPhone is its first product to use the new A6 processor, a dual-core chip that is almost twice as fast as the A5 CPU. The processor is cutting edge technology and is expected to deliver benefits such as higher frame rates that support smoother gaming and faster app-launching. The A6 processor also promises a much better battery life which includes up to eight hours of LTE browsing, ten hours of video viewing and eight hours of talk time.
The iPhone 5 has two cameras and both have received fine spec bumps. As compared to the front-facing camera of the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 has replaced the VGA camera with a 1.2 megapixel shooter. The rear cam of the phone can take 8 megapixel photos, and a new feature allows you to shoot almost 240 degrees with just a single motion. The other enhancements made to the camera includes improved performance in settings with low light, 40 per cent faster photo capture and better noise reduction. Moreover, the rugged and hard sapphire crystal lens cover helps in preventing scratches from affecting the surface of the lens.