iPhone 5 officially announced

There were various leaks and rumors around the internet surrounding the iPhone 5. Apple have now officially announced their sixth generation iPhone handset. For the first time ever, the iPhone does not have a 3.5 inch display, instead Apple have upped the display to 4 inches but, it has the same PPI of 326 as the iPhone 4/4S. That means another Retina display folks. The resolution of the iPhone 5 is 1136 x 640.

Despite being taller due to the new 4 inch display, the Apple iPhone 5 is 18 percent slimmer than the iPhone 4S and 20 percent lighter, weighing in at 112 grams. Talking of the design of the handset, the iPhone 5 is available in white and silver, or black and slate as it features a two tone back, while the front of the iPhone is either white or black. Other design changes include a new connection port. The new 8 signal dock connection port is 80 percent smaller than the previous 30 pin connection port.

As well as changing the screen size for the first time and being the first device to use the new Lightning dock connection, Apple have also changed the now iconic earbud design. They have been redesigned and named ‘EarPods’. Apple claim they fit better, are more durable and have a better sound quality. The headphone jack is also now located at the bottom of the iPhone rather than at the top.

We also see a new processor with the iPhone 5. While the 4S is powered by the A5 processor and the iPad 3 uses an A5X processor, the iPhone 5 uses the new Apple A6 chip which is twice as fast and provides twice as much graphics power. Camera wise, the rear facing camera remains an 8 megapixel shooter. The sensor however is 25 percent smaller and has a few new features such as dynamic low light mode and takes pictures 40 percent quicker, making it a better camera than the iPhone 4S. While the front facing camera has been upgraded from VGA to 1.3 megapixels.

As expected Apple have also added 4G/LTE technology to the iPhone 5. Apple have also ditched the micro sim and the new iPhone 5 uses the new nano sim technology. Storage options remain the same – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Pre-orders will begin September 14th and the phone will be released September 21st in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore running iOS 6.

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