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The iPhone 5 is official

September 13, 2012
by Nigel Chew GooglePlus

13 September 2012 – Apple has done it again. With its sixth generation iPhone, not-so aptly named the iPhone 5, Phil Schiller laid out the full details on features, specs and release dates.

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Measuring at 7.6mm in thickness and weighing 112 grams, this is the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet, and is made of glass and aluminum. Surprisingly enough, the new iPhone looks very similar to all the leaks we have seen thus far, so for once Apple wasn’t really able to keep it a big secret.

That’s right; the iPhone 5 will feature a 4-inch display, with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels. This also means that the iPhone has been elongated physically and in terms of pixel rows. To quote the VP, "We're able to add a fifth row of icons." In other words, Apple's in-house software has been updated for the new resolution and screen size, while third-party apps will be letterboxed if necessary.

As predicted, there’s also LTE support, although no mention of NFC. There will be a new 8-megapixel camera, with a promised improved low light performance and 40% faster photo capture. The iPhone 5's processor will be that of Apple’s A6 SoC, which is claimed to double CPU and graphics processing performance.

There’s also the new Lightning dock connector, which is 80% smaller than the previous 30-pin cable. If you’re using that, Apple will be providing an adapter for all old accessories, at a price. The iPhone 5 comes in black and white flavours, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants.

First wave of countries to get the iPhone 5 on September 21st will be the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. More territories to be announced from the 28th of September onwards. 


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