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The Apple iPhone 5 is Here - Some Facts & Figures

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The new Apple iPhone was unveiled today in what has to be one of their most-anticipated product announcements in a while.  They are expected to sell over 25 million by Christmas and, according to one source, 250,000,000 next year.  Yeah, a quarter billion.  Some say this is the iPhone's last big splash - we'll see.   You should be able to physically hold one (after paying for it) on September 21rst.

Facts & Figures

Price:  16GB $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399  (prices are with two year contract).

Colors:  Black or White.

Body: Glass & Aluminum

Size:  18% thinner and 20% lighter than it's predecessor.

Display & Graphics:  4" screen sporting an 1136 x 640 array of pixels though still at the same resolution of 326 dpi and all of this at a  16 x 9 aspect ratio.  1080p video. There is no longer a touch screen sitting on top of an LCD.  The touch layer is part of the LCD so that is now one part.

Networks:  4G LTE support along with EDGE, ED-VO, etc. (all the previous stuff).

Processor:  New A6 chip is two times faster than the previous chip.  Web pages should load about twice as fast.

Camera:  8MP camera (f2.4). 3264 x 2448 resolution. 1080p recording.  5 element lens.  Some cool filtering. Panorama mode.  The front-facing camera can shoot 720p video.

Battery:  Longer battery life.  Eight hours talk time, eight hours browsing, 10 hours WiFi browsing. 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of music (all of these numbers are supplied by Apple.  I'm sure some of the magazines and blogs will do some extensive testing).

Dock:  New and smaller.  8-pin versus 30-pin on previous model. The new 8-pin is called the "lightning" connector.

SIM: Smaller -  "nano-SIM"

Audio:  A new, third microphone.  Microphones are located front, bottom, and back.

Operating System:  iOS 6

Here is a nice slide show (48 slides) of the Apple presentation.  The iPhone starts about five or six slides into the presentation.

Engadget has some video of the new phone towards the bottom of this page.

SOURCES: PCMagazine, CNet, Engadget, Apple Computer, TechnoBuffalo, USAToday, and Slashgear.

Please leave comments with any errors or omissions so that I can correct or update this page.

erick99 posted Sep 12, 2012

so basically minor changes except for 4G capabilities. I m switching out to Android.

kffight3r (rep: 774) posted Sep 12, 2012


does anyone have the video for the press conference?

MrBklynW (rep: 426k) posted Sep 12, 2012


nice but nothing to blow you away, actually like the samsung galaxy SIII style better, imo.

chuckydealpl (rep: 59.7k) posted Sep 12, 2012


apple dropped the ball.....

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Sep 12, 2012


I'm waiting for the iPhone 5W with the screen squeegie ap for people with sweaty ears.

Seriously, aren't they putting out a new model every few months now?

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Sep 12, 2012


The iPhone 5 specs are pretty much what the rumors predicted. I think the 4" screen was an improvement but a 4.3" or 4.7" would have been better. It has excellent specs and I think Apple fans will buy them up. I also think this is the end of the line for the iPhone. Future iPhones will reflect incremental improvements but nothing that will make people really stand up and take notice. Jobs had a lot to do with the iPhone 5 but anything after this will be sans Jobs. Jobs left Apple once before and they had to be rescued by Microsoft with a sizable cash infusion. They damn near went out of business. I hope they learned from that. It may be that it was Apple-Jobs Computer that was a cash machine and with out Jobs, it's just Apple.

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted Sep 12, 2012


I think your analysis is spot on. I think that Apple may be in trouble in the next few years. The definitely have product recognition and a fan base, but it seems that they have already starting to take a bit of a beating over the last iPod Nano release, the iPhone 4S release and now the iPhone 5 with marginal improvements.Seems like they are coasting at best. With aggressive international competitors and marketplaces, they really can't afford to think they can stay on top without innovation.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Sep 13, 2012


My daughter will probably want the new iPhone for the larger screen. Here contract is up soon though maybe they will offer early upgrades.

MaryRolle (rep: 23) posted Sep 13, 2012


Phone 5 vs. iPhone 4s
1) Take 100 shots (trigger via audio)
2) Calculate images in different sizes
3) Calculate a 20fps-movie with these 100 shots.
iPhone 5 finishes 40 seconds ahead

Apps2GoNews (new user) posted Nov 02, 2012