Apple Unveils iPhone 5
The glass and aluminium handset goes on sale September 21…
Apple has unveiled the new iPhone 5, which it is calling the "thinnest smartphone in the world".
Weighing 112 grams, the iPhone 5 is 20% lighter than the current generation iPhone 4S and has a depth of just 7.6mm.
Available in black and white, the new model iPhone will cost $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB, with UK prices yet to be announced.
Pre-orders start this Friday (September 14), with the first phones going on sale on September 21All compatible iOS devices will be able to upgrade to iOS 6 for free on September 19.
The handset, which is made from glass and aluminium, has a larger scene than previous models, with its 4-inch Retina display capable of displaying 326 pixels per inch with a resolution of 1136 x 640.
The iPhone 5 boasts a new A6 processor, which offers twice the speed of its predecessor, new graphical capabilities, and improved battery life, with up to eight hours of talk time and 3G browsing, eight hours of LTE Browsing, ten hours of video playback, and 40 hours of music playback.
The device will run the iOS 6 operating system, the key features of which include Apple's Maps service with turn-by-turn navigation with support from voice navigation software Siri, the Passbook service for managing tickets, vouchers and store cards, and deep Facebook integration - including posting status updates on the site using Siri.
The 8MB iSight camera is 25% smaller than before with a raft of new features, including a dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment for better focusing and a sapphire crystal lens cover, and like the 4S can shoot video in 1080p HD.
The camera also offers new imaging features such as spatial noise reduction, smart filtering, improved low light performance and faster photo capture. Photo sharing through iCloud is also supported, as well as panoramic shooting and the ability to take pictures while filming video.
The device's front-facing camera has been upgraded to 720p for improved FaceTime support, video stabilisation has been improved and face detection for up to 10 people is included. There are three microphones built-in to the handset, and its on-board speaker has been improved for higher quality audio output.
The iPhone 5 uses a new, smaller connector called Lightning. It is made up of eight exposed pins with the ninth being the metal surrounding. Apple has promised that an adaptor will be available to make the phone compatible with previous generation accessories.