Today Apple finally took the wraps of its latest iPhone, and as we all imagined it’s called the iPhone 5. The new smartphone comes with a larger screen than previous versions, at 4-inches with a 1136×640 pixel resolution, which is still a retina display, as Apple calls it. The phone also gets a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio and has lengthened the phone overall plus it allows for a total of six rows of apps on the screen, in addition to the permanent single row along the bottom.
Due to the larger screen, apps that were developed for previous iPhones wont scale to the new screen, they will work but there will be black bars on the two ends of the screen. The handset comes with a thinner body design measuring only 7.6mm and was constructed entirely of glass and aluminum. It is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S and weighs 112 grams, 20% lighter than the 4S.
The iPhone 5 is the first device from the company to support 4G LTE connectivity and will be compatible with with the high-speed LTE networks of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint as well as other carriers over the globe. It also gets “ultrafast” wireless, which incorporates the 5GHz 802.11n WiFi. There’s the new Apple A6 Processor which the company says is twice as fast as its predecessor, 22% smaller and that it’s more power efficient meaning it improves performance and decreases battery use.
Apple replaced the the aging 30-pin connector with a much smaller jack, which they are calling the “Lightning” connector, a riff on the Thunderbolt port, it gets a new camera that features an 8-megapixel sensor but it is 25% smaller and includes more features. Dynamic low light mode is said to give you better pictures without using the flash.
Apple new iPhone 5 goes on sale on September 21st and sales will kick off on markets such as the U.S., Canada, Japan, the U.K., Germany, France, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. It comes with a similar pricing sheet to its predecessor, the 16GB model will go for $199 with a two-year contract, the 32GB and 64GB models available for $299 and $399, respectively. Pre-orders will start in two days on September 14th and according to the company, the handset will be available in 100 countries on 240 wireless carriers by the end of the year.