A Look at iPhone 5's New Features
Article by George Norman
On 13 Sep 2012
On Wednesday, September 12, during a special event, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5 that’s powered by the new iOS 6. During the same event Apple also presented the all-new iPod Touch and the reinvented iPod Nano.

Let’s cut straight to the chase and take a quick look at the iPhone 5’s main new features: new design, new display, new processor, more memory, redesigned cameras, new cameras, ultrafast wireless tech, new connector.


And now, let’s take a closer look at the iPhone 5’s new features.

Thin and light all-new aluminum design
The iPhone 5 comes with a 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays. Compared to the iPhone 4, the body is 18% thinner and 20% lighter. Apple said that the iPhone 5 is the “thinnest smartphone in the world”.

New 4-inch Retina display
This new display takes the iPhone 4’s Retina display to the next level by packing in even more pixels. The screen’s now taller, not wider, meaning that you can easily hold the smartphone and easily scroll.

New A6 chip
This new chip was designed by Apple to provide blazing fast performance.As Apple explained, the A6 chip offers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance.
The aim Apple went for with the A6 chip was to maximize performance and power efficiency.

1GB of RAM memory
The iPhone 4S had 512MB of RAM memory. The new iPhone 5 has twice as much.

Redesigned 8MP iSight Camera
Apple went back to the drawing board and completely redesigned the incredibly popular 8 megapixel iSight camera. It is now 25% smaller, features a sapphire crystal lens cover, it can capture panoramas, can detect up to 10 faces, and can take still photos as you record.

New FaceTime HD Front Camera
The new front facing camera can be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video.

Ultrafast Wireless Technology
The new iPhone provides support for ultrafast wireless standards such as LTE and DC-HSDPA. This means that with the iPhone 5 you can browse the web even faster than before.

New Lightning Connector
The most noticeable thing about the new Lightning connector is that it is smaller. According to Apple, it’s also more durable and smarter. AS the connector is reversible, you can easily connect to your accessories; and as it features an adaptive interface, it only uses the signals that each accessory requires.

“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.

The iPhone 5 will go on sale in the US on September 21 . The suggested retail price is of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model.

As mentioned above, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5 during a special event held on the 12th of September. You can view a video of said event here.

Tags: Apple, iPhone, iOS, iPhone 5
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