Updated 21 May, 2013, 8:08 pm IST
Apple's slimmer, sleeker iPhone 5 officially announced
| by tech2 News Staff |
Displacing all rumours, the new iPhone is here. Apple has officially launched the new iPhone at the ongoing Apple event. And yes, it’s indeed called the iPhone 5, not the ‘New iPhone’, ‘iPhone Ultimate' or any of that crap. Made entirely out of aluminium and glass, it weighs a mere 112 gm and is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S, and is the thinnest iPhone yet at 7.6 mm thick. Armed with a 4-inch, 326 ppi retina screen at a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels, it’s the same width, but taller. Apple has chosen to debut iOS6 with the iPhone 5 and the new OS includes Apple's own Maps app, an updated version of Siri and lots more. Overall, the new iPhone has been upgraded in almost all respects.
However, the new iPhone doesn't have NFC and Apple has not mentioned anything about using Bluetooth 4.0 for NFC-like pairing facilities. And you don't have wireless charging or microUSB support either.
Apple’s product launches so far have been nothing short of spectacular. Great videos, thronging journalists live-blogging and insane fans continuously pinging tech news sites are but normal in cases like these.
So it looks the same; just slimmer, lighter and taller
But the launch of the iPhone 5 has been anticipated like no other mobile phone yet, be it ‘smart’ or ‘dumb’. Since the iPhone 4S was launched last October, rumours of the new iPhone have been dropping out of the sky like a meteor shower, leaving us with no idea of what to expect.
Powered with the new A6
The processor on the iPhone 5 is the new A6 chip, which is 22 percent smaller, more energy efficient and capable of loading pages 2.1 times faster than before. There’s also a new image processor in the A6 to reduce noise. It includes a “smart filter” to better match colours.
You can also take panaorama photos. The demonstration showed a panorama picture being shot which resulted in a 28 megapixel image when completed.
Panorama in 28 megapixels
You can capture 1080p HD videos with improved video stabilisation, face detection and you can also take photos while recording. The front camera lets you capture 720p videos and has backside illumination.
An 8MP shooter strapped onto the back
Interestingly, the iPhone 5 is equipped with three microphones – front, bottom and back – for voice recognition and noise cancellation. It also has a wider spectrum for audio called “wideband audio” for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. It also comes with the new high quality in-ear earbuds called Apple EarPods.
iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, which includes Apple’s own Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and a new Flyover view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; and Passbook, which lets you store all your passes in one place.
Images courtesy Engadget's Liveblog
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