As expected, Apple today announced the iPhone 5. It is a taller, thinner and faster model of the iPhone 4S. I was watching Twitter during Apple’s presentation, and seems to me that people aren’t happy with the iPhone 5. The design seems a bit boring and old. Even though the iPhone 5 has support for LTE, it lacks support for NFC. Comparing specs, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S III both easily outperform the iPhone 5. Has Apple lost its touch?
Apple iPhone 5 specs:
Retina display: 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display, 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, 44 percent more color saturation, 800:1 contrast ratio, and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front.
LTE (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T for LTE. In Canada, Rogers, Telus, and Bell)
Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz on 802.11n)
A6 chip (compared to the A5— it is two times faster but 22 percent smaller)
AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery: 225 hours of standby, 8 hours of LTE, 10 hours of Wi-Fi, 8 hours of 3G, and 10 hours of video.
iSight: 8-megapixel, backside flash, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, sapphire lens, f/2.4 aperture, next-generation ISP, spatial noise reduction, smart filter, better low-light performance, 40 percent faster on photo capture, and HD video recording (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio.
FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second, improved video stability, face detection, FaceTime over cellular, the ability to snap photos while shooting video, etc.
Connector: “Lightning” (so…Apple will have Thunderbolt and Lightning), all-digital, 8-signal design, adaptive interface, improved durability and reversible.
Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
iOS 6: Passbook, GPS, Maps…( iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2… upgrade for free to iOS 6).
Preorders of the iPhone 5 will start on September 14th, and shipping on September 21st in the following nine countries: the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Another 22 countries will be getting the iPhone 5 on September 28th, those being: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Apple plans to ship the iPhone 5 to 100 countries, and 240 carries by December 2012.