Apple unleashed a pile of announcements this morning at its presser at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. But if you’re looking for a fast breakdown of the iPhone bits, here’s what went down today:
The iPhone 5 in a nutshell
New size: At 7.6mm in depth and 112 grams, the new handset will be 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the predecessor.
Bigger screen: A taller (but not wider) 4-inch Retina Display at 1136 x 640-pixel resolution, which allows for additional row of app icons on the homescreen.
4G/LTE: Across all the carriers — Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. We don’t yet know what kind of pricing or surcharges may be involved however. Also on board: Support for HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA networks, dual-channel WiFi, 802.11a/b/g/n and 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency spectrums.
A6 processor: Apple reports it is twice as fast as the previous A5 (which incidentally is being put into the newest iPod touch).
Camera: On the rear camera, there’s the same number of megapixels as the iPhone 4S — 8MP — but it now comes with panorama mode, faster photo capture, sapphire crystal lens, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, spatial noise reduction and a dynamic low-light mode. Notably, the new phone will allow for simultaneous image and video capture, just like many Android devices do.
iOS 6 (of course), plus Siri support for launching apps
FaceTime over cellular networks
New dock connector: Enter “Lightning,” Apple’s newest connection standard that’s 80 percent smaller than the previous 30-pin version. (The company will also be offering adaptors so the new device will still work with old accessories.)
Colors: White & Silver (white front with an aluminum backing), and Black & Slate (black front with an anodized-looking rear panel).
Better battery life: 8 hours of talk time (3G), 8 hours of web browsing over 4G/LTE, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music playback and 225 hours of playtime.
Dates: Pre-orders start this Friday, 9/14, and devices will ship on September 21 in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. More countries will join in the availability list on the 28th, with a total of 100 countries getting it by the end of the year.
What was NOT announced: Near Field Communication.
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