iPhone 5 official: Massive screen, super speed, iOS 6 and more!
There she blows! The iPhone 5 has finally been outed on stage at Apple’s San Francisco press event. Apple exec Phil Schiller whipped it out and gave away all the gory details: read on to find out what’s in and what’s out with the company’s sixth-generation smartphone bad boy.
For weeks, we’d been hearing rumours that the iPhone 5 would sport a new design (Last year’s iPhone 4S looked exactly like the 2010 iPhone 4), and it seems those leaks were on the money. The iPhone 5 does indeed feature a similar styling to its predecessor, but it’s thinner, and longer, making way for a four-inch 1136×640 display: or in real world terms, space for an extra row of app icons, or proper widescreen movies without the black bars. Apple’s own apps such as KeyNote, calendar and mail have all already been updated to fit the new screen, and developers should easily be able to tweak theirs.
The iPhone 5 camera meanwhile remains at eight megapixels, but Apple’s tweaked it, with new processing software, improved low light performance and a faster capture speed for burst shots. There’s also a panorama mode, which works like you’d expect, stitching together 28 megapixel widescreen snaps after panning across for a few seconds. the front facing FaceTime camera meanwhile can now muster 720p HD for video chats. Storage meanwhile sticks to the standard 16GB, 32Gb and 64GB options.
Inside, the iPhone 5 is powered by a new A6 processor the company claims is twice as fast as the A5 inside the iPhone 4S. It’s housed in a super thin 7.6mm glass and aluminium chassis (18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S – and yes, it comes in white too), but Apple has still found space for a 4G modem, so you can get super speeds on the go – and yes, Apple confirmed that the iPhone 5 4G will be available on the EE network launched just yesterday in the UK.
Apple’s made space for some of this tech by, as rumoured, shrinking the dock connector. The new “Lightning” connector packs in fewer than the traditional 30 pins, and is noticeably smaller. This does mean the iPhone 5 won’t work with existing docks without the adaptor also unveiled, but it should future proof Apple for the years to come.
The iPhone 5 is running iOS 6 out of the box, and Apple’s iOS boss Scott Forstall demoed several of the new features on stage, including free turn by turn directions in Maps (like a satnav) and the option to tweet or post Facebook updates straight from the Notification Centre tray.
When can you get your mitts on one? Apple says the new iPhone 5 is coming out in the UK on 21 September, as we heard earlier this week. Every UK network (Vodafone, O2, Three, EE, T-Mobile and Orange) will be selling it.
What do you make of the new iPhone 5? We’ll be fielding all your responses on Twitter and publishing the best, but in the meantime let’s hear your verdict in the comments below!