iPhone 5 Launched.


iPhone 5, the world’s most awaited gadget, is here. iPhone has been here since 2007, but Apple gave it a completely new Avatar made of glass and aluminium on Wednesday in a bid to take on rising challenges from the Android brigade.

“iPhone 5 is the world’s thinnest smartphone,” Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller said. It is also 20% lighter than iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 sports a larger 4-inch “retina” display, ability to surf a high-speed 4G LTE network. Apple iPhone 5 features a retina display and the screen will have a 1136 x 640 screen resolution, with a 16:9 aspect ratio. 

According to Schiller, the iPhone 5 has a better battery life than 4S. While like iPhone 4S, it features an 8 MP camera, it is 25 per cent smaller. iPhone 5 will run on a quad-core Cortex A6 processor. Apple claims that the processor makes the device twice as fast as its predecessor. 

iPhone 5 will run on Apple’s new operating software iOS 6. The audio system has also been updated to include three microphones. 

Apple, which received a bit of flak on the battery front in the past, seems to have reworked the battery of iPhone 5 with 225 hours of standby time. 8 hours of 3G and 4G LTE browsing, 8 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of music play.

So while there is no word on the battery upgrade, its performance in the iPhone 5 has improved, at least statistically.

There seems to be some disappointment in store also for those who were expecting a 12 megapixel camera in iPhone 5. It sports a 8MP rear camera with panorama mode, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five element lens, and f/24 aperture.

Other features of the camera include dynamic low light mode, sapphire crystal and precision lens alignment, all of which is enough for iPhone 5 to be taken reasonably seriously for a prosumer camera tag. The front camera in the iPhone 5 for FaceTime will now support HD videos at 720p. It has an aluminium rear sensor and features three microphones – one each at the bottom, top and rear.

Significantly, iPhone 5 will have LTE 4G functionality that will transfer data at much faster rate. The phone will be able to switch between antennae in order to support the network.

It will be interesting to see how the market takes to the LTE-equipped iPhone 5. Rivals Samsungand HTC had a few days ago threatened Apple with patent lawsuits if it ported iPhone 5 with LTE. 

Considering 4G has not been rolled out on a large scale even worldwide, it may not excite buyers in many markets, including India. However, Apple has announced just Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, in the US that will support iPhone 5 with 4G compatibility. It does not include T-Mobile which does not have the LTE offering.

Picture Courtesy : Engadget.

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