iPhone 5 has a new 4-inch screen, thinner body, and dual-antenna system. Its dual cameras are better than ever, too. It also offers more storage capacity, and a faster processor than its predecessor. It’s the next logical step for Apple. Its popularity is bound to continue rising, and it’s a perfect fit for many consumers.
iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen
Apple’s latest iPhone has a larger, taller screen than previous models, offering 326 pixels per inch and a full 1136 x 640 resolution. The company has already updated the native Apple apps to take advantage of the larger screen size.
For example, the Calendar app now shows five days instead of three. However, some apps have yet to be updated, and will still be letterboxed, rather than stretching out to fill the screen.
In addition to the larger, taller display, the iPhone’s screen is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S.
The phone’s new design also includes two inlays on the back and a new dock connector that costs $10.
The iPhone also includes a bottom earphone port.
Apple’s new iPhone will offer 4G LTE connectivity. The A6 processor that powers the device speeds up everything on it, from web pages to photos.
Downloading an app is a snap now. The blue progress bar on the screen zips across in a few seconds, and Siri now responds to an expanded list of voice commands over LTE.
The iPhone will be available in the U.S. on September 21 in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Australia, and Hong Kong, where it will cost $199 for 16GB and $399 for a 64GB model.
Pre-orders for the iPhone will begin on Friday, and the new phone will be available for purchase on September 21.
Apple is rumored to release a successor to the iPhone with a larger screen. Rumors suggest a new iPhone 6c – and it may also have a plastic casing.
If Apple does release a 4-inch iPhone, it will come with a new price tag between $500 and $600.
iPhone 5’s dual cameras
The iPhone 5S features a larger camera sensor and faster aperture for better indoor and dusky shooting. The iPhone 5S also has a new fingerprint sensor and improved software.
The camera’s new dual “True Tone” flashes also help improve color balancing. The iPhone 5S also has the fastest focusing speed of any iPhone.
The camera on the iPhone 5s performs auto exposure and white balance. It also creates a dynamic local tone map around the image to enhance shadows and highlights.
The camera also takes multiple shots and analyzes each one in real-time.
The result is better photos and videos than ever. The iPhone 5s’s camera has a f/1.8 aperture, making it comparable to top Android phones at the time.
The iPhone 5S comes with 120-fps slow-motion video capture. The iPhone 5C was marketed as the low-cost iPhone. In reality, it was just an iPhone 5 with a colorful shell.
Despite being a cheap iPhone, it used the same camera optics as the iPhone 5. Likewise, the iPhone 6 had an unsightly camera bulge that protruded one millimeter from the unibody.
Apple has been focusing on the camera on the iPhone for a couple of years. Their advertisements boast that more people are taking photos with the iPhone than ever before.
In fact, the iPhone is currently the number one camera on Flickr, and it has never fallen out of the top spot. But smartphone cameras are becoming better and more affordable.
The iPhone 5S camera boasts an 8-megapixel back-illuminated sensor that is 15% bigger than the iPhone 5’s camera. It also features a fixed f/2.2 aperture lens that lets in more light.
The iPhone 5S also has auto image stabilisation and shoots 10 frames per second.
iPhone 5’s dual-antenna system
The iPhone 5 continues the dual-antenna system first implemented in the iPhone 4S. The dual-antenna system allows the phone to switch between the high and low band LTE frequencies.
Other LTE handset designs require a third physical antenna, but the iPhone 5’s dual-antennna system allows the phone to automatically tune to LTE frequencies.
While multi-band LTE is an important feature for smartphones, Apple has a challenge with this technology.
Earlier models of the iPhone relied on separate 3G legacy chipsets and RF/PA sections, which were expensive and complex.
Now, second-generation LTE chips are more integrated, which allows for lower cost and complexity.