Taipei, Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:32 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
23°C
Apple introduces iPhone 5
Press release; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Thursday 13 September 2012]

Apple has announced iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone currently, completely redesigned to feature a 4-inch Retina display, an Apple-designed A6 chip, and ultrafast wireless technology. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, a mobile operating system with over 200 new features including the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization; and more Siri features and languages, according to the vendor.

iPhone 5 comes with an all-new 7.6mm anodized aluminum body that is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than iPhone 4S. iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays.

The 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers more pixels than iPhone 4S. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is as easy to use with one hand so users can tap, type and scroll, while enjoying more of their content including apps optimized for the larger Retina display, and widescreen HD video, Apple said.

iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a single-radio LTE solution that provides fast speeds while fitting into the thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.

The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the new features in iPhone 5, including the new 4-inch Retina display.

The 8-megapixel iSight camera is completely redesigned, and is 25% smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass, according to Apple. The new panorama feature lets users capture images of up to 28-megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos during recording. A new FaceTime HD front facing camera makes FaceTime calls clear and can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video. iPhone 5 also allows users to share photos with friends and family using iCloud's Shared Photo Streams.

iPhone 5 features the new Lightning connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the previous connector, the vendor said. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it's reversible so users can instantly connect to your accessories. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.

iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. Wideband audio will be supported by over 20 carriers worldwide at launch. iPhone 5 comes with the new Apple EarPods featuring a design for a more natural fit and increased durability, according to Apple.

iPhone 5 comes in either white and silver or black and slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB model and US$299 for the 32GB model and US$399 for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 4S will also be available for just US$99 and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract.

iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including 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 iPhone 5 smartphone

Apple iPhone 5
Photo: Company

Realtime news
  • Mobile DRAM revenues rise 6% in 3Q14, says DRAMeXchange

    Bits + chips | 8min ago

  • Coolpad, China Telecom to launch dual-OS smartphone Platinum Dayton, says report

    Mobile + telecom | 12min ago

  • Digitimes Research: China smartphone makers increase overseas shipments by 53% in 3Q14

    Mobile + telecom | 17min ago

  • Patent wars may become competitive strategy in China smartphone market

    Mobile + telecom | 28min ago

  • Inotera orders equipment from Applied Materials

    Bits + chips - Stockwatch | 32min ago

  • TPV sees LCD TV and monitor shipments increase 7.5% in 3Q14

    Displays | Nov 26, 22:24

  • China market: Smartphone vendors to streamline product lines

    Mobile + telecom | Nov 26, 22:14

  • Oppo, Gionee increase AMOLED handset panel orders to Samsung

    Displays | Nov 26, 20:45

  • China market: Over 5.4 million consumer tablets sold in 3Q14, says Analysys

    IT + CE | Nov 26, 20:26

  • Epistar sees decreasing capacity utilization

    LED | Nov 26, 20:05

  • Huawei denies filing lawsuit against competitors, says report

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 22:18

  • Samsung Electro-Mechanics to expand businesses in China in 2015, says paper

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 22:18

  • Innolux clarifies Chi Mei Lighting debt issues, looking to secure loan from Taiwan banks

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 22:01

  • Most motherboard players turn to defend gross margins in 2015

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 20:27

  • New Microsoft Surface tablet to be available in 1Q15

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 20:06

  • China market: Over 5.4 million consumer tablets sold in 3Q14, says Analysys

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 19:17

  • Co-Tech looking to diversify products

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 19:15

  • Micron, Winbond team up for serial NOR flash

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 19:15

  • iPhone chip orders slow down, say IC designers

    Before Going to Press | Nov 26, 19:14

Pause
 | 
View more
MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
TD-LTE market developments and forecast, 2014-2016
  • 2014 global high brightness LED market, trends and shipment forecast

    For the global LED lighting market, the market size will reach US$25.82 billion in 2014 or a market penetration rate of 23.4%. This is attributable to exponential shipment growth for light bulbs, tubes, and directional lamps.

  • Greater China touch panel shipment forecast through 2015

    This Special Report provides forecasts through 2015 for Greater China touch panel shipments with breakdowns based on technology (glass, film, resistive), application (smartphone, NB and tablet) and by firm.

  • 2014 global tablet demand forecast

    This report analyzes the main players, their strategies and shipments forecasts for 2014, as well as other factors contributing to either growth or decline in various segments within the tablet market, with a particular focus on Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft, along with whitebox vendors.