The time for rumours is over, Apple have finally confirmed the iPhone 5 details. The noteworthy specs are listed below. We’ll follow up with some more specific details, but for this morning we know you’re all about the specs so you can make the decision as to wether you should upgrade or not.
- 4” 16:9 Display (1136 x 640 resolution)
- Weight 112grams (20% lighter)
- Depth 7.6mm (18% thinner)
- A6 Processor (2x faster CPU, 2x faster GPU)
- LTE (4G)
- New 8-pin Lightning connecter (80% smaller, reversible)
- Headphone port moved to the bottom
- Updated headphones
- Battery life (not only matched the 4S, but bettered it).
- 8 megapixel iSight camera (better low light, faster, panorama mode)
- Wideband audio (20 carriers)
- Australia has been confirmed as one of the launch countries.
So as you can see from the list of improvements, basically the rumours were right, the only item we don’t have confirmation of is NFC. An important technology, particularly for developers and has big impacts as competitors already support it.
Wideband audio sounds an awful lot like Telstra’s HD voice capability, but its not yet known if the two are compatible. As for the battery life, it is impressive that they have slightly improved while adding another .5” to the display and 4G which is renounced for causing battery drain. Still the focus on thin means that the battery of the Phone 5 is still unlikely to get you through a ‘real’ day of use.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 begin tomorrow, with the release next Friday 21st September.
Judging from the reaction online, most are not encouraged by the changes announced. Of course that doesn’t mean the iPhone5 won’t sell phenomenally, but it’d be a surprise if this outsold the iPhone 4S. Personally I don’t feel the changes are substantial enough to seriously leap frog competitors, at best they caught up in some ways, but still lack in others.
The official page is up, so go take a look for yourself. http://www.apple.com/au/iphone/