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  • Apple Raises The Curtain on iPhone 5


    Phil Schiller did the honors of unveiling Apple's new iPhone 5 today in San Francisco.

    While taking the covers off of the next-generation iPhone, Schiller described the device as an absolute "jewel."

    It's the thinnest and lightest iPhone Apple has produced so far at just 7.6mm thick. All told, that's 18% thinner than the last model.

    "I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the hardware and software engineering that has gone into this product is unlike we've ever undertaken before," he said. "So, iPhone 5. It is made entirely of glass and aluminum. It's designed and built to an exacting level of standard unlike anything we, or anyone in our industry, have made before."

    As we all anticipated, the 6th generation Apple smartphone will deliver 4G LTE connectivity. "We've updated every aspect of iPhone 5. Everything has been enhanced," Schiller says, explaining that in the US, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will support LTE on the iPhone 5. "And we have a really unique innovation with a dynamic antenna. It can automatically switch antenna connections." Similar to how the 4S worked."

    The iPhone 5 is also the biggest iPhone Apple has released in terms of screen size. You've got a 326ppi Retina display (4-inches) with 1136 x 640 resolution. In short, the new iPhone delivers the same width as before, but it's now taller.

    The A6 processor, needless to say, will dramatically speed up graphics and general CPU performance. Schiller specifically drew attention to how A6 will launch pages twice as fast as before.

    With all the new features, you may be wondering how battery life will be impacted. According to Schiller, iPhone 5 battery life won't be diminished over the iPhone 4S.

    iPhone 5 will be available in black and white. The price structure for iPhone 5 is the same as previous models: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB. Pre-orders start on Friday the 14th for shipping on September 21st in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

    Stay with MMi for more coverage coming out of San Francisco today.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Raises The Curtain on iPhone 5 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 267 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Haseeb Jamal View Post
      Dissapointed with this iphone. Expected atleast 12 MP camera with a wider screen and finger print scanner. Nothing new, just a few enhancements to speed.
      Why? To fill up memory with huge pics. More mp doesn't mean more quality if the image sensor is still small enough to fit in a phone. There's a reason dslr cameras aren't compact...
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      S3 is too damn big to carry around in my pocket. And Android sucks. Yes I have used it. Sucks. Several co-workers have Android phones and so did my parents. Sucks. My parents went back to iPhones when they came out on VZW. I'll take my 3GS over any Android phone thankyaveruhmuch.

      True 16x9 display? It's 1136x640. True 16x9 would be 1138x640. TWO PIXELS OFF, BIG WHOOP! Now why they didn't actually make it 1138x640 who knows, but still, 2 stinkin' pixels difference in image width. I think people can get over that.
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Disappointed with the iP5, very disappointed. But I'll not be buying a GS3. Why? Because one thing Apple products are is polished and that's what I like.
      Samsung products I'm sure are great but they, (to me at least), feel and look horrid.

      I don't even know if I'll upgrade to this actually.
    1. DanOptic's Avatar
      DanOptic -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      If you want me to answer this question legitimately, just one of the below would of been nice.

      A True 16:9 Ratio Display, 1 Row Wide/1 Row Long, Wireless Charging, 1080p HD Front Facing Camera, NFC Capability. Should I go on?



      Well **** if your on an iPhone 3GS its a given. Hell, even a Motorola Razer would be an upgrade for you.
      The display is fantastic as it is, wireless charging, why? my phone always charges when im asleep, no big deal, why do you need a 1080p front facing camera? all 1080p is good for is movies etc, on a small phone 720p will look nice, and NFC would of been nice but its a new tech, only a certain amount of stores will use the tech
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ambi_Valence View Post
      Disappointed with the iP5, very disappointed. But I'll not be buying a GS3. Why? Because one thing Apple products are is polished and that's what I like.
      Samsung products I'm sure are great but they, (to me at least), feel and look horrid.

      I don't even know if I'll upgrade to this actually.
      Couldn't agree with this ^ more. Apple has a polished the iOS to be an everyday of life, but the Phone itself was very underwhelming. I guarantee you the 7th generation (iPhone 5S) will have minor under the hood upgrades but we won't see big upgrades again until 2014. The wait goes on...
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      Apple raises the curtain? Should be lowering the coffin. This phone sucks. S3 or S4, here I come.
    1. sammy1977's Avatar
      sammy1977 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Omg!!!! What a surprise!..... Not.
      That's awesome....lol
    1. DanOptic's Avatar
      DanOptic -
      Quote Originally Posted by seh6183 View Post
      Widgets? It would be great if apple supported them. Slapping those things Apple calls widgets on the notification shade doesn't count as a widget.
      I was talking about jailbreaks
    1. seh6183's Avatar
      seh6183 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      S3 is too damn big to carry around in my pocket. And Android sucks. Yes I have used it. Sucks. Several co-workers have Android phones and so did my parents. Sucks. My parents went back to iPhones when they came out on VZW. I'll take my 3GS over any Android phone thankyaveruhmuch.

      True 16x9 display? It's 1136x640. True 16x9 would be 1138x640. TWO PIXELS OFF, BIG WHOOP! Now why they didn't actually make it 1138x640 who knows, but still, 2 stinkin' pixels difference in image width. I think people can get over that.
      Android completely demolishes iOS in functionality and customization. This coming from someone who uses an iPhone should say a lot....

      You clearly know nothing about Android.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Question... I just got off work... Are all my current cables now obsolete as the rumors were implying?
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by seh6183 View Post
      Android completely demolishes iOS in functionality and customization. This coming from someone who uses an iPhone should say a lot....

      You clearly know nothing about Android.
      Hey I've done the jailbreak thing on my 3GS, and after awhile I decided I just don't need it. And seriously, things that are so easy to do on iOS are so effing difficult on Android, specifically mail and network settings (trying to get my boss's Android phone to sync mail and calendars, etc).
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by DanOptic View Post
      The display is fantastic as it is, wireless charging, why? my phone always charges when im asleep, no big deal, why do you need a 1080p front facing camera? all 1080p is good for is movies etc, on a small phone 720p will look nice, and NFC would of been nice but its a new tech, only a certain amount of stores will use the tech
      My iPhone is my book of business, in other words my phone is dead before Noon. Do I always need to be next to an outlet/usb to solve this problem? The technology has existed for several years but this is how Apple works. They have a majority of features not listed today ready to go but they know they need them available for the iPhone 5S launch. At the end of the day it's all business.. not the consumer.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Question... I just got off work... Are all my current cables now obsolete as the rumors were implying?
      There will be plenty of adapters to make old cables and docks still work.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      There will be plenty of adapters to make old cables and docks still work.
      So there IS a new dock connector?
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eiswritsat View Post
      THE LEAKS killed the "iPhone 5". Apple needs to shoot and kill anyone responsible for the leaks, lol. i mean there is no anticipation anymore what so every. The iPhone 4 leak was bad, the iPhone 5 leaks were just AWFUL for apple. Im not impressed even though the added hardware is actually really nice because i wanted a "wow" factor that the leaks took away from me.
      well even there is no leaks on the desgin .. im still not impressed!! now when i bought this phone people wouldnt know if its an iPhone 5 by looking at it :S just like the design between iPad 2 and 3... boorriingg!!!
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      I had to be the one to say it, this is the most boring iPhone launch I have seen to date. Maybe I speak for myself but none of these were shockers. Almost 15-20 minutes now talking about revamped iTunes & iPod.. really? Maybe it's because I've watched through everyone one of these key-notes since the original debut.

      Don't get me wrong.. I"ll buy it but was really hoping the leaks were not true & Apple would release something NEW up their sleeves.
      Same here.
    1. sammy1977's Avatar
      sammy1977 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MaStA819 View Post
      It's 2012 and Apple still thinks it's a big deal to talk about turn by turn navigation...

      Seems like Apple is playing catch up and they are getting closer to what the S3 is. One good thing may come about this new iPhone...hopefully the S3 price gets lower because I can't wait to get rid of my iPhone 4.

      The new iPod Nano seems to be the best part of this event.

      I agree, hopefully the S3 price is dropped!
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Question... I just got off work... Are all my current cables now obsolete as the rumors were implying?
      Yes, although they are promoting an adapter to use with your previous devices... but it still looks like its a big piece of plastic that will cause your prongs to bend if sitting on a dock station. Not good..

      Also, they didn't mention if it comes with your purchase of the iPhone 5 or if you have to buy the adapter.
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DanOptic View Post
      more room on the screen for widgets

      personally i like the look of the IP4 and IP5

      i mean its a phone, it fits in hands
      I agree. If U want a bigger screen, get an ipad!
    1. parahelium's Avatar
      parahelium -
      I am not surprise at all, and I won't be buying one. But I bet they still sell million and million of these phones. And next year will be iphone 5s, with the same shape and faster processor/better camera. So boring...