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iPhone 5 Release: What’s New?

Following the official unveiling of the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco and London by new CEO Tim Cook and senior vice-president Phil Schiller, this article takes a look at some of the latest features users can look forward to. For exampe, the new Apple iPhone 5 comes with a four-inch display – a half-inch increase on the iPhone 4s and an innovative Panoramic picture mode, which stitches a series of eight-megapixel images together to create a 28-megapixel masterpiece. However, previous iPhone owners may have to come to terms with a new, re-designed docking connector which means that old accessories will either be obsolete, or need an Apple adapter to work again.

A more detailed review or comparison of iPhone 5 versus its predecessor, the iPhone 4S is presented below.

iPhone 4S

iPhone 5

Height: 115.2 mm (4.5 inches) Height: 123.8 mm (4.87 inches)
Width: 58.6 mm (2.31 inches) Width: 58.6 mm (2.31 inches)
Depth: 9.3 mm (0.37 inches) Depth: 7.6 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight: 140 grams (4.9 ounces) Weight: 112 grams (3.95 ounces)
Touchscreen: 3.5in Touchscreen: 4in
Pixel density: 326 pixels per inch Pixel density: 326 per inch
Display: 960 x 640 pixels Display: 1136×640 pixels
Services: 3G phone; music player; video player; internet browser; email Services: 3G and superfast mobile 4G phone; music player; video player; internet browser; email.
Camera: 8MP still camera and HD video camera on back. Second camera on front. Camera: Smaller, higher spec, faster shutter speed, panorama function
Siri: Voice controlled virtual personal assistant allows conversation with iPhone to direct it to answer questions, send texts and carry out other functions. Siri: Upgraded to allow spoken recommendations for films or restaurants. Possible to update Facebook status by voice command
Built in Apps: FaceTime video calls; video editing; Safari internet browser; email; Google maps; YouTube; iTunes; App store; Newsstand; Reminders personal organiser; calendar; contacts; game centre; find my phone; calculator; weather; notes. Built in Apps: FaceTime video calls; video editing; Safari internet browser; email; Google maps replaced with Apple alternative including spoken directions; no YouTube as standard.
Processor: Dual core fast A5 chip, the same as in the iPad 2 Processor: A6 chip said to be twice as quick as A5.
Internal Memory: 16GB; 32GB; or 64GB Internal Memory: 16GB; 32GB; or 64GB
Other Memory: Purchases stored in Apple’s iCloud servers. Other Memory: Purchases stored in Apple’s iCloud servers
Battery: Standby time: Up to 200 hours; Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G/ up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi; Video playback: Up to 10 hours; Audio playback: Up to 40 hours. Battery: Standby up to 225 hours; Internet use up to 8 hours on 3G/4G; video playback up to 10 hours; audio playback up to 40 hours.
Operating System: Apple iOS 5. Operating System: Apple iOS 6.
30 pin connector: To power sources and docking stations on speakers, radios and other devices. 8 pin ‘lightning’ connector: to power sources and docking stations on speakers, radios and other devices. New adaptor will allow connections to existing 30 pin docking stations.
Prices: 16GB – £499; 32GB – £599; 64GB – £699 Prices: 16GB – $199; 32GB – $299; 64GB – $399

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  1. Sean

    September 13, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Apple wants to give authorities the ability to shut down our cameras. While under the pretence of “stopping piracy”, this will be far too easy for authorities to abuse – especially at protests and other politically sensitive events. Why would you buy something that you don’t have full control over? And why would you support a company that treats you like a naughty child?

  2. Adam

    September 13, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Good to see new apple iphone 5 . I going to buy ASAP.

  3. Cristian Stan

    September 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    It’s great that you compared them in parallel. I could see the differences easier.

  4. Victor Campbell

    September 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Yeah that is interesting.. what get me is the price difference?

  5. Victor Campbell

    September 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Yeah that is interesting.. what get me is the price difference? It can’t be cheaper than the iPhone 4…?

  6. Cathy Summer

    September 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    The larger screen really comes to life, though, with what is perhaps its coolest feature – a tool called “Panorama” that automatically stitches together a series of pictures into a majestic vista. Panorama can be turned on simply by going into the iPhone 5’s camera mode and then selecting it on an option menu. Once it’s activated, an arrow guides you as you slowly pan the camera around whatever scenery you desire (if you move too fast, Panorama tells you to slow down and also advises you if you are moving the camera too high or low). Once you are done, you can look at the panoramic shot within seconds and zoom into whichever areas of the picture look most interesting.

  7. Ann

    September 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Side by side comparison is terrific. The 5’s screen size is wonderful. Lots of improvements.
    Gotta love that price on the 16GB!

  8. Meena Thakur

    September 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Now whatever does the apple say about the iphone 5, I believe galaxy s3 is much better than this..

  9. Nawaz

    September 14, 2012 at 1:41 am

    This product of Apple has versatile features and I love to use this slim set.

  10. Jeo

    September 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

    The phone looks decent compare to 4 but not that drastic changes. The looks are pretty decent. Overall it’s a satisfactory phone. Wonderful blog, very good comparison. It will make the buyer more comfort should he buy i5 or not. I’m sticking with my i4.

  11. Emily

    September 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for sharing you gave me the clearer picture of the two versions. It will surely help readers whether to go for it or no, it’s a good phone but expected more from it. Good post, thanks for sharing.

  12. Richa

    September 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I was waiting for the Iphone 5 and it looks simply amazing. You have really put it in a great way in this post by doing a comparative analysis. It made it easy to review it in a better manner. I wish this one gets good success.

  13. Chris

    September 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Though iPhone 5 is really not that innovative and it doesn’t have cool new features, we should give it out to Apple because they still managed to pull off a successful launch just like what they did in the iPhone 4S when Steve Jobs was still alive.

  14. Nelida Lidstromb

    September 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I think the iPhone 5 is a great phone and it has improved from the last one, with a better camera and it looks more stylish. However, I still believe it is over rated, where there are phones out there such as the Samsung S3 that are better, if not just as good, and plus they are cheaper. I personally would not pick an apple phone as they are too expensive for what they are.

  15. James

    September 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Design is almost the same as the old iPhone. Missing NFC. No expandable memory option. No removable battery. Hardware is not as good as most of the top Android devices (e.g.,Galaxy S3 has 2Gb Ram, Quad core CPU, higher resolution, bigger screen,etc). It is best iphone ever but not better than Galaxy S3.

  16. Erica Williams

    September 17, 2012 at 8:44 am

    That’s great comparison you made it more easier to understand but I am doubtful about the price, aren’t they higher than you mentioned up there?

  17. Tom

    September 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Iphone 5 is much sleeker than Iphone 4s. However, I feel Apple has not lived upto the customer excpectations. The launch of this latest phone was hyped a lot and it did not match up to those loud promotions of the phone. I would not prefer an Apple phone irrespective of Iphone 4 or 5 because I cannot handle the elongated proceedure to transfer songs to the phone through itunes.

  18. Nicholas

    September 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I think its a nice looking phone. Especially the Black/Slate color scheme. But feature wise, I’m not sold. Wanted to see this release before deciding on my next phone. Still like the Samsung Galaxy S3. Those new earpods are cool though. Good comparison, thanks for sharing.

  19. Nick Steve

    September 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

    What’s new in it?

  20. Jack

    September 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

    The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features, its a nice looking phone, especially the Black/Slate color scheme. It’s absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone world.

  21. Thomas

    September 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Pretty decent phone not up to the expectation, it Doesn’t even threaten the Galaxy S3. What’s happened to Apple? still reliant on itunes, still no customization, still no file transfer via bluetooth, still no notification led, still no expandable memory, still playing catch up. Nice comparison of i4 & i5 will give clearer picture for the reader to buy or not to buy.

  22. Nick

    September 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Sure it looks like a decent improvement when you compare it to the iPhone 4 but I would of liked to see a bit more.

    When you compare this to phones of the same generation it doesn’t really do anything for me. Take the Apple badge off it and this phone wouldn’t have been noticed by anyone.

    Each to their own though, I suppose.

  23. Nora Slavensq

    September 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Hello, thank you for sharing this post. I really like how you have broken it down like this, it is so much easier to see the similarities. I have now realised there is no updating my iPhone because they are more or less the same and I do not think it is the worth it. There is a better camera, however I already have a digital camera so there would be no point for me to change.

  24. Reyna Sibellu

    September 24, 2012 at 1:36 am

    This is a great post, I have just purchased the iPhone 5 and I have to say that there are a few more improvements but I do not think it is that much different from the previous iPhone, however I’m sure my opinion will change when I use it more! Thank you for sharing.

  25. Alex

    September 24, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I am sorry to say but after so many rumours and talking about this iPhone 5,
    am afraid Apple has disappointed many of they users.
    I like your table of comparison,really you can see from the table what I am talking about.

  26. Paul

    September 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the comparisson but I still feel that Apple are releasing upgrades to quickly, why not spend more time developing a new product which completely dominates the older version, instead of small additions and fixes all the bloody time!

  27. Cherryl Vergea

    September 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Hello, thank you for sharing this post. I personally think there are not any significant differences between the two versions of the iPhone, so there is no point upgrading it. There is a better camera though and it is a lot more stylish, but I think it is over rated.

  28. Jack

    October 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I am honestly dissapointed by the iPhone 5. But I guess there weren’t many more features apple could have implemented. Still, they could have added customisation, and since Apple is considered by many as an individual tier, away from Samsung and Sony, that would have made a huge impact. Good post, thanks for sharing.

  29. Atta

    October 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    well i like the most in the phone is the back texture they had designed well to hold the phone and many more.

  30. Zvi

    October 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for the detailed assessment of your impressions of the iphone 5. It helped me with determining which to go with (iphone 4S or iphone 5). Sounds like an awesome phone, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Good post, thanks for sharing.”

  31. Zvi

    October 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    This phone deserves a 90. It is a great phone. Not revolutionary like the original iPhone but evolutionary in almost all the right ways (speed, size, screen, weight, OS, fixability, durability, and future-proof ability). The only thing I don’t get is why some people think it’s a failure because it has a lot of the same things that other phones have. Good comparison, thanks for sharing.

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