Finally, Apple has unveiled its new iPhone. The way it was rumored for a while, the 2012 iPhone upgrade is named iPhone 5 and it packs almost all supposed features. Apple fans are set to get a new, slimmer and taller iPhone 5 with iOS 6, amazingly for the same price of iPhone 4S. The last year’s iPhone 4S looked like just an incremental upgrade to the Apple smartphone. Lots of Apple fans were disappointed with that version. Now we have the iPhone version that has been awaited for around a year. Since early 2011, we have been talking about a unique new iPhone with a large display, 4G LTE and others.
Brilliant 4-inch Retina Display
First of all, Apple has dumped it 3.5-inch display, which has been was the case with all the previous five generations of iPhone. From the 2007’s original iPhone to the 2011’s iPhone 4S, the handset came with a 3.5-inch display. During the initial four years – the period iPhone was only a dominant player in smartphone market – the 3.5-inch display was not a concern for users. But after the Android revolution, which recently got a set of large-screen devices like Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and lots of others, iPhone fans wanted the device to have a bit larger display.
Apple seems to have bowed to the longing of its customers. It has for the first time modified the display size of the gadget. The new 4-inch Retina display comes out with lots of specialties. As per Apple, it is the slimmest iPhone display ever. In order to turn the handset light, Apple was suggested by engineers to reduce the intensity of the display. As a result, Apple omitted a separate layer of touch electrodes from the device. “With one less layer between you and what you see on iPhone 5, you experience more clarity than ever before” Apple says.
New Look and Feel
The new iPhone is the thinnest ever with 7.6mm body. Apple engineers have done a great job to cut the size and weight of the device without sacrificing many of its features. In an effort to reduce the dimensions of iPhone 5, Apple has integrated a nano-SIM card, which is 44 percent smaller than the typical micro-SIM. Further, apart from the traditional approach of using two chips for LTE (separately for voice and data), the new iPhone has single chip for the high-speed net connectivity. The novel Lightning dock connector is 80 percent smaller than its predecessor’s 30-pin connector. The 8MP iSight rear camera is also smaller. As a whole, the new iPhone is 20 percent lighter and 18 percent slimmer than its predecessor.
The new iPhone 5 features 4G LTE, the latest technology in wireless connectivity. Apple has for the first time integrated LTE in its iPhone. The LTE connectivity may drain battery of the device faster. But, Apple has devised its new iPhone with special optimization for better battery life. It is great to see how Apple has designed its thinner iPhone 5 with ultrafast connectivity. Moreover, the device supports more networks all across the world. They consist of advanced networks like HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, says Apple. Thanks to dual-band 802.11n W-Fi, the device loads web faster at 150 Mbps
Stronger A6 Chipset
Yes, making the rumors over the new iPhone true, Apple has powered up it with the company’s A6 chipset, which is two times faster than A5. Thanks to the new processor technology, you can see your iPhone loading web pages faster than ever. You can further download email attachments and stream video clips in a matter of time. Along with the A6 chipset, the device is to sport further fast graphical processor that can support high end games without slowing down the handset.
Is the new iPhone 5 as perfect as it was hoped to be? No, say some analysts. The device has received many welcome features and it may again become a hotcake in stores. But, the lack of NFC is a real letdown. According to TechRadar, it is a ‘real misstep’ since it will make the iPhone 5 less competitive to the NFC-featured Android handsets. “Not having NFC is a real misstep, as it would have made the Passbook application in iOS 6 much better (and in keeping with its Android and Windows Phone rivals) and it certainly would have been nice to see something remarkable in addition to some nice, but not startling, upgrades” says TechRadar.