Apple on Wednesday unveiled the iPhone 5, which features a bigger screen, 4G wireless support, longer battery life and a new, more powerful processor that opens the door wider for content creators.
The iPhone 5 comes with a 4-inch display, compared to the 3.5-inch display of the iPhone 4S, along with 1,136-x-640 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is 7.6 millimeters thick and weighs 112 grams, making it thinner and lighter than previous models. Under the hood is Apple's A6 processor, which is 22 percent smaller than the A5 but delivers twice the performance, according to the company.
Phil Schiller, senior vice president of product marketing at Apple, said the display upgrade allows for an extra row of icons to fit on the iPhone 5 home screen.
"This is the most accurate display in the industry. The touch sensors are integrated right into the display itself," Schiller said at a media event in downtown San Francisco, according to a transcript of the event compiled by The Verge. "We removed a layer and made it sharper. This is the world's most advanced display, and I couldn't be prouder of it."
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Apple has updated its software to take advantage of the iPhone 5's extra display space and has given some iOS developers early access to the device so that they can update their App Store apps, Schiller said.
The iPhone 5 adds support for 4G LTE wireless broadband for the first time, and it also supports HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. Wi-Fi has also been upgraded to support 2.4GHz and 5GHz on 802.11n. Battery life has been given a boost in the iPhone 5, which delivers eight hours of talk time and 4G Web usage and 10 hours of Wi-Fi usage.
"There's now a single chip for voice and data, and a single radio chip. And we have a unique Apple advantage with a dynamic antenna," Schiller said, according to The Verge's transcript.
Apple is upgrading both built in cameras as well. The iPhone 5's new 8-megapixel iSight camera is smaller than that of the iPhone 4S but shoots photos faster. Apple has also upgraded the front-facing video camera, used for FaceTime conversations, to 720p HD video.
Michael Oh, founder of Tech Superpowers, a Boston-based Apple reseller that sells the iPhone through a retail partnership with AT&T, believes the upgraded iPhone 5 will help Apple keep smartphone competitors at bay.
"People have been eyeing devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and others, perhaps thinking that there are better products than the iPhone to consider," Oh told CRN. "Now, the iPhone 5 is going to bring these people back."
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