As the world now knows the Apple iPhone 5 has finally made its debut and is pretty much just what we expected…(and maybe just a bit more in some ways). The evolution of the iPhone is a marvel in it’s own respects with a new design that is thinner and lighter than previous models and boasts a larger 4-inch screen, but in some ways is playing catch-up to rest of the smartphone world with the introduction of LTE and by expanding the screen size.
Apple’s Philip Schiller said, “iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device we’ve ever created.” Indeed, it is a masterpiece, made up almost entirely of glass and aluminum. iPhone 5 is volumetrically the smallest iPhone to date at 7.6mm thick, making iPhone 5 the thinnest smartphone in the world, and weighing just 112 grams. Apple designers choose to keep the same, 58.6mm, width as the iPhone 4S so that the new model feels familiar in the hands of customers. Obviously, the new iPhone is a bit longer. 8.6mm to be exact, growing to an overall height of 123.8mm, up from 115.2mm of the previous model.
With all the squeezing and stretching of the latest iPhoney device the internals had to follow suit. Every component had to be redesigned with the thin-is-in mentality. A 44% smaller nano-SIM card replaces the micro-SIM. The time-tested approach to building LTE into a world phone uses two chips (one for voice, one for data), but on the iPhone 5, Apple managed to squeeze everything into a single chip. The Lightning connector is 80 percent smaller than the 30-pin connector. The 8MP iSight camera is even 20% smaller. An all new A6 chip is 22 % smaller than the A5. All the squeezing and shrinking adds up to a 20% lighter and 18% thinner iPhone.
Maybe the most welcome feature of the iPhone 5 is the larger display 4-inch Retina display, allowing for an additional row of apps on the home screen. Apple not only made the display screen longer, but thinner as well by integrating the touch interface into the screen it’s self rather than having an additional overlay. The Retina display pixel density is an outstanding 1136 x 640 with a 44% boost in color saturation over the screen of the iPhone 4S. Now 16:9 widescreen videos can the enjoyed using every pixel. Woot! Woot!
LTE connectivity has finally made contact with the iPhone along with HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA and dual-band 802.11n WiFi and Apple is dubbing the all this new-fangled (at least some is new) connectivity as “Ultrafast Wireless.” Apple is offering different LTE chips based on the location and carrier you choose, so be careful when you order.
The new A6 chip is smaller to fit in the slimmer iPhone 5 case, but up to 2 times faster that the A5 chip, so apps launch faster, web surfing is faster and graphics performance is smoother all while sipping battery power.
All the newer, faster, smaller hardware work together to actually improve battery life over previous models. Apple boasts 8 hours of browsing on a cellular connection, up to 8 hours of talk time, and up to 10 hours of video playback time.
Apple engineers and suppliers managed to shrink the iSight camera while still retaining the 8MP resolution of the previous, also adding features like panoramic shooting, improved stabilization and FaceTime over supporting cellular networks.
A long overdue update to apples ear buds, now dubbed “EarPods,” lend an ear in making the iPhone 5 experience the best that Apple can make it. Apple designed the new EarPods with the ear shape at the forefront of the design teams mind. Engineers, then, worked on the acoustics employeeing rigid and flexible materials in the design of the speaker diaphragms with strategically placed acoustic vents to aid in sound flow.