Thinner, Faster, Lighter, Stronger

The iPhone 5
Monday, September 24th, 2012
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In its usually dramatic style, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 on Wednesday, September 12. The phone is actually the sixth generation handset to be released by the Palo Alto-based company, and was perhaps the most highly anticipated device in the company’s history. Rumors have been circulating about the phone and its specific features since as early as January 2011, but this was the first time the notoriously secretive company even acknowledged the existence of an iPhone 5.

Almost anytime a new Apple product is expected to launch soon, there are several website devoted to rumor roundup for the device. The rumors can be anywhere from totally outlandish to spot on. This time around, as the September 12 event got closer and closer, the rumors seemed to be getting more and more realistic. Then, when Phil Schiller stepped on the stage on the twelfth, two years of fantasy suddenly became reality.

To the disappointment of many Apple fans, the company did not change the iPhone’s design in the 4S model. The iPhone 5, however, shows a drastic redesign in the phone’s exterior and interior hardware. Most drastically, the new handset is significantly thinner and lighter than its predecessor, with a 1.7mm decrease in thickness and an overall weight that is 26.0 g lighter than the 4S. Along with this change, comes a brand new screen, that measures 4.0 inches diagonally, a full .5 inches more than the iPhone 4S’s screen, and a 19% higher screen resolution. Another distinct exterior change is the phone’s new dock connector. All previous models of the iPhone, iPad, and most of the iPod models charge and sync data through a traditional 30-pin dock connector. The iPhone 5, however, features Apple’s new “Lightning Connector,” which is a much smaller 8-pin connector that Apple will presumably incorporate into all of its future mobile devices.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s late co-founder and CEO always believed that the inside of any device was equally as, if not more important than the outside. So, although 99% of the consumers who purchase the iPhone will never see the inside of the handset, the parts and the overall design are just as eloquent as the smooth, black and slate design of the exterior. The phone features a brand new A6 chip, which promises faster and stronger processing power, and an overall more efficient phone. The battery has also physically increased in size, and the camera, which captures 8 megapixel photos, and 1080p videos, can now take panoramic pictures, which incorporate 270 degrees of image.

There are far too many new features on the new iPhone to cover in a single article, but there are a few more essential new aspects of the phone. First of all, the iPhone 5 is Apple’s first 4G LTE phone. The new, faster data network has been featured in Android phones for a little more than a year now, and allows for stunningly fast download speeds. Secondly, it comes with Apple’s brand new “Ear Pods” which were most likely created in a response to many Android phones being sold with high definition headphones in the box, as well as many Apple customers complaining about the sometimes poor quality of the previous model headphones. The “Ear Pods” intend to bring high definition sound in a super-comfortable headphone that stays in the ear during intense physical activity. Finally, the iPhone 5 expands on the capability of the iPhone 4S’s Siri. In addition to all of the wonderful uses for Siri on the previous iPhone, the Personal Voice Assistant can now provide information on sporting events, restaurants, and movies.

The iPhone 5 was available to preorder beginning Friday, September 14. In the first 24 hours, the 2 million handsets were sold, nearly doubling the record held by the previous iPhone. In fact, many experts are worried that the demand for the new iPhone will greatly exceed the supply. Just two days after the phone became available for pre-order, Apple’s website began advising ordering customers that the phone would ship in 3-4 weeks. Yet despite the challenge of short supply, and the fact that many Android phones still boast features that the iPhone 5 lacks, some economists predict that Apple will sell as many as 10 million units by the end of September, and 140 million by the year’s end.