• Apple introduces the taller iPhone 5 with LTE support



    Today Apple announced the new iPhone 5. I was a little surprised that most of the leaks about the new iPhone 5 were correct. I remember everyone was sure that there would be 2 iPhones when the 4s launched. I guess Apple's security isn't what it used to be.

    Anyways, the 5 biggest changes about the new iPhone are that it has a taller (longer) screen, a new A6 processor, LTE support, a new proprietary accessory connector named "lightening" and a new SIM card format.

    The screen retains it's 326pixel per inch density but it's now 4" and has a resolution of 1136x960. It has the same horizontal resolution as the 4 and 4s but now the aspect ratio is 16:9. So now there's room for another row of icons.

    Personally, I like the width of the iPhone 4 and 4s. They're the perfect size for me to use the iPhone with one hand since my thumb can reach across the screen easily. It's very difficult to do this on my Galaxy S III's. So I'm happy that Apple kept the same width and just made the screen taller.

    Otherwise the screen retains the same 800:1 contrast ratio and 500 cd/m2 brightness of the 4s.

    Physically, the 5 measures 7.6mm thick and weighs 112g. To compare the Galaxy S III (which is a substantially bigger phone) measures 8.6mm thick and weighs 133g. The thinness should make the 5 a great phone to be put in a case.

    It's available in 2 colours, Black/Slate and White/Silver. Both have aluminum backs, the Black one is anodized while the White isn't. The metal backs should make the new iPhones very tactile though I always though the 4 and 4s' glass backs were pretty nice too. The parts of the back that aren't covered with aluminum are covered in glass.

    There are actually 3 versions all of which support LTE. There are 2 versions for GSM carriers and one version for CDMA carriers. The 2 GSM versions differ in which LTE bands they support. Basically there's one for here and one for overseas.

    The iPhone 5 will have both voice and data from a single chip. Most LTE phones have separate chips for this. Not a big deal to the end user but it's worth mentioning.

    The WiFi now supports dual bands (2.4 and 5Ghz), the 4s didn't support 5Ghz.

    The new A6 processor is supposed to have 2x the graphics and CPU performance as the older A5 chip.

    There'a new accessory connector called 'lightening'. It's 80% smaller than the older connector though it looks bigger than a microUSB connector. Don't you just love proprietary connectors? Apple is selling a old style to new style accessory connector.

    The camera resolution is still 8MP but the software supports panoramas. Apple was showing off a 28MP panorama. I'm not sure if the 4s also had this but the 5 has a sapphire crystal lens. That's the same glass you find on luxury watches. Sapphire crystal is extremely hard and doesn't scratch easily.

    The iPhone's camera software can finally walk and chew bubble gum at the same time I mean you can shoot video and take pictures at the same time.

    The front facing camera now supports 720p facetime so I'm guessing is either a 1.3mp camera or maybe the less impressive 720x640 camera from the iPad 2.

    I'm not happy that Apple is introducing a new SIM Card format with the 5. While most companies are now using MicroSIMs the 5 takes a nano SIM. As someone who switches phones regularly I hope that there will be adapters available so that I can use nano SIMs in other devices.

    Apple didn't discuss how much RAM the new iPhone 5 has. Part of me assumes it will have 1GB of RAM though the other part tells me "don't say anything if you have nothing good to say". So maybe it has 512MB like the 4s did. 512MB isn't a deal breaker but it would have been nice. I'd be able to switch between more apps and games without having to relaunch them.

    They also didn't discuss the battery's capacity. Not sure what to make of this one. I'm sure it will be bigger than the 4s' 1400mAh battery though I have no idea how much bigger.

    The mapping software now supports navigation. I've been using the new maps on my 4s which is running OS6. On my 4s the maps app is obviously not complete but it does look very nice. What effect this will have on navigation provider's stock prices remains to be seen.

    Apple will be taking pre-orders on Sept 14th. It will be available in-store on the 21st. Pricing for Americans will be $199/$299/$399 on a 2 year contract for the 16/32/64GB versions. Canucks will be paying $699 for an unlocked one. I'm guessing contact pricing will be similar to what Americans will be paying but with a 3yr contract. Frankly I'm surprised and a little annoyed that Apple is raising prices slightly. On the other hand, them raising prices gives Android makers some breathing room. If the 5 started at $599 unlocked it would mean that most Android phones couldn't cost more than that which would really hurt their profit margins so I guess kudos to Apple for throwing their competition a bone.

    Personally, since the iPhone is sort of in the driver's seat right now it doesn't need to smash the competition feature-wise. That said aside from the LTE support and I suppose the slightly bigger, higher resolution screen it's not a huge upgrade from the 4s.

    I'm disappointed that there's no support for NFC but at the same time, while NFC is becoming more useful it's not quite a "must have" feature just yet. My guess is by the time the next iPhone rolls around it will have NFC support then.

    LTE is a nice new feature. I tell people that LTE support is important not because they need their phones to transfer at 100mbps but because LTE networks (at least the ones here) tend to be less congested than their HSPA counterparts. Given that the new iPhone is probably going to set new sale records I'm uncertain what effect this will have on LTE network congestion...

    So, who's getting ready to line up now? While I love my Android phones (two S3's a One X and a Note) I also love my 4s so I'll definitely be getting one.

    -Howard
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple introduces the iPhone 5 started by Cauchon View original post
    Comments 193 Comments
    1. infamo's Avatar
      infamo -
      what a disappointment again this year...nothing that the Samsung S3 doesn't already have, infact, it has less!
    1. Cauchon's Avatar
      Cauchon -
      I was actually satisfied with what was announced. To someone who really loves the iPhone, a bigger screen, better camera, faster device, and LTE are big upgrades.
    1. Goelz83's Avatar
      Goelz83 -
      Yeah, this "new phone" has the same specs that smartphones had 1.5 years ago. It will still sell to the sheep, but hopefully people will start to realize that Apple is not as revolutionary as they claim to be.
    1. terryjohnson16's Avatar
      terryjohnson16 -
      They mentioned LTE support, but what about the 3G bands? AWS?
    1. Goelz83's Avatar
      Goelz83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cauchon View Post
      I was actually satisfied with what was announced. To someone who really loves the iPhone, a bigger screen, better camera, faster device, and LTE are big upgrades.
      Does it not bother you that Apple just released a product that is comparable to products offered by their competition a year ago? RIM had a huge following at one point too, but their lack of innovation is what screwed them. I could easily see the same thing happening to Apple in a few years.
    1. GeminiIII's Avatar
      GeminiIII -
      LOL nice going apple. are people actually gonna buy that thing?
    1. Goelz83's Avatar
      Goelz83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GeminiIII View Post
      LOL nice going apple. are people actually gonna buy that thing?
      Unfortunately, yes. Some people don't care what is inside the phone as long as it has a shiny piece of fruit on the outside.
    1. mandrsn1's Avatar
      mandrsn1 -
      Wow, really nothing that wasn't already leaked in advance. Decent incremental upgrades.
    1. Goelz83's Avatar
      Goelz83 -
      Oh, how could I forget the third microphone? I don't think anybody else is doing that right now.

      I guess I was being too hard on Apple.
    1. terryjohnson16's Avatar
      terryjohnson16 -
      I find it funny that all those leaked iPhone 5 pics were real. LOL.
    1. ggore's Avatar
      ggore -
      8 hours of LTE on a phone this light and thin? Sounds good, we'll see how it stacks up against the RAZR Maxx
    1. Groot's Avatar
      Groot -
      The iPhone 5 has terrible battery life, 8 hours !!!!
      One of the things I hate about the iPhone is the ugly interface grids of icons and folders, very boring.
      You want the weather ok lets find the icon for the weather app, open the program get the weather, still no widgets.

      Android has nothing to worry about.

      If people were smart, and I often do not give them credit hopeful the predictions are going to be off big time.
    1. MahaGuru's Avatar
      MahaGuru -
      If you compare with iPhone to iPhone 5 than it's a big improvement and of course apple die hard fans will go crazy!!

      I have iPhone 4 and may upgrade to iPhone 5 or Samsung S3.

      Someone please give me honest opinion to which one to go with?
    1. GeminiIII's Avatar
      GeminiIII -
      Quote Originally Posted by Goelz83 View Post
      Unfortunately, yes. Some people don't care what is inside the phone as long as it has a shiny piece of fruit on the outside.
      +1
      it's unfortunately the case.
    1. P Nut's Avatar
      P Nut -
      Definitely not anything too inspiring. But I'm getting one. Tried other platforms and just ran into too many bugs. Others' experiences may vary, but for me, Apple's OS and hardware has been the most solid, which I'll continue to support.
    1. Just4Peep's Avatar
      Just4Peep -
      Specs for the radio


      GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
      CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
      GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)

      Will it work on T-Mo?
    1. mandrsn1's Avatar
      mandrsn1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Just4Peep View Post
      Specs for the radio


      GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
      CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
      GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)

      Will it work on T-Mo?
      At EDGE speeds.
    1. loutzl's Avatar
      loutzl -
      hey Goelz83 : We get it, you don't like Apple. Don't like the Iphone. You won't buy it. Maybe we will but we don't to hear it again and again. Please go fill a different thread.

      Quote Originally Posted by Goelz83 View Post
      Unfortunately, yes. Some people don't care what is inside the phone as long as it has a shiny piece of fruit on the outside.
    1. andsoitgoes's Avatar
      andsoitgoes -
      Quote Originally Posted by P Nut View Post
      Definitely not anything too inspiring. But I'm getting one. Tried other platforms and just ran into too many bugs. Others' experiences may vary, but for me, Apple's OS and hardware has been the most solid, which I'll continue to support.
      Exactly. This is what I expected. I don't need a stupidly massive large phone. ALL I need is a phone that will run the hundreds upon hundreds of apps I own, that will run across my iPads and iPhones. Until Android can do that, why the hell would any Apple user switch? Plus the fact that android has but a fraction of the apps available is a major deal killer.

      As for android tablets, they still don't have the consistency they need to match or beat the iPad.

      I used to hate apple, believed everyone who loved the products to be sheep, then I finally dived in and haven't gone back since. Sure, they're a bit more expensive, but I've never enjoyed technology as much as I do now.

      Come Friday, I'll order and enjoy. Difference is that I don't kick sand in the face of people that chose others. I get the draw to other phones, but the fact that you guys can't understand why we are happy with this is daffy.
    1. gotanmp3's Avatar
      gotanmp3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by andsoitgoes View Post
      Difference is that I don't kick sand in the face of people that chose others.
      Well, there's a lot of anti-Apple sentiment floating around after the 1 billion dollar verdict against Samsung. The crux of the issue is that some of us don't feel it's fair for Apple to have a monopoly on certain basic smartphone functionality. Apple's biggest feature announcements today - a larger display, turn-by-turn navigation and 4G LTE are features already present on Android phones that you could've bought yesterday. My (and many other peoples') gripe against Apple is they don't feel we should be allowed that choice.

      I won't "kick sand" in anyone's face because they prefer Apple's products and iOS over Android, but I will call Apple out on their bullying and hypocrisy.