Today’s media event was packed with a ton of news today, with Apple announcing the next model of its flagship iOS device, the iPhone 5.
The new iPhone 5 will feature the expected 4-inch display and 4G LTE connectivity, along with improved camera features (though the sensor for the rear-facing camera remains at 8 megapixels) in an aluminum and glass enclosure. All in all, the iPhone 5 will be the same width as the iPhone 4S but will be taller to accommodate the larger screen yet still thinner and lighter overall.
Internally, the iPhone 5 gets a faster and more efficient A6 processor, dual-band 802.11(n) Wi-Fi capability and will use a smaller Nano-SIM card. When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 5 matches or exceed the iPhone 4S with up to 8 hours of LTE or 3G talk time, up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and up to 225 hours of standby time.
The iPhone 5 also gets a new, smaller dock connector called Lightning. Unlike the older 30-pin connector, the Lightning connector is reversible and doesn’t need to be connected in a specific orientation. Apple will sell an adapter so you can use your existing accessories with a 30-pin dock connector but it will set you back $29 for one, which can add up to a pricey proposition if you have several older accessories you want to use with your shiny new iPhone 5.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 will begin on September 14 and it will begin shipping in the US and eight other countries on September 21 and will roll out to 22 more countries on September 28.
The iPhone 5 will be available in black (with a slate aluminum back) or white (with a raw aluminum back) and will cost $199, $299, and $399 with a 2-year contract respectively for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.
That’s not all Apple announced today – check out these articles over at our sister site, MacRumors.com:
- Apple Announces 4-Inch iPod Touch, Multitouch iPod Nano
- Apple Announces Major iTunes Update Coming Next Month [Update: Version 10.7 Released Today]
- Apple Announces New Dock Connector Called ‘Lightning’
- Apple Announces EarPods Earphones
A specific time for the launch of pre-orders on Friday has not yet been announced but I’m hoping it’s not 3:00 am Eastern like it was for the iPhone 4S. I’m also hoping that Apple is truly prepared for pre-orders this time and beefs up its systems and servers so I don’t have struggle for hours to place my pre-order.