The iPhone 5 also packs a new Wi-Fi radio which supports 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11n (no 802.11ac this time around). Apple says that it supports speeds up to 150Mbps.
However, the heart of the iPhone 5 comes from the new A6 processor. Apple didn't get into specifics of how many cores or how fast the cores run, but it says that it has a twice the CPU performance and twice the graphics performance of the iPhone 4S. In addition, the actual A6 chip is 22% smaller than the A5.
When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 5 is rated at 8 hours of 3G/LTE talk time/browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, and 225 hours standby. Speaking of talk time, the iPhone 5 now includes 3 microphones and a noise-cancelling earpiece. The speakers have also been redesigned.
The rear camera has been rebranded "iSight" and is still 8MP. However, it now features backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, spatial noise reduction, and dynamic low-light mode. The iSight camera also now includes a panorama mode, a feature that's been available in iOS apps like Photosynth for quite some time. You can also now take photos while shooting videos.
The FaceTime camera has also received an "HD" upgrade and can shoot in 720p. It also features backside illumination and facial recognition.
One of the other big changes to come to the iPhone 5 is a redesigned “Lighting” dock connector (get it; Thunderbolt, Lightning **golf clap**). The resultant cable used is 80% smaller, reversible, and features an 8-pin design. For those that have many accessories with a 30-pin dock connector, Apple will sell an adapter.
quote: We've had dual core A15 cpu's in android phones for awhile now, with quadcore coming. This iPhone 5 is only dual core.
quote: A6 is quad core A15's.
quote: And this piece of gross misinformation gets rated up
quote: Car companies offer extra horsepower engines for thousands of dollars more and nobody complains but Apple charges an extra $100 to double the capacity and all of a sudden people are throwing a fit.
quote: I don't really understand your point... Car companies offer extra horsepower engines for thousands of dollars more and nobody complains but Apple charges an extra $100 to double the capacity and all of a sudden people are throwing a fit.
quote: because F^?$ the customer, that's why.
quote: Cause f--- 'em, that's why!
quote: I AM THE MANAGER
quote: The last time 48 gigs of data cost you 200 bucks was in 2003.
quote: A study by research firm IDC found that flash cards sold for an average price of 45 cents per megabyte last year but could go as low as 10 cents a megabyte by 2006.
quote: My iPhone 4 broke last month when I took it apart. Static electricity likely fried a component on the logic board.
quote: I didn't care for the glass back on the iPhone 4 so I'm not sad to see that gone in the iP5.
quote: Never before has this degree of fit and finish been applied to a phone. Take the glass inlays on the back of iPhone 5, for instance . During manufacturing, each iPhone 5 aluminum housing is photographed by two high-powered 29MP cameras. A machine then examines the images and compares them against 725 unique inlays to find the most precise match for every single iPhone.
quote: We could have taken the easy way out and designed something more reasonable and less remarkable. But we didn’t. If the technology didn’t exist, we invented it . If a component wasn’t small enough, we re-imagined it. If convention was standing in the way, we left it behind. The result is iPhone 5: the thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone ever.
quote: Apple engineers accomplished that by creating the first Retina display with integrated touch technology.
quote: The "Home" button was starting to stick
quote: We protect our phones because A) We have more respect for your devices. B) We have thousands of cases to choose from and simply can't resist not picking one out.
quote: You make a lot of assumptions about my character that I don't appreciate.
quote: have fun with your plastic GS3
quote: Agreed. I am interested is this liquid metal thingy. I assume the iPhone 6 will utilize. That and a larger screen would be awesome enough to make me switch, but well have to wait another year to see what the competition has.
quote: I thought it said it was "improved". At least a bit better. Was already pretty good. The only alternative is larger battery like the Razer MAXX, but then you add bulk. I think its a good mix with that.
quote: It's a f$$% phone. Grow up.
quote: One of the other big changes to come to the iPhone 5 is a redesigned “ Lighting ” dock connector (get it; Thunderbolt, Lightning **golf clap**).