Apple has announced the next iteration of the iPhone at a special conference earlier today in San Francisco. Apple claims that it is made entirely of glass and aluminum and is “the most beautiful product we have ever made, bar none.” The new model is 7.6 mm thick and 20% lighter whilst also sporting a larger four-inch Retina display that gives an impressive 1136 x 640 resolution. The screen is also said to offer 44% more color saturation, and with the touch screen sensor built into the display, “it’s now the most accurate display in the industry.”
Taking a peek under the hood, the new A6 processor is said to double the speed and graphics of the A5 chip, and Rob Murray from EA briefly took the stage to show off Real Racing 3 on the iPhone 5. Apple is also presenting Ultrafast Wireless, their latest wireless tech that encompasses EDGE, EV-DO GPRS, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE standards. The Wi-Fi is 802.11n, allowing for speeds up to 150 Mbps.
Improvements to the battery and camera are also present as it offers eight hours of talk time on an LTE connection and ten hours on a Wi-Fi connection. The camera is an eight megapixel, 3264 x 2448 backside-illuminated sensor with a f/2.4 aperture, similar to that of the iPhone 4S.
On the connectivity side of things, a new dock connecter is coming along, as was rumoured. The newest dock is an all-digital, eight-signal design known as Lightning. It is said that an adapter will be made to use older accessories but it’s fairly bulky.
Pricing-wise, it’s similar to that of the iPhone 4S: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. Pre-orders will start on Friday, Sept. 14, with shipping following on September 21 in the U.S. and several other countries as Apple has boasted that it’ll be the “fastest roll-out ever.” Additionally, Apple is making the iPhone 4 free with contracts and the iPhone 4S available for $99.
Lastly, Apple also announced a new version of the iPod Touch and iPod Nano, with the former seeing many of the same upgrades that the latest iPhone received. The Nano, on the other hand, will be coming in seven different colors and come with a big 2.5-inch multi-touch screen whilst being 38% thinner than the last model.
Analysis: What may have been the worst kept secret to ever grace this world, Apple has finally announced the iPhone 5, and I have to say that I’m keen to get my hands on the latest model. The upgrades to the latest iteration are definitely some of the things I’ve wanted the most, but I absolutely loathe the idea of them changing the dock design, rendering a lot of accessories useless. Maybe, except that I’m not too fond of carrying around a bulky adapter. Looks like I’m going to be replacing a lot of my accessories, and that’s really my only qualm with Apple. Is this new dock really better than the previous one, or is it just another way to get people to repurchase accessories so that they can further line their pockets? But I digress.
But what really has me interested is what the new A6 chip will be capable of doing. Looking at some of the newer releases on the App Store, it’s amazing how far the graphics have come in a relatively short time on such a small device. But with another upgrade, I’m eager to see what mobile developers are able to do with the extra power packed into the device.
Really, this announcement could not have come at a better time for yours truly as I actually cracked the screen of my iPhone 4 yesterday afternoon. Well played, Apple, well played.