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iPhone 5 - It's Finally Here!

By Lionell Go Macahilig & Wong Casandra - 13 Sep 2012

iPhone 5 - It's Finally Here!

The New iPhone 5 Arrives

All hail the new iPhone 5. Sold with the equally new Apple EarPods.

After months of speculation and allegations, the next-gen iPhone has finally made its official appearance, three months after Apple's major WWDC conference. And yes, this time, there are many hits and fewer misses with regards to the circulated rumors and allegations. Let's take a quick look at how the earlier reports and predecessors stack up against the sixth-gen iPhone 5:

Specs Comparison

Specifications iPhone 4 iPhone 4S  iPhone 5
 iPhone 5
Operating System (At Launch)
  • iOS 4.3.5
  • iOS 5
  •  iOS 6
  • iOS 6
  • Apple A4 Single-Core 1GHz
  • Apple A5 Dual-Core 1GHz
  •  Apple A5X Dual-Core
  • Apple A6 
Built-in Memory
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB RAM
  •  1GB RAM
  • -
  • 3.5-inch TFT capacitive IPS touchscreen
  • 640 x 960 pixels / 326ppi
  • 3.5-inch TFT capacitive IPS touchscreen
  • 640 x 960 pixels / 326ppi
  •  4.07-inch, 16:9 style

  • 640 x ?? pixels / 326ppi
  • 4.0-inch TFT capacitive IPS touchscreen, 16:9 style
  • 640 x 1136 pixels / 326ppi
  • 5-megapixel / Autofocus / LED flash / 720p video
    recording @ 30fps
  • 8-megapixel / Autofocus /
    LED flash / 1080p HD video
    recording @ 30fps
  • 8-megapixel
    with the improvement of the aperture range up to f/2.2
  • HD front-facing camera
  • 8-megapixel / Backside Illumination / f 2.4

  • HD front-facing camera
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 8 / 16 / 32GB
  • 16 / 32 / 64GB 
  • 16 / 32 / 64GB
  • 16 / 32 / 64GB
  • 1420mAh
  • 1432mAh
  •  -
  • -
  •  115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
  • 137g
  • 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
  • 140g
  • 120 x ? x ? mm
  • 123.83 x 58.47 x 7.6 mm
  • 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

  • 112g

Yes, the iPhone 5 will indeed spot a bigger 4.0-inch screen with an elongated 16:9 aspect ratio. On the physical side of things, the device is lighter (20%, to be exact) and 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S despite its fully glass/aluminium-covered exterior. The longer screen means that Apple is able to add a 5th row of icons. All of Apple's software and apps have been updated for the new screen size and resolution, while a little time will be needed for third-party developers to update their apps accordingly.

Of course, it is unlikely that we will get to take a look at the iPhone 5 first-hand for quite some time but its screen has been touted by Apple to be "the most accurate display in the industry" with touch sensos integrated right into the display itself. The A6 chip is touted to be two times faster than the A5 chip found in the 4S; while no light has been shed on how it will do against its quad-core competitors, we are fairly sure that it would hold up well performance-wise.

Lightning makes a show on the iPhone 5. Source: Apple

The fact that iPhone 5 will come with a smaller 19-pin dock connector (named "Lightning") is no startling news as reputable sources have confirmed it earlier on. Apple has mentioned that it is currently working on accessories, like an adaptor, for gadgets that are compatible with the 30-pin connector. The connector is not the only component that has been downsized of course - the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 5 is said to be 25% but even more productive and effective. 

Yep, LTE spectrums supported.

Last but not least, the iPhone 5 will come with support for both LTE and DC-HSDPA networks. In typical iPhone fashion, the iPhone 5 will be available in two shades, black/slate and white/silver.

Pricing and Availability

The iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the UK on September 21, and customers can pre-order the iPhone 5 beginning September 14. The iPhone 4S will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract. iOS 6 software will be available on September 19 as a free software update.

Apple will later roll out the device worldwide to 22 more countries on the 28th of September, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 

 One last obligatory shot before we go.

And for those mourning the loss of the iPhone 3GS, well, you got it right - it is officially taken off the line. Nonetheless, both iPhone 4 (8GB only) and iPhone 4S will still be available for sale. You may visit http://store.apple.com/ph for more details.