What’s new in iPhone 5 compared to iPhone 4S

As most of you are aware that Apple has announced iPhone 5 just 2 days ago. iPhone 5  comes with 4-inch Retina display,  an Apple-designed A6 chip powered by iOS 6. Some of the new major features or additions in terms of hardware upgrade include the taller display if you compared it with previous iPhones. They have kept the Width of the phone same and has increased the height of the iPhone creating room for a fifth row of icons on the display.

In this post, we will talk about the major upgrades that come with this new iPhone compared to iPhone 4S.

4-inch Retina display and Resolution

Apple increased the height of iPhone from 3.5 inch (diagonal) to 4-inch (diagonal)  keeping the width of the iPhone same as previous versions. The logic from Apple behind keeping the width of the phone intact is that, any iPhone user can access and operate full iPhone with just his thumb without the need to use the other thumb.

This increase in width comes with a change in resolution to 1136-by-640 from 960-by-640, but the pixel density remains unchanged to 326 ppi which is same as that in iPhone 4S or even iPhone 4.

Thin and light

Iphone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever made from apple. Compared to iPhone 4S, its 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. You should take into account the fact that in spite of  4 inch large display, Apple is still able to make it lighter than iPhone 4S.

A6 Processor/chip

It is powered by new  A6 chip designed by Apple. The guys at Anandtech report that this iPhone 5’s A6 SoC is not an A15 or A9, but a Custom Apple Core Instead. Apple avoids announcing clock speeds, CPU microarchitecture, memory bandwidth or GPU details, but they did announce the expected performance improvement for different operations on iPhone 5. Take a look at the screenshot below.

iOs 6

It is powered by iOS 6 with all new Maps app from Apple with Apple-designed cartography which replaces Google Maps, turn-by-turn navigation and new Flyoverâ„¢ view. iOS 6 includes tight Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar on the phone with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings.

Nano SIM

It comes with support for Nano-SIM only and is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards that were used by earlier models like iPhone 4S or iPhone 4. Unless your ISP provides you with a nano SIM, you can not use this device with your existing SIM or micro SIM even if it worked with your iPhone 4S.

1.2 MP Facetime Camera with 720p HD video capability

iPhone 4S comes with a VGA resolution Camera, whereas iPhone 5 comes with 1.2 MP Facetime Camera with 720p HD video capability.

Take still photos while recording video

It also comes with the capability to take still photos even while recording videos on your phone.

LTE Support

It comes with LTE support letting you browse the web, stream content, or download a movie at blazing-fast speeds, though  LTE is available through only through select carriers. You must check your Carrier if they provide LTE or not.

Apple EarPods

It comes with newly designed EarPods  with Remote and Mic are designed to rest comfortably inside — and stay inside in a variety of ear types. Apple claims that the audio quality is so superior that they rival high-end expensive headphones.

Some users who have used it are very impressed with it. I am quoting one of them from the Apple store page.

These little suckers are on par with my Bose $130 headphones (MIE2i). They are a HUGE leap forward from the prior Apple Ear Buds. There are immensely comfortable, and even the buttons on the chord have a better feel (more satisfying click) than the prior Ear Buds. As for sound, they produce a great, rich, range; with much improved bass.

Lightning connector

It comes with a 8 pin reversible lightning connector instead of the big 30 pin connector.

iPhone 5 Official Specs

Size and Weight
Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
Cellular and WirelessGSM 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)
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
LocationAssisted GPS and GLONASS
Digital compass
Wi-Fi
Cellular
DisplayRetina display
4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Camera, Photos & Videos8-megapixel iSight camera
Panorama
Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
Autofocus
Tap to focus video or still images
Face detection in video or still images
LED flash
Improved video stabilization
Photo and video geotagging
Power and BatteryBuilt-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 225 hours
Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
Audio PlaybackAudio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit
TV and VideoAirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
SensorsThree-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

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