Yesterday at Apple’s iPhone 5 Event the company finally lifted the lid on its new smartphone. The device is officially called the iPhone 5 (despite being the 6th iPhone from the Cupertino company). The device looks just like the previously leaked image, with a slightly taller screen. Apple is referring to the device as “the most beautiful product we’ve ever made.”
The iPhone 5 is made entirely of glass and aluminum and is the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet – it’s 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. Apple is calling it “The world’s thinnest smartphone.”
Like the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 features a super high-res “Retina Display” screen with 326 pixels per inch. But the new screen is slightly larger – 4 inches total with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The total screen resolution is an impressive 1136 x 640. It’s essentially a taller and more rectangular iPhone 4S.
“This new screen size lets us add a 5th row of app icons. You’ll see more of your email in Mail, too.”
All of Apple’s internal software has been updated to take advantage of the new screen size including Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. App Store apps that haven’t been updated display at their same old size with black bars on either side of the screen. Many third party app makers have iPhone 5-ready versions of their apps already prepped. Apple demoed CNN and OpenTable as examples.
The new display has had some changes made to it under-the-hood as well. The touch sensors are now “integrated into the display itself,” removing one layer to make touch input sharper and more responsive.
Apple also announced that the iPhone 5 will feature “ultrafast” wireless. It features HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and the long-awaited & long-rumored LTE support. In the United States Apple has LTE support with Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. The company also announced dozens of worldwide carrier partners.
The iPhone 5’s WiFi protocol has also been updated & now features 2.4ghz & 5ghz on 802.11n.
Internally, the iPhone 5 is now sporting a brand-new A6 CPU. Apple promised 2X CPU and 2X graphics performance from the small chip. And it is small – 22% smaller than the A5.
To help show off the new power of the device, the company invited Rob Smith from EA’s FireMonkey Studios onto the stage. The company demoed its incredible-looking racer Real Racing 3, featuring rearview mirrors and a variety of other graphically-intense processes.