Following months of rumour and speculation, Apple has officially unveiled the iPhone 5, with the eagerly awaited handset set to feature the heavily rumoured new 4-inch Retina display and A6 processor.
The latest powerhouse of the smartphone scene, Apple has brought the fight to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, with the iPhone 5 specs leading the sector as the iPad manufacturer outs its 4-inch smartphone.
Whilst the handset has slimmed down in size, dropping from the iPhone 4S’ 9.3mm thickness to a new 7.6mm thick form factor, the iPhone 5 features an all new design with the 4-inch Retina display expanding on the iPhone’s former 3.5-inch design with a visually impressive 1136 x 640p image resolution.
Maintaining the same high visual standards as its predecessors, the iPhone 5’s new 16:9 aspect ratio display, paired with and 326 pixels-per-inch image density, make the handset ideal for absorbing high-end video playback on the move.
Set to be made available in both black and white colour forms, the iPhone 5, which is the first device to come pre-installed with the WWDC unveiled iOS 6 operating system, will also feature 4G LTE technology. With Everything Everywhere yesterday rebranding itself as EE, the UK’s first 4G network is lined up to stock Apple’s sixth-generation smartphone.
Featuring a revised 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera, the iPhone 5’s photographic capabilities see the handset’s new iSight snapper boast an f/2.4 aperature with dynamic low light shooting further enhancing image output. With an integrated flash, the iPhone 5 camera will also allow users to capture 1080p Ful HD video content with the new five-element lens. On the front, the device’s second, front-facing snapper has been moved to a more centralised location on the handset’s fore with the FaceTime camera offering 720p HD video recording.
Yet another new feature making its way to Apple’s metal-backed iPhone 5 comes in the form of the handset’s revised dock connector. Doing away with its longstanding 30-pin standard, Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 5 will be the first device to play host to the new, smaller, faster 8-pin Lightning dock connector, a feature that is expected to be included on the next-gen iPad 4 and heavily rumoured iPad mini.
Not one to hang about, Apple has confirmed that as with previous launches, the iPhone 5 release date will be held just days after the handset’s first official public appearance.
The most eagerly awaited tech release in recent memory, the iPhone 5 UK release date has been confirmed for September 21st with iPhone 5 pre-orders set to kick off one week earlier starting this Friday, September 14th.
For those looking to snap up Apple’s next-generation handset from launch, the iPod and iMac manufacturer has yet to confirm UK iPhone 5 prices with US consumers set to be offered the eagerly awaited handset from $199 (£123.53).
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