Apple says iPhone 5: Thinner, bigger, faster

Apple on Wednesday in San Francisco, as expected, introduced the iPhone 5 (also see the Mac and i live ticker). The new iPhone has. A bigger display than the standard since 2007 3.5-inch flat panel, which the manufacturer responded to the trend towards larger smartphones The new 4-inch screen grows only in one direction: It maintains the usual width of 640 pixels and stretches on into 1136 pixels. In order for the iPhone screen now has an aspect ratio of 16:9 instead of 3:2 - a first for an iOS device. The remains at 326 ppi pixel density and thus corresponds to the Retina display of iPhone 4 and 4S.

By the extra space on the iPhone 5 brings the homescreen now under a series icons more. Apple's own apps already adapted to the new aspect ratio, it shows the Calendar app in landscape mode instead of five in three days. Apps from other manufacturers are edged with black bars to the development engineers to those for the larger display - it should be possible to implement relatively easily, according to Apple.

The new screen utilizes the Apple called in-cell technique, in which you can do without the additional touch-sensitive layer - this allows a thinner panel and according to Apple, a higher color saturation, sharper and less reflection in sunlight.

The iPhone 5 is only 7.6 mm thick. With a weight of 112 grams, it is also 20 percent lighter than the previous model 4S. The battery life of the iPhone 5, Apple has increased slightly by his own account - it has now reportedly up to 225 hours of standby time and about 10 hours of surfing on the wireless or up to 8 hours in the LTE network.

For the first time the iPhone only supports GSM and UMTS LTE also. Unlike in March presented the third-generation iPad, the iPhone 5 LTE radios on frequencies that are common outside of North America. However, it remains unclear for the time being, with which German LTE networks the device is compatible. On a slide Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller showed only the German Telekom. At the same time the iPhone 5 comes in the UMTS network according to the manufacturer at a download speed of up to 42.2 Mbit / s - the iPhone 4S was limited to 14.4 Mbit / s. In addition to Bluetooth 4.0, the new iPhone also includes Wi-Fi connectivity, the first time in the 5-GHz band.

Inside Apple is a new A6 chip which is supposedly faster to two things - the iPhone 5 will open the Pages app, according to Apple in half the time. Moreover, according to Apple, the A6 offers twice the graphics performance of the A5.

The front of the iPhone 5 is similar to that of its predecessor. Unlike Apple's iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 but omitted from the housing to the frame independent and prone to damage glass back. Instead, there are back and sides of the iPhone 5 from billet aluminum.

At the resolution of the iPhone camera, Apple has not changed, and the aperture of f / 2.4 remains the same. However, the chip was improved and should now handle low light better and take pictures faster. As a new software feature, there is a panorama mode for photos up to 28 megapixels and the films can also make frames. Mainly intended for FaceTime video calling camera on the front page now features a resolution of 720p.

iPhone owners have to adjust to another change: The headphone jack goes from the top panel to the bottom - as previously was the case with the iPod touch. An iPhone with infected headphones, you must enter in on the way in the pocket or after removing them not only turn around. There will be new standard headphones feature called "EarPods" and that should have a higher durability and better audio quality.

Completely new is in this generation iPhone and the dock connector, Apple now calls the "Lightning". Instead of the constant over the years, 30-pin connector is now a much smaller connector for use. Practical: The user no longer needs to the top of the charging cable labeled search, but this can plug in both ends. Known audio manufacturers are already working on compatible speakers and docking systems, Apple itself wants to offer an adapter ("Lightning-to-30-pin").

On price changes over the previous few: In the United States costs the iPhone 5 unchanged depending on memory size - 16, 32 and 64 GB are still available - just under 200, 300 or $ 400 when signing a two-year contract. The launch takes place in Germany on 21 September, is a pre-order starting next Friday, 14.09. possible. Austria and Switzerland followed on 28 September. To iPhone contract prices with a German mobile operators are currently no information.

Apple offers the iPhone 5 worldwide in three versions for different LTE networks. The thought for the European market model transmits according to the website in the frequencies of 850, 1800 and 2100 MHz - in Germany, Apple leads accordingly only the LTE network of Telekom to be compatible. The iPhone 5 as expected requires a new nano-SIM card.

 The Apple Store now known as the base price for a contract-free iPhone the price of 679 Euro - this probably refers to the model with 16 GB of memory and would be around 50 euros more than the price of the iPhone 4S. To the 32 - and 64-gigabyte iPhone-5 are currently no prices marked in euros. The iPhone 4S with 16 GB now costs 579 instead of 629 euros, the contract-free iPhone 4 with 8 GB in turn decreases of 519 to 399 euros. The Apple Store offers the iPhone 3GS in this country any more.

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