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There has al­ways been some­thing spe­cial about the iPhone. While the ba­sics still re­mains the same, the iPhone 5 has got it­self more pow­er­ful in­nards, gained some height and shed some weight.

DE­SIGN: The iPhone 5 is 18 per cent thin­ner and 20 per cent lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor. It is 7.6mm thin, ap­prox­i­mately 1.7mm sleeker than the iPhone 4S. Liv­ing up to the com­pe­ti­tion of hav­ing big­ger, bet­ter dis­plays, the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch dis­play, achieved by mak­ing the screen longer. Ap­ple did not want to in­crease the width be­yond 58.6mm as that would have made it harder to use with a sin­gle hand. The 4-inch screen means more real es­tate, enough to cre­ate space for an­other row of icons. How­ever, the new, thin­ner dis­play is bright and of­fers more clar­ity. The phone has also got an alu­minum back.

LIGHT­NING CON­NEC­TOR: In the ef­fort to make the iPhone thin­ner, Ap­ple has re­placed its pro­pri­etary 30-pin con­nec­tor with the new eight-pin dig­i­tal con­nec­tor. This new con­nec­tor is ad­vanced and re­versible, which means the ca­ble can be plugged in from any side. To make the new iPhone com­pat­i­ble with the ex­ist­ing ac­ces­sories, Ap­ple has also launched a spe­cial adapter.

PRO­CES­SOR: Re­plac­ing the dual-core A4 pro­ces­sor on the iPhone 4S is the A6 pro­ces­sor. Ap­ple hasn’t shared much de­tails about the A6 chip, but it claims the iPhone 5 will be 2x faster and will of­fer 2x graph­ics per­for­mance over its pre­de­ces­sor. The iPhone 5 comes pre­pared for graphic-heavy games and for ex­tra power needs.

CAM­ERA: The 8MP iSight cam­era of the iPhone 4S was just fan­tas­tic. In­stead of in­creas­ing the megapixel count, Ap­ple claims to have en­hanced the cam­era it­self. It cap­tures pho­tos 40 per cent faster than its pre­de­ces­sor and has bet­ter low-light per­for­mance and im­proved noise re­duc­tion. It also sup­ports Panorama that al­lows user to shoot up to 240 de­grees in a sin­gle mo­tion. For cap­tur­ing 1080p videos, video sta­bil­i­sa­tion has been en­hanced. Lastly, users will be now able to click im­ages even as they are cap­tur­ing videos.

NANO-SIM: Un­like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the new iPhone does not sup­port a mi­croSIM card. Ap­ple has stepped ahead to in­clude a new tech­nol­ogy by us­ing a nano-SIM slot. This new SIM card is not only small but is 15 per cent thin­ner than the reg­u­lar SIM cards.

LTE: Like the new iPad, the iPhone 5 sup­ports LTE wire­less tech­nol­ogy. But it won’t be com­pat­i­ble with 4G LTE net­works that are com­ing up in In­dia.

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