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.