Apple iPhone 5 – Officially Unveiled

By - September 12th, 2012

In a move to set itself apart from the typical Apple product presentations, CEO Tim Cook went to the “juicy” portion almost right off the bat this morning at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. After Cook’s brief opening speech, Phil Schiller got on stage in no time and unveiled the new Apple iPhone 5.

Quite surprisingly, almost all the rumors and leaks were true. Quipped with the new A6 dual-core processor, the iPhone 5 registered twice as fast as the current iPhone 4. Now, “taller” and thinner, its 1,136 x 640 4-inch Retina Display produces an even better resolution with 40% more color saturation. Battery life is better too, at 225 standby hours and 8 operational hours even when browsing with LTE connectivity. Oh, and officially, the iPhone 5 will have 4G connectivity as well as 2.4ghZ and 5gHz 802.11n WiFi connection. In an effort to “bring the world to you”, Apple re-designed the iSight camera. Still with a f/2.4 aperture five-lens element 8 megapixel CMOS image sensor but now with a sapphire crystal construct, the iSight is able to capture Panorama size images too. The front facing FaceTime camera also got an update, now record in 720p HD video.

The most talked about upgrade, however, was the “Lightning” 9-pin dock connector. A replacement to the 30-pin connector, an ubiquitous design on iOS devices since 10 years ago, the 9-pin Lightning is all-digital and capable of handling eight-signal. Plus, its reversible so no need to worry about plugging it the wrong way.

At 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and twice as fast than its predecessor, the fastest, lightest, thinnest iPhone yet will cost the same as the iPhone 4, with price $199 for 16GB model, $299 for 32GB, and finally $399 for 64GB. Available in black or white, all will be ready for pre-order this coming Friday, September 14th. Orders begin to ship next Friday, September 21st.

Pre-Order Date: September 14th, 2012 (Friday)
Delivery Date: September 21st, 2012 (Friday)

Cellular + Wireless

  • GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
  • CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
  • GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Power + Battery

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours


  • 16GB or 32GB flash drive


  • Retina display
  • 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Camera + Photos + Video

  • 8-megapixel iSight camera
  • Panorama
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Face detection in video or still images
  • LED flash
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Photo and video geotagging

Audio Playback

  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV + Video

  • AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
  • AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Location Sensors

  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular


  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

In The Box

  • iPhone 5
  • New Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation