hone 5 comes completely redesigned, with the most prominent difference being the increase in screen size. It is now a four-inch screen that enables a fifth row of apps, but the iPhone 5 is still 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than before.
The new sapphire lens cover is also thinner and more durable. The back cover sports a two tone finish, which hasn’t been used by Apple since the first iPhone was released. The camera also features an eight megapixel lens. The camera has a panoramic shot option that enables users to take successive photos by moving the camera across the subject area.
There are more improvements present than the ones visible on the outside. The iPhone 5 runs the brand new iOS 6.0. The company will also be introducing a new chip called the A6, which can do the work of two separate chips in one ultra thin chip. It is twice as fast as the chip in previous iPhones, and it even increases battery life.
FaceTime is now in high definition and can be used over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. This is made possible by the wireless speeds that are now available through a Long Term Evolution (LTE) connection. With this LTE connection, the new iPhone is capable of reaching wireless speeds that would rival a home Internet connection.
The iOS 6.0 includes updates to previous apps like Maps, which allows an all-new “fly over” view and turn-by-turn spoken directions. Siri has been upgraded for the new platform, providing a more user-friendly interface and even can help users reserve a hotel room.
Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design, said, “We believe that going to such extreme lengths is the only way that we can deliver this level of quality.”