Apple Officially Announces the iPhone 5: 4-inch Display, A6 Processor, and LTE

It looks as if the rumored name and features have proven to be correct. Almost mirroring the events following the iPhone 4 leak, Apple has announced the next iPhone, and it appears to be almost identical to the much-leaked device. The speculated 4-inch, “18% thinner,” LTE enabled, A6 processor phone has officially been announced.

The first feature of the new iPhone is its beautiful 4-inch screen.

“This is the most accurate display in the industry. The touch sensors are integrated right into the display itself. We removed a layer and made it sharper. This is the world’s most advanced display, and I couldn’t be prouder of it.”

Apple says the display looks better than anything we have seen on an iPhone up to this point, touting a 16:9 aspect ratio for widescreen movie viewing, 44% more color saturation, and integrated touch. All apps that have yet to be updated will run centered on the screen with black borders on the sides. Apple has given some developers early access and claims “all your software works just like before.” Most developers have been using the iOS 6 developer kit for months and should be able to have their apps updated for the new iPhone soon.

“Everything has been enhanced. So what’s next? The Apple A6 chip.”

Not to mention smaller and lighter, the new Apple A6 CPU is the most powerful iPhone processor yet, beating the new iPad’s A5X as well. Apple claims that it will provide twice the GPU and graphics power, as well as give the device the ability to take photos 40% faster and provide better image stabilization. The smaller chip will undoubtedly use less power, contributing to the new iPhone’s better battery life. As a reference, the iPhone 4S provided 200 hours of standby time, while Apple claims the iPhone 5 will squeeze out 225.

The iPhone 5 video on Apple’s website attempts to demonstrate an app downloading over LTE, and if that clip is representative of an average experience, it’s impressive. Unlike the iPhone 4s, there will be separate CDMA and GSM versions of the phone. The first model being the A1428 which will be carried by AT&T, and the second being the A1429 which will be available from Sprint and Verizon. LTE support will be available across all three standard carriers, but make sure to choose wisely when purchasing because you will never be able to use the A1428 on Sprint/Verizon or vice versa.

Overall the phone is an obvious step forward with beautiful aesthetics to complete the package. It will be available September 21st and will be $199, $299, or $399 on contract, based on storage capacity.

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