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Meet the Thinner and Lighter iPhone 5

Apple's iPhone 5

Source: Apple’s iPhone 5 | Official Website

Apple took the wraps off its new iPhone 5 in a special event in San Francisco yesterday. It is considered as the thinnest smartphone in the market and the lightest model in the history of iPhone. The handset is packed with a taller 4-inch Retina Dispay, Lightning dock connector, and 4G LTE connectivity. It will be available in nine countries starting September 21, with the pre-order period set to take action tomorrow.

Inside iPhone 5

The redesigned iPhone 5 sports a 7.6 mm aluminum “uni-body” chassis, which comes with diamond-cut edges and glass inlays. It is 18 percent thinner and 20 lighter than its predecessor—the iPhone 4S. According to Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller:

[The] iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created. We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultra-fast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.

Because of the mobile phone’s reduced thickness, the company made a reversible and smaller 9-pin dock connector that Apple calls as Lightning. It boasts adaptive operation, which uses the appropriate signal needed for each attached accessory. On the other hand, adapters will be available to make sure that the handset will be compatible with legacy accessories.

One of the latest smartphone’s highlights is its 4-inch, 1136 x 640-pixel Retina Display. Apple decided to make the screen taller instead of wider so that users can still operate it with one hand. Meanwhile, native iOS 6 applications were updated to take advantage of the new and larger display.

During the on-stage demo, Schiller showed how the Calendar presents a full five-day work week. He also shows how the iWork was updated to take advantage of the expanded real estate. Old apps will run on letterboxed mode, with black borders on either side that centers the application.

In addition, the new panel uses an in-cell technology, which integrates the touch sensors into the Retina Display. This enables the screen to be thinner and sharper, while producing minimal sun glare. Schiller added that the new display has 44 percent better color saturation, and it comes with full sRGB rendering.

Pricing and Availability

Just like in previous models, the iPhone will come in black or white variant. It will also come in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, which will cost $199, $299, and $399 on a two-year contract respectively.

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