Apple announces the iPhone 5

With the iPhone 5, Apple pushes the envelope once again with its smartphone design and execution. Jack Wallen highlights the iPhone 5's main features.

We are yet again graced with the wonder that regularly comes out of Cupertino, and today's big announcement from Apple about the iPhone 5 didn't disappoint.

Photo: James Martin/CNET

iPhone 5

Are you ready for more power, a better screen, a better cloud service, and a higher resolution camera? Apple is fairly certain you are and, with the iPhone 5, that's exactly what you'll get. The main features of the latest, greatest update to the iPhone include:

  • iOS 6
  • iMessage (an easy to use chat service for communicating with iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch)
  • iCloud
  • A6 processor (2x faster than A5)
  • Camera: 8 megapixel sensor, 3264x2448 resolution w/backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f2.4 aperture. 25 percent smaller, dynamic low-light mode, face detection for up to 10 people
  • New, 4", 640x1136-pixel-resolution screen, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 4G/LTE Support
  • Scratch-proof, shatter-proof screen
  • New 8-pin, digital connector (adapter will be needed for older accessories)
  • 18% thinner than iPhone 4
  • 5th row of icons to home screen
  • Full five-day week view in calendar
  • 44% more color saturation than iPhone 4
  • Touch sensors built into the display
  • Battery: 8 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing
  • 3 microphones
  • Noise-canceling earpiece
  • Safari full-screen mode
  • Siri is now aware of sports scores

The important dates for the iPhone 5 are:

  • Preorder Sept. 14
  • Shipping Sept. 21

Where do you stand?

Are the new features and power of the iPhone 5 enticing enough to have you saying goodbye to your trusty iPhone 4 or Android smartphone? Do you think Apple will continue its reign over the smartphone industry? And will the iPhone 5 crush the competition as Apple predicts? Let us know in the discussion.

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There are a few fascinating points with time in the following paragraphs but I do not know if I see every one of them center to heart. There may be some validity but I’m going to take hold opinion until I look into it further. Great write-up , thanks and that we want much more! Added to FeedBurner likewise


Nothing special. "Scratch-proof, shatter-proof screen" - Is this a guarantee? Give me one and I'll drop it off a 40 storey building. If it doesn't crack it will scratch. With the same width as the 4S but a bigger screen, I do expect there will be screen problems. Good luck on getting those battery times. THey are always tweaked. Expect maybe 75% of adfvertised.


Can't believe we still don't have Adobe Flash support.


I didn't see anytime during the annoucement that it was going to have "Flash Support." Can you clairify this statement? or are you talking about camera "flash support"?


Still has a smaller screen than my Samsung Galaxy S II. The adapter should be included for free instead of costing $30 but that is typical of Apple. They always charge a lot for anything you need to make it work. I am sure Samsung will be filing the lawsuit they threatened if it included LTE support. Can't wait. If T-Mobile ever gets the iPhone I may check it out but until then who cares.


"Siri is now aware of sports scores" Google Now was feeding me NFL results Monday morning. Honestly, I'm tiring of the tit-for-tat of what does what, but it's when Apple's making statements about how no one's done __ before when there's always evidence to the contrary, let alone serving lawsuits over questionably patented features, it's just too tempting to throw out "oh yeah?" responses.


Anyone else think it looks a bit like the samsung galaxy s3? :D


That's kind of funny.


The camera looks amazing despite the original faked shots. TheVerge got some hands on time with the camera and it looks really good. With regards to the iPhone 5, I'm sure it'll sell well. There's a large existing user base that will upgrade even if it doesn't appear to be 'earth shattering' enough to grab huge chunks of additional market share.

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