Rating: Biggest difference is Thunderbolt data connector
Finally, the California-based device manufacturer, Apple, has lived up to expectations and called today’s [September 12th 2012's] very latest version of its cellular handset the iPhone 5. Whilst the good news is that Apple has officially decided to call device the iPhone 5, that hasn’t prevented its hardware from getting out of sync with its mobile OS numerology – which has now reached iOS version 6. Similarly, the new – supposedly twice as fast processor – inside the 5 is called the A6. Probably the biggest change is that Apple has changed the data interface which should bring a mixture of joy and pain to peripheral manufacturers. Firstly, they should be able to sell adapters and secondly none of their existing products will fit the iPhone 5.It appears the iPhone 5 has adopted Apple’s predilection for the Thunderbolt 8-pin interface which has already appeared on several Macintosh devices. Thunderbolt is co-developed by Apple and Intel.
What’s so good about the iPhone 5, then? Well, Apple appears to have concentrated on making it smaller and lighter.
That’s 7.6mm thick, 18 per cent thinner than before and 20 per cent lighter (112 grams). GoMobile News is unsure whether this is enough to convince all existing users to upgrade.
So. If you have a Thunderbolt connector what do you call the device into which you plug it?
Lightning, of course, and that appears to be the new name for the iPhone 5′s docking station.
In terms of specifications, the iPhone 5 naturally has to be superior from its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.
So we’re talking 8 hours of talk time or browsing with 3G or LTE compared to 10 hours on Wi-fi.
The improved camera is definitely all smoke and mirrors because Apple is saying this device has an 8-megapixel sensor but that provides a 28 megapixel resulting image. Hmm.
Screen size seems to have got stuck at 4 inches, though. We wonder if this is to ensure backwards (software) compatibility?
In terms of cellular standards support the device offers GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and LTE. HSPA+ is 21 Mbit/s, DC-HSDPA is 42 Mbit/s, and LTE is a maximum of 100 Mbit/s. No claimed initial speed for LTE, then?
In Europe, Apple seems to have picked Deutsche Telekom as its initial partner – which in the UK means the newly reamed EE. But GoMobile news readers knew that already.
What the company has also revealed is that the following handsets : – iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod Touch – are getting the latest iOS 6 and this should make an appearance by September 19th (so a week’s time, then).
Presently, there seems to be no announced availability for the iPhone 5 but the speculation that the shipping date might be October 1st . We’ll see.
We’ve checked for ourselves and if you go here you will get all the latest Apple blurb on the iPhone 5 to see if we misheard anything!