The iPhone 5 is Apple’s latest and most advanced smartphone. Buying an iPhone 5 is a complex process compared to its predecessors since its the first phone to run on 4G LTE Networks. You’ll find everything you need to know before buying the iPhone 5, extended warranties and services on this page and the linked articles.
Apple’s iPhone 5 is now available for pre-order from Apple, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. The iPhone 5 will be available at retail stores beginning Septeber 21.
iPhone 5 Basics
Below is a quick cheat sheet to the iPhone 5. You can read the sections below this one if you want more details on each subject.
iPhone 5 Introduction Video
iPhone 5 Design: The iPhone 5 is slightly taller than its predecessors. It’s the thinnest smartphone available and a tad lighter than the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 has an aluminum back rather than glass and features a larger display that is better-suited for watching video.
Important Features: The most compelling new feature on the iPhone 5 is 4G LTE, wireless technology that is several times faster than 3G and slower 4G standards. The new 4″ Retina Display is a little bigger than what iPhone users are used to and produces better colors.
iPhone 5 Carriers: Apple’s new iPhone is initially available on AT&T’s, Sprint’s and Verizon’s networks in the United States. Pre-paid carrier Cricket will begin selling the iPhone 5 on September 28. Cellcom, C Spire Wireless, Appalachian Wireless, nTelos Wireless, General Communications. and Matanuska Telephone Associations, small carriers that cover rural areas, will also sell the iPhone 5 starting September 28.
iPhone 5 Models: Apple will sell two distinct iPhone 5 models. One will work on AT&T and other GSM carriers and the other will operate on CDMA networks, including Sprint and Verizon. There is also an unlocked version of the GSM iPhone 5, which will have a higher price tag. Each of these models will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. The iPhone 5 is available in two-tone white and black variations.
iPhone 5 Prices: Apple and its partners are selling the iPhone 5 for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB) to people signing up for new two-year wireless contracts and to those eligible for subsidized upgrades from their existing carriers. Those who are not yet eligible for full upgrade pricing will need to pay $250 to $350 more than these advertised prices.
iPhone 5 Design:
As expected, Apple The iPhone 5 borrows heavily from its predecessors’ design, but there are some key differences that make the iPhone 5 more attractive than the iPhone 4S.
The first thing users will notice is that the iPhone 5 has a larger display. Measuring 4″ diagonally, the display is the same width as previous iPhones, but it is now taller. This equates to a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is exactly the same ratio as HD video, including feature films. The taller display also allows users to view more text and graphics on Web sites and apps without scrolling. Developers will surely adapt their apps to take advantage of the extra screen real estate.
The iPhone 5 has a metal band around its edges, which are now color-keyed. The previous iPhone had a bare metallic finish around its edges.
The iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet. It measures just 7.6mm thick and weighs 3.95oz (112 grams). The iPhone 5 measures 4.87″ tall and 2.31″ wide. Despite it’s taller stature, the iPhone 5 should be easier to hold and operate with a single hand than previous models. The relatively narrow profile will make it easier to use one-handed than competitive phones that are both taller and wider.
Apple will release iOS 6a two days before the iPhone 5 release date.
OS 6 delivers a large number of new features to the iPhone including better Siri support, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, a secret feature and much more. The iOS 6 hands on video below takes you through the best iOS 6 features.
iPhone 5 Articles
The iPhone 5 is the newest smartphone available from Apple. Some of the major features include 4G LTE, a thinner and lighter design, plus an all new cable design. Read more about the new iPhone in the post above.
The iPhone 5 is also improved with its wifi capabilities. The new internal antenna features 2.4ghz and 5ghz 802.11n and up to 150mbps speeds.
The new iPhone 5 will be available from the following carriers in the US; Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. There are also listed carriers of the new device for Global users.
The new iPhone has a new dock connector called Lightning. This new connector is smaller than the traditional 30 pin dock connector and with an adapter will work with older cables.
With the announcement of a new iPhone also comes new software. iOS 6 will be available to consumers on September 19th.
With a new iPhone in the family Apple has officially dropped support for the 3GS. Also other prices on the iPhone 4 and 4S have been reduced.