iPhone 5 – Just the Facts

iPhone 5

iPhone 5

Apple still thinks you’re too stupid to change the battery in an iPhone. But, other than that, judging only by specifications – not the actual performance of the iDevice – the iPhone 5 looks like a winner. Apple says the battery life will be longer for the iPhone 5 than for the iPhone 4S. The stats on apple.com are just wishful thinking for normal usage. We won’t know anything about battery life until we start using it in the real world.

It’s a little thinner (7.6mm), a little lighter (112 grams) and has a bigger, better display (1136×640 326 ppi) than the iPhone 4S.

It is 4G LTE compatible – this is a big deal; it means your phone could work on 4G LTE systems globally (should carriers allow). It also has dual-channel ultra-fast WiFi capability. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry about it — it just means that under some circumstances, you can get some excellent broadband connectivity over WiFi.

It has a faster computer inside. The A6 chip is about 2 times faster than the processor in an iPhone 4S.

It will run iOS 6 – which has some nice features.

The cameras are better. 8 megapixels facing out that can shoot 1080p HD video. It has a 720p camera facing you for awesome Facetime fun.

New connectors – all your old docks are not usable. There will be an adaptor – it will create an aesthetically offensive experience and all kinds of issues for people who have built-in iPhone stuff. There’s a lesson there – I won’t belabor the point.

Preorder on September 14th, pick-up on September 21. Know that if you don’t order immediately you will wait – this phone will sell out immediately.

The prices are $199, $299 and $399 depending upon how much storage you want. No, there’s no slot for additional storage, so get ready to pony-up $399.

Author:

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).

  • Jon R

    It’s planned obsolescence, not that we’re too stupid to change batteries. Between a slightly taller screen that mocks 16:9 aspect ratio, idiotic claims that battery life for 3G will be the same as 4G, a change to the power port made only out of a grab for more peripheral sales (if size was an issue, they could use a few more common ports) and upgrades that make the phone on par with other handsets from last year, I don’t know how you can call this a winner for $399.

  • Wes

    I have a 3GS having bought it the first day they were available it is on its last legs. The obsolescence is its performance not the battery life. Of course the battery has degraded. That said show me one device in our technology centric world that is not old within 6 months.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dean-Collins/674616722 Dean Collins

    Shelly….no comment about the still missing SD card slot?

    • Shelly Palmer

      Dean, is it missing — it was never there. According to Apple we’re too stupid to change our batteries and absolutely too dumb to mess with a removable storage device.

  • annemarie

    Hi, I have a 4 with 64 GB. Installing IOS 6 will reduce the response time of my iPhone 4? should I go for version 6 or still working with the actual version???

    • Shelly Palmer

      Annmarie – it’s too early to tell. Wait a week or so before installing IOS 6 and see how other people with iPhone 4s like the upgrade.

  • Davelave

    I try not to listen to blogs that starts off with. “Apple thinks that…” It says more about the writer then anything else. Internal battery is a main reason that the iPhone can have the solid feel and style that iPhone users have come to expect. Light, but solid. The 5 feels completly different but yet familiar to the user. That’s why there are no lines at a droid launch. More so than any other reason, It’s feel and style that makes iPhone… iPhone. Not a cheap feeling, plastic, hollow devise Like the Galaxy. Buy a charger…