Design: It is an all glass front and an aluminum back casing that comes in white and black. The iPhone 5 is just 7.6 mm thin and is lighter than the iPhone 4S. From photographs and early reactions, it looks stunning. Apple claims it is nothing like what they have ever designed before and it shows.
Display: It sports a bigger 4-inch display with a 1136×640 pixel resolution giving it a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. It is now a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is the first time Apple has implemented on any iOS device. All of the core iOS apps have been modified to make use of the extra pixels and the home screen will have one extra row of icons. Apps that haven’t been updated will be letterboxed. And yeah, the display does use “in-cell” technology that is thinner and gives much better clarity.
Processor: The iPhone 5 has a new A6 chipset rather than the A5X it used in the new iPad. Apple claims its CPU and GPU are twice as fast as the iPhone 4S, which leads us to believe that either Apple is using a quad-core processor or something similar to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 stuff.
Connectivity: The iPhone 5 will indeed have LTE connectivity but won’t be compatible with 4G LTE networks that are coming up in India. It also does HSPA+ and dual carrier HSDPA. Apple has also added dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n.
Battery: Apple claims the battery not only matches that of the iPhone 4S but exceeds it, which would be a great feat considering the bigger display, faster processor and LTE connectivity. However, getting more real estate would have helped with accommodating a bigger battery. Apple is claiming the iPhone 5 can do 8 hours of talking or web browsing over 3G, 10 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi, 10 hours of videos, 40 hours of music or 225 hours of standby.
Camera: The camera remains at 8-megapixel but Apple has added some more bells and whistles. It has backside illumination, a f/2.4 aperture, sapphire crystal and a dynamic low light mode. Apple has also added a panorama mode, the ability to click photographs while recording video and some cool editing features. It remains to be seen how it compares to the Nokia Lumia 920, which we tend to believe has a better camera.
Connector: As expected Apple has introduced a new 8-pin connector it calls Lightning as leaked earlier in the day.
In a nutshell, Apple has taken the iPhone 4S and made it look prettier and at the same time faster, stronger and better. It will be available in the US and eight other countries on September 21, followed by a few more countries on September 28. Apple will be launching it in 100 countries by the end of this year. We are expecting an India launch close to Diwali.