Apple officially announces iPhone 5

That’s right, after a tense couple of weeks in the lead up to today’s surprise announcement, the news of the brand new iPhone has finally been confirmed…

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took to the stage just a little while ago to start proceedings, before inviting Apple’s marketing exec Phil Schiller to the stage to unveil iPhone 5.

The new phone (see images above) is said to be 20% lighter (in weight) than it’s predecessor, made entirely of glass and aluminium, and equipped with a larger 4-inch screen.

Other updated features on the new iPhone include; 2x faster graphics, a new “iSight” camera (which offers a new mode that allows for panoramic 360° photos), Ultrafast Wireless and a new — and much more compact — dock connector, as well as FaceTime being made available on the move.

The iPhone 5 is also the first Apple smartphone to have 4G-LTE network connectivity, which allows for speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G, roughly the same speed as the average home broadband connection – impressive, eh?

In addition to the iPhone unveiling, Apple announced two new exciting updates to the iPod, which will go on sale in October. The new 5th generation iPod touch was modeled after the iPhone 5, with a four-inch screen, a faster processor and a thinner, lighter design. The device will also feature Siri and come available in a range of different colours.

The iPod nano got an even more radical redesign. The tiny music player is now 38% thinner than its precessor, and it comes with a larger, 2.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, widescreen video playback, and some added controls on the side of the device.

And if that wasn’t enough, Apple also showcased iTunes 11 and their new “EarPod” headphones.

The iPhone 5 will be made available for pre-order from this Friday onwards.


Posted by Ash Houghton