iPhone 5 - Everything You Need to Know

Apple on Monday said iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in 24 hours. This is more than double the amount of preorders they had for the iPhone 4S. The company said that because demand exceeds initial supply, some pre-orders will be delivered in October although most will be delivered this Friday (USA Only).

Phones ordered online today will ship in two to three weeks, according to Apple's website. And analysts say phones available at retail, starting at 8 a.m. Friday, will probably be sold out by Sunday. Already, there is a small group of people lining up outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan in anticipation of being one of the first to snag a phone when it goes on sale at retailers.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization; and even more Siri features and languages and (by far the coolest part) the graphics will be console quality. The new iOS 6 (also being released this week) has been reviewed by us previously, make sure you check it out! On September 12, 2012—Apple announced iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever (seriously), completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology, all while delivering even better battery life. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said 

“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created, We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”

The new iPhone is 18% thinner (0.30 inch vs. 0.37 inch thick) than the iPhone 4S. That means it's also 20 percent lighter for a total of 3.95 ounces. The Retina Display expands from 3.5 inches (its size since the original iPhone) to 4 inches. The total resolution remains the same, though, at 326 pixels per inch. The total pixel count is 1,136x640, and it'll also now sport a 16:9 aspect ratio.

The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S, making the already incredible Retina display even better. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content including amazing apps optimized for the larger Retina display, widescreen HD video, a full five days of your Calendar and more of every web page.

To the user, that means a fifth row of icons on the home screen. That's pretty nice since it will let you cut down on the number of home screens. You'll also get a full five-day week view in the calendar, the calendar will show more events, and all iWork apps will take advantage of the bigger display. Third-party apps that haven't been updated will continue to work, but you'll see black borders on each side (so they won't be stretched or scaled). Apple also promises that wide-screen movies will look better, with 44 percent more color saturation than on the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content even faster. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.

EA’s Rob Murray got a few minutes in the spotlight and praised the “full console quality” graphics during a live demo of Real Racing 3. We heard Apple’s Phil Schiller proclaim that the A6 chip has twice the processing and graphics horsepower as the A5. Considering that the A5X chip present in the New 2012 iPad delivers 4x the graphics performance of NVidia’s Tegra 3 (according to Apple).

The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the incredible new features in iPhone 5, including the stunning new 4-inch Retina display, all while delivering even better battery life. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance, almost everything you do on iPhone 5 is blazing fast for launching apps, loading web pages and downloading email attachments.

The A6 is said to use a 1 GHz custom Apple-designed ARMv7 based dual core CPU, rather than standard cores like in previous designs, and an integrated GPU with the same performance as the previous Apple A5X processor found in the third generation (The New) iPad. Information is scarce but the new tweaked instruction set, ARMv7s, with support for the SIMD VFPv4 extensions suggesting it features some elements of the ARM Cortex-A15 core. The chip is 22% smaller than the A5 and consumes less power.

The 8 megapixel "iSight" (pun fully intended) camera is the most popular camera in the world and with iPhone 5, it’s even better. The new camera is completely redesigned with incredible optical performance, yet amazingly it’s 25% smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images. The new panorama feature lets you capture jaw-dropping panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. A new FaceTime HD front facing camera makes FaceTime calls incredibly clear and can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video. iPhone 5 also allows you to share photos with friends and family using iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams through the new iOS 6.

iPhone 5 features the new Lightning connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the previous connector. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it’s reversible so you can instantly connect to your accessories. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.

iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. Wideband audio will be supported by over 20 carriers worldwide at launch. iPhone 5 comes with the new Apple EarPods™ featuring a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability, and an incredible acoustic quality typically reserved for higher-end earphones.

So far the reactions have been a little mixed so we would love to hear what you think about the new iOS and iPhone! Let us know below! You can see the whole thing live at the September special event below, enjoy!