Apple marketing head Phil Schiller said that the screen is 18% thinner and 20% lighter due to new technology that eliminates a separate touch-sensing layer in the screen. The latest phone is made entirely of glass and aluminium. It has a bigger screen, measuring 4 inches diagonally.
The iPhone 5 will also come with the capability to connect to the fastest new wireless data networks, both in the US and overseas. That’s another feature that was usually expected.
The latest iPhone is getting a new connector to attach to computers and chargers. It had been using the same one from the iPod. Schiller said that the old connector has served well for nearly a decade, but so much has changed.
As also expected, Apple is releasing a latest version of its phone software, iOS 6. It will have new mapping software, as Apple ditches the one from Google it had been using. The latest software will have turn-by-turn voice navigation, a feature Google had limited to Android versions of its mapping app.
iPhone 5 will cost the same as its antecedent, $199, $299 and $399 for 16, 32 and 64 GB versions respectively. For now, Apple has announced iPhone only in two colours that is slate (black) and silver, with aluminium finish, but no white.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 will begin on September 14 and it will hit the shelves in US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore on September 21, followed by 20 other countries on September 28. Apple again did not make any announcement about India launch plans, but iPhone 5 is expected to arrive in India in the first half of November.