Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS iPhone 5 Hardware and Software Features Share Pin Email Print Apple Inc. iPhone & iOS Switching from Android By Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated November 27, 2019 Introduced: Sept. 12, 2012Discontinued: Sept. 10, 2013 The iPhone 5 is an example of Apple's pattern of using iPhones with full model numbers to introduce major new features. For instance, the iPhone 4 and 4S both use essentially the same design, while it's immediately clear that the iPhone 5 is different from those models. The most obvious change is that its screen is larger — 4-inches as opposed to the 3.5-inch display used on the 4S — and thus the phone is taller. But it's more than just a larger screen that sets the iPhone 5 apart from its predecessors. There are a number of under-the-hood improvements that make it a notable upgrade. The iPhone 5 was the first 4G iPhone. Find out why that wasn't the iPhone 4 or 4S here. iPhone 5 Hardware Features Some of the most significant new hardware features introduced with the iPhone 5 are: A 4-inch Retina Display screen with a 1136 x 640 pixel resolution. All previous iPhones had 3.5-inch screens. Like earlier Retina Displays, this screen packs in 326 pixels per inch.The Apple A6 processor. The iPhone 5 is the first Apple device that uses this processor, which the company claimed offers twice the performance of the A5 chip in the iPhone 4S.4G LTE networking support and support for DC-HSDPA networks.Dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi (support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks).Support for panoramic photos.Lightning connector. This smaller, reversible connector uses just 9 pins as opposed to the earlier 30-pin Dock Connector, allowing for a thinner phone. Many other key elements of the phone are the same as on the iPhone 4S, including FaceTime support, A-GPS, Bluetooth, audio and video features, and more. For an in-depth look at the iPhone 5's buttons, ports, and features, check out Hardware Features of the iPhone 5. iPhone 5 Cameras Like previous models, the iPhone 5 has two cameras, one on its back and the other facing the user for FaceTime video calls. Like its predecessor, the back camera on the iPhone 5 takes 8-megapixel photos and has the ability to record in 1080p HD. Despite those similarities, a number of things are different. Thanks to new hardware — including a sapphire lens and the A6 processor — Apple claims that photos taken with this camera are more faithful to true colors, are captured up to 40% faster, and are better in low-light situations. It also adds support for panoramic photos of up to 28 megapixels, created via software. The user-facing FaceTime camera is also substantially upgraded. It now offers 720p HD video and 1.2-megapixel photos. iPhone 5 Software Features Significant software additions to the iPhone 5, which arrived thanks to the pre-installed iOS 6, include: Passbook (now called Wallet).Apple-created Maps app, which includes turn-by-turn GPS navigation.Improved Siri features.Do Not Disturb.FaceTime over cellular networks, where available.Facebook integration. iPhone 5 Capacity and Price 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB With two-year contract US$199 $299 $399 Without two-year contract $449 $549 $649 iPhone 5 Battery Life all times in hours Talk Internet Audio Video iPhone 5 8 (3G) 8 (4G LTE)8 (3G)10 (Wi-Fi) 40 10 iPhone 5 Earbuds The iPhone 5 ships with Apple's EarPods earbuds, which are new with the Apple devices released in fall 2012. EarPods are designed to fit more securely in the user's ear and provide better sound quality, according to Apple. U.S. Carriers AT&TSprintT-Mobile (not at launch, but T-Mobile subsequently added support for the iPhone)Verizon Colors BlackWhite iPhone 5 Size and Weight Dimensions in inches; weight in ounces Height Width Thickness Weight iPhone 5 4.87 2.31 0.30 3.95 Availability The iPhone was released on Sept. 21, 2012, in U.S., Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It debuted on Sept 28, 2012, in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The phone was available in 100 countries by December 2012. Fate of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 In keeping with the pattern established with the iPhone 4S, the introduction of the iPhone 5 didn't mean that all earlier models were discontinued. 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