Apple iPhone 5 offers video upgrades
Michelle Clancy | 13-09-2012
The new iPhone 5 has launched, with a few bells and whistles that will make online video more attractive.
The iPhone 5, which hits markets 21 September, is faster, lighter and thinner than its predecessors—and, most notably, comes with LTE support and 803.11n--which offers 150mbps throughput. The new connectivity options will make supporting video that much better.
The new 16:9 4-inch panoramic screen has 44% more saturation than the iPhone 4S. It has five-element optics and a 8-megapixel sensor, backside illumination, a hybrid infrared filter and an f/2.4 aperture. The new image processing chip offers better low light photography thanks to spatial noise reduction, which analyses which parts of an image needs to be noise reduced and which should be left alone.
Apple has also added panoramic viewing: users can pan the phone and it will automatically capture a 240-degree view.
Like the iPhone 4Gs, it offers 1080p FullHD capture, but the image stabilisation is supposedly better, and it has facial recognition for knowing friends when it sees them (it will tag people automatically in videos). Also, users can take full still photos while recording video.
The gadget also is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4GS, and it sports a larger screen for better video viewing—almost 5 inches, up from 3.5.
In non-video news, it boasts an aluminum body with a glass screen in black and white models. And, the speed improvements alone are notable: it allows users to load music apps 2.1 times faster and images from photo apps 1.7 times faster.
It also has a new connector called Lightning, which will very likely provoke a backlash from everyone who has invested in iPhone accessories so far. Apple, natch, is selling an adaptor, so that car stereos, home stereo systems, clock radios, car chargers and the like won't become entirely obsolete-- not yet, anyway.