Apple introduced the iPhone 5 at a press event in San Francisco today.

As rumored, iPhone 5 is made entirely of glass and aluminum, 112 grams (20% lighter than a 4S) 18% thinner at 7.6mm. “It’s the world’s thinnest smartphone.”

“Ultrafast wireless technology. Thinner, smaller with HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE.” iPhone runs on higher speed LTE networks, it’ll have a larger 4-inch display at 1136×640 resolution, showing five rows of icons with taller Retina display. It has 802.11n now with dual-channel 5GHz, with max performance up to 150Mbps.

It supports a new all-digital wireless connector called ‘Lightning’ with 8-signal design, Adaptive interface, Improved durability, Reversible, easier to use, although an adaptor will be released for compatibility with older accessories.

iPhone 5 runs on new A6 chip with 2x faster CPU, 2x faster graphics, and even smaller. The idevice includes a “40% faster” 8-megapixel sensor with a dynamic low light mode (up to 2 f-stops greater light performance) and a new image processor with Spatial noise reduction, smart filter that figures out which areas are best for noise reduction and which should be left alone. Photo capture is now 40% faster. “It all adds up to simply using it and seeing what kind of photos you can take.”

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More camera specs below:

  • 8-megapixel sensor
  • 3264 x 2448
  • Backside illumination
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Five-element lens
  • f/2.3 aperture
  • Dynamic low light mode
  • Precision lens alignment
  • Sapphire crystal

Front-facing (aka FaceTime HD) camera specs below:

  • 720p resolution
  • Backside illumination
  • Face detection
  • FaceTime over cellular

Better video: better image stabilization, face detection, and now FaceTime over cellular. 1080p HD resolution, improved video stabilization, Face detection and take photos while recording. 44% more color saturation: now fully sRGB, “it’s now the most accurate display in the industry.” Touch sensor is built into the display now. “It’s truly the world’s most advanced display.”

The audio system is upgraded too, three microphones! Front, back, and bottom. Speakers have five magnet transducers (up from three). Earpiece now includes noise canceling on your own audio out.

Wideband audio: Apple fills up more frequency spectrum to make call audio sound even better. Requires carrier support though.

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With all the increased specs iPhone 5’s battery stats “exceed 4S”,  as Apple claims can expect 10 hours of video or wi-fi browsing, 8 hours of talk and 225 hours of standby time.

iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6, which includes improvements such as updated Phone, Siri, Map and Safari apps, Opentable, built-in Facebook support and more. Photostream can be used to share photos with other iOS users and Siri has been updated to provide sport scores, launch apps and even make restaurant reservations.

iOS 6 will release on September 19 for iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod Touch.

Pre-orders starts this Friday, shipping starts a week later, and the device will be available to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore on Sept 21.

It’ll be available in 100 countries, 240 carriers by end of the year. “This will be the fastest phone rollout ever.”

The CEO of AppleTim Cook says, “iPhone 5 and iOS 6: the biggest things to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone.”

iPhone 4 8GB is now free, iPhone 4S 16GB at $99, and iPhone 5 16GB at $199, 32GB at $299 and 64GB at $399, it comes in black and white with a silver aluminum finish.

 

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