iPhone 5 specs, features, release date and pricing details are now official

by: Chris SmithSeptember 12, 2012

It’s September 12 today which means the web and the media are filled with new iPhone news. By now, we have already seen confirmation of some of the products Apple will unveil today, including the iPhone 5, the new iPods: touch and nano and iTunes 11. We know the iPhone 5 will come with LTE support, at least according to today’s leak and we know it will run iOS 6 out of the box.

Speaking of iOS 6, the new mobile platform will also be unveiled today, after having been introduced at WWDC 2012, and will most likely be released in the coming hours or day.

But, unquestionably, the biggest star of the show is the new iPhone, the iPhone 5, which is being presented on stage by Apple execs including Tim Cook and Phil Shiller as I type these lines.

So let’s see what the iPhone is all about, shall we, because – again, like it or not – this is the device everyone in the Android business will use to compare other Android devices to.


As expected, the new iPhone comes with a new design compared to its predecessor. Not counting the original iPhone, this happens every two years, just see the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS versus the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Evidently, there are some similarities between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, but in the mean time, let’s see what’s new.

The iPhone 5 is slightly taller, but roughly as wide as the iPhone 4S. The phone is 18% thinner than its predecessor, measuring only 7.6mm in thickness and 20% lighter, coming in at only 112g. The screen measures 4 inches diagonally and comes with a resolution of 1136 x 640 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and 326 PPI (Retina Display), 44% more color saturation and integrated touch, which explains its thinness.

In case it looks familiar, that’s because it looks very similar to the iPhone mockups and leaks that hit the web in recent months and especially in the weeks preceding the event.

Specs and features

Here’s a complete list of specs and features for the handset:

  • 4-inch touchscreen Retina display (326 PPI) with 1136 x 640 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and integrated touch support
  • Weight: 112g
  • Size: 7.6mm
  • A6 chip: twice faster than A5, 22% smaller
  • Graphics: twice faster than predecessor
  • 16/32/64GB memory
  • 8-megapixel camera with five-element lens, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, f/2.5 aperture, dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, sapphire crystal, panorama mode (28-megapixel photos), 1080p video recording, improved video stabilization, face detection, photo-taking while recording; size: 25% smaller
  • A6 chip Photo features: next-gen ISP, spatial noise reduction, smart filter, better low-light performance, faster photo capture
  • FaceTime HD front-facing camera with backside illumination, FaceTime over cellular, 720p video recording and face detection
  • HSPA+, DC-HSPA, support
  • LTE (single chip, single radio, dynamic antenna)
  • LTE global support for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Bell, Telus, Rogers, SingTel, SmarTone, SK Telecom, KDDI, SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom, Everything Everywhere
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz and 5GHz on 802.11n
  • GPS with turn-by-turn directions
  • Three microphones, bottom, front and back – improved speaker design: five magnet transducer, 20% smaller
  • Wideband audio, Noise-cancelation ear-piece
  • HD voice
  • Battery life: 8 hours for 3G talk, 3G browsing or LTE browsing; 10 hours for Wi-Fi browsing and video playback, 40 hours for music playback and 225 hours standby
  • New 9-pin connector called Lighting: all-digital 8-signal design, adaptive interface, improved durability, 80% smaller
  • Siri support
  • iOS 6

Release date and pricing

As expected, the iPhone 5 will soon be available in stores. Starting with September 14, you’ll be able to pre-order it in the USA, Canada UK, France and Germany Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The device will hit 100 countries by December and will be carried by 240 mobile operators.

The iPhone 5 will cost $199, $299, $399, depending on what memory capacity you choose. Naturally, these are on-contract prices.

Meanwhile, the 16 GB iPhone 4S and 8GB iPhone 4 will cost $99 and $0 on contract, respectively. The iPhone 3GS will not be available anymore in Apple and carrier stores

And in case you were wondering, iOS 6 will be released on September 19.

Show Press Release

Apple Introduces iPhone 5
Thinnest, Lightest iPhone Ever Features All-New Aluminum Design, Stunning 4-Inch Retina Display, A6 Chip & Ultrafast Wireless

SAN FRANCISCO—September 12, 2012—Apple® today announced iPhone® 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, 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.** 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.

“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “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.”

iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish.

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.

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.***

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 8 megapixel iSight® 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 percent 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.

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.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new user features including: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover™ view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings;***** Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®.

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 4S will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract.****** iOS 6 software will be available on Wednesday, September 19 as a free software update.

iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including 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.

* LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.
** Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
*** Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
**** Sold separately.
***** Not all features are supported in all countries.
****** Availability varies by carrier.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

  • AHAHHAH Pathetic..

  • applemad

    iPhone 5 Sucks!!!

  • True_Neutral

    According to Anandtech its using a Cortex A15 O.o Apple, excuse me Samsung got that chip out real fast.

  • yeo wee kian

    seriously.. its all just specs bump… and confirm will have fanboy jumping around claiming it is all wonderful new things, while claiming apple has it first before android

  • Kevin Schotts

    I smell another patent war. Apple with late. Samsung lawyers must be salivating since Samsung owns late.

  • Nothingsay

    Pffffff! Thumbs down! iShit is very-very wonky

  • I actually watched the unveiling, and wow, super fail! Apparently apple spent too much time suing people and not enough time working on their devices! Not to mention all the apple fan-boys will now have to buy all new stuff thanks to the new connector! Love it! Android market share looks let to go up, (By at least 4 devices as I have friends jumping ship to the galaxy note 2 or the S3 from apple thanks to this let down)

  • Amin

    look at this pathetic iShit… made just for this iSheeps

  • iLeon

    Fuck all you apple haters stop talking all that shit! Competition is great! Android is a good platform! It’s all a preference and taste! But seriously stop talking shit!!!!!!

    • Apple is a lawsuit happy company, and hates competition, they lag behind in device development, they would rather sue than innovate… ios6 is not bad, but the hardware is really lacking any punch so for a hyped up launch its a major fail…

      On a side note Apple fanboys are way more rude and mean when it comes to android devices, so mean is fair game

      • iLeon

        Good point!

      • stfuhaters

        apple revolutionized the world of technology. With out iPhone there is no android.

        Whatever there doing is working there getting a lot of attention and are as i post the most valuable stock in the world

        • Marvin Nakajima

          There would have been android, just probably not the way it is now. Apple had a lot of influence in the mobile market but it was still only one part.

        • James Johnson

          Umm..Android development was started in 2003 and then was acquired by Google in 2005, Apple started development in 2004. So Android started before iOS. Apple was just quick to whip something up faster and market it, but it has not had any MAJOR changes since! iOS is boring its the same crap every time with an extra thrown in that is now starting copying what is in Android. When the time comes that iOS has to move away from the “grid” look of its OS and more towards a desktop with widgets and such like Android, I bet there will be some infringements there.

        • The initial iPhone showed the future and I will give the revolutionary to Apple, for marketing and showing what a smart phone could be, but since that time Apple has not produced a revolutionary phone, just upgrades to their existing tech, and while the 3g and 4 were jumps, they were not revolutionary, and of course the 3gs and 4s were minor updates, the 5 is another new phone but not an evolutionary or revolutionary step… Apple stopped innovating years ago… and this from a person who used to be an Apple fanboy until the 4s came out…

    • Kevin Schotts

      We would stop talking shit if apple would bring something innovative and interesting. Oh wait its now 4 inches oohhh aahhh. Fuck off you little cry baby. Go back to sucking mommy’s tit

  • The Note 2 is way better, this “iPhone” is just overrated.

  • legend, wait for it DARY

    i personaly think they did a good job. Making he phone’s screen bigger and also making the weight lighter then the iphone 4 is quite impressive. I still think it wasen’t a great inovation, and for this phone to be a flagship phone for the next year is going to be a threat to apple, considering the amount which android (samsung) is improving. But the improvement which apple did (physicaly wise) is something which people need to give credit to apple cause it probably took a lot of time and work.

  • gils001

    The back of the iphone 5 looks a little like the back of the samsung galaxy tab 7.7

  • Ryan MORGAN

    This iPhone barely catches up with the S3, yet alone beat it. Oh look, Panorama photos! Android has had it for years. Oh look, a 720p front facing camera! Yawn. Siri opens apps! S-Voice (and I believe Google Now) has from day 1. A sapphire lens! Are you kidding me? And NFC! Wait a minute…

  • tsknight

    competition is good?? u damn right it is!! unless you r apple lol! that’s why apple sueing everyone under the sun bcuz they haven’t the slightest how to produce anything on their own. thanks to LG for the original rectangular shape with rounded corners featuring a touch screen!!

  • okier87

    iphone is cool like koolaid :)

  • Isaac

    holy crap, just because you can’t afford something, doesn’t mean you have to bash it. it’s a legitimate phone. It’s also gaining market share faster than your precious samsung. The lawsuit is just business, thats the way the world works. The only reason it’s such a great case is because Apple and samsung are huge companies and both sides have proof to support their points, making it an interesting news event. Lawsuits happen ALL THE TIME. Besides, if samsung had as many users as Apple does, they wouldn’t be any better, and all us iPhone users would be saying the same thing as you. just deal with it. if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

    • bgr8

      First of all we’re not bashing it because we can’t afford it we’re bashing it because they’re not doing anything new when they claim they are and they’re charging all you isheep an excessive amount when it’s the same craps they rolled out last year. Samsung has already done a lot of these “new” iphone features.

    • iLeon

      Greatly said!!!!!! :)

    • Kevin Schotts

      Bashing it because can’t afford it hahaha, every single one of my Nexus was bought out right no contract no subsidies. So go screw yourself. I just bought and paid for my $45000 truck cash. Can’t afford? You are an absolute condensending idiot. Pompous c*nts like you look great at the business end of my .308.

  • okier87

    the iphone 5 is cool like koolaid. the S3 is just a cheap imitation. dont imitate, innovate! But i still love Android.

  • Jamie Cottrell

    iPhone 5 pales in comparison to Android devices S3 and Note 2 destroy it


    I hope iSheep arnt so stupid to think oh it has an adapter so it will still work with my accesories specifically docks. Did you see the damn size they made the adapter, do you really think the phones gonna sit steadily in your old docks with that honkin adapter lol. Every aspect is a fail except the ios 3d maps which actually look better than Google Maps, Ill give them that. Other than that its a stretched out 4s.
    It was funny to watch comments before the release, ppl saying oh I hope it has this & that & it would change the game & guess what Ive been doing those wishes on Android for at least the last damn year. iPhone users really need to give a top of the line Android device & see just what their missing.
    Tgats the difference between iPhone users & Android users, most Android users have used or owned a iOS device & no what it has & what Android has where Iphone users dont even try Android but try to talk shit about it & actually look like morons in the end because they dont actually know what theyre missing. Seriously iPhone users give a top end new Android device a Try & I guarentee youll switch like every other iPhone user who has done so & said they cant believe what they were missing. If you buy the new iPhone 5 then your a complete & utter moron because they are yet again screwing you straight out, im sorry to say. I think the expected number of sales of this new iPhone 5 will fall way way short as many crApple customers are going to be let down by this release & are going to help make the Galaxy Note 2 the most sold device in history. -KID ANDROID

    • I was Apple fan once but when my friends got SGS2 and tested it. When I finished testing it’s features I said to them “what was I thinking”. BTW I never had iphone but I have ipod touch witch is the same except 3G and making phone calls but I wanted iphone but since I tried the SGS2 I have always wanted Galaxy note. I have now old Nokia phone and waiting for Note II.

  • Flame on! I’m all for a good discussion but hey if it’s simply a phone bashing you want… spec on spec the iPhone 5 is beat on almost every front, size, feel, build quality, camera, cpu, graphics, battery life… And it is currently the newest thing… By Christmas there will be so many new devices that blow it out of the water it isn’t even funny. IT barely catches up to 3 month old devices, it definitely doesn’t surpass them… The Truth Hurts…

  • tsknight

    lol! apple is the one that needs to innovate!! bring something new to the table. being a former fanboy for apple w original iphone thru the 4S(kept for a mere 42 min b4 returning it to get galaxy s2),how bout apple letting the people make the phone a part of their personality instead of ramming itunes and closed source down everyones throat. the only thing apple improves on is camera and that usually product of sony. so innovating is something apple doesn’t know how to do…except marketing which they stole marketing scheme from chicfila

    • I was an apple fanboy from the original iPhone to the 4… I jumped ship to the Galaxy S2 after the 4S joke announcement… I have since Owned the S2 and S3 and still can’t believe how far behind apple was…

  • RIP

    Today begins the honest and true death of the iPhone.

    It’s too late to release technology that is not up to industry standards, and hope that brand loyalty will carry the day. All iPhone users should go get iPads instead of iPhones since that is what Apple really cares about.

    Google should set http://www.google.com so that it doesn’t load on Safari…just to get back at Apple about dropping maps.

  • dheff

    when will it be out in ireland?

  • usuals

    i here HTC is going to try to get the phone banned because it owns the patent apple is trying to use for there LTE radio


    • billyb

      this link this guy posted has some interesting info on htc plan to throw down a ban for LTE

  • iSteve 2

    peole wonder why apple is so succcessfull but even on a dedicated android cite u cant stop talking about them.

    • Kassim

      First, it’s the ‘benchmark’ phone that all android manufacturers are trying to emulate (not copy…but emulate. as in the mountains of money flooding into their coffers) so, it has to be here for every fandroid to measure how much their phone is better than the i5.

      Second, as far as ‘can’t stop talking about it’, that’s more than exaggeration…for example, TechRadar (UK tech site) has no less than 9 different stories on the i5 in a matter of hours already compared to the 3 on here. I repeat UK site, not US where the launch is actually taking place and where the i5 calls home.

      And finally, like it or not, did you really think the most successful smartphone to date wouldn’t get a mention on a mobile centric site?! This isn’t Android Authority ‘by Google’ you know!

      ‘Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’…

  • Dapsy

    Iphone 5…. EPIC FAIL!!!

  • Alejandro Barragan

    I dont care about apple articles, I think this does not belong here

  • The A6 chip allows for faster photo capture too, as well as a smart filter for better colour matching and reduced noise.