iPhone 5: Our Complete Guide

September 12, 2012 was when Apple introduced the iPhone 5 to the world. 31 is the number of countries that have the iPhone 5 on sale to date. October 26, 2012 was the date when the iPhone 5 was rumoured to be launched in Malaysia. But the day has passed and iPhone 5 is still not available in Malaysia. The latest rumour from MacRumors.com says that iPhone 5 will be released in India and several more 3rd batch release countries on November 2, 2012. We believe Malaysia will be in the list for November 2 release. In this article, we put down our complete guide on the latest and greatest Apple iPhone 5. If you’re also interested in the latest release iPad Mini, we have a Complete Guide for you too. Just click on the link here: http://www.ipadclubmalaysia.com/ipad-mini/.

iPhone 5 White

Let’s start with an iPhone 5 TV Ad released by Apple:

Many critics say that the iPhone 5 is just a taller iPhone 4S. Well they are absolutely wrong. The iPhone 5 is being completely redesigned. Apple’s Phil Schiller describe it as “the most beautiful product Apple have ever built”. While it seemed similar in the overall aesthetic to the iPhone 4S in the picture, many tech reviewers have claimed that “until you’ve held the new iPhone, you really haven’t seen it at all”.

The iPhone 5 is taller than the previous generation iPhones. Built with a 4-inch Retina Display at 1136 x 640 pixels (326 ppi), the iPhone 5 has a 16:9 aspect ratio (as opposed to the 3.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio previous generation iPhones had). It is the thinnest Smart Phone in the world with a thickness of only 7.6 mm, which is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S. Weights at only 112 grams, the iPhone 5 is 20% lighter than iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 Thickness Comparison

Black & Slate and White & Silver

Build & Dimension
Made entirely with Glass and Aluminium
Height: 123.8 mm
Width: 58.6 mm
Depth: 7.6 mm
Weight: 112 grams

iPhone 5 Black & Slate

iPhone 5 White & Silver

4″ Wide Screen Multitouch Retina Display
1136 x 640 pixel at 326 ppi
800:1 Contrast Ratio
500 cd/m2 Max Brightness

The iPhone 5 display is a major breakthrough, with the touch sensors now integrated into the display itself. This move of removing a layer causes the screen to be sharper. Also, the new display provides 44% more colour saturation compared to the previous model. With the larger screen, iPhone 5 supports wide screen video playback. Most of the iPhone apps have also been updated to take full advantage of the bigger screen with apps now showing more information, meaning more contents in Safari, more events in Calendar and more messages in Mail.

Processor & Battery Life
The iPhone 5 comes with Apple Dual Core A6 processor, which provides performance and graphics twice as fast but more power efficient and is 22% smaller than the A5 chip on the iPhone 4S. Despite being thinner than it’s predecessor, Apple have managed to improve battery life on the iPhone 5. It allows for 8 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing, and up to 10 hours of video playback.

16GB, 32GB & 64GB

Camera, Photo & Video Recording
8-megapixel iSight camera
Panorama functionality
HD Video recording at 1080p up to 30 fps with audio
1.2MP FaceTime HD camera for photos and 720p HD video recording up to 30 fps
Tap to focus video or still images
Face detection in video or still images
Improved video stabilisation

The iPhone 5 camera is 25% smaller than the iPhone 4S’s but better. The back camera takes picture at 3264×2248 with backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, 2.4 aperture, five-element lens and has a durable sapphire crystal lens cover. The new iSight camera features a dynamic low light mode which captures much better photo under low light condition.

Apple also introduced the Panorama functionality to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, works just like the TV Ad below.

The iPhone 5 is the first Apple device with the all new lightning connector. Apple claims that despite being smaller, the lightning connector is much more durable than the 30-pin connector. Moreover, it is reversible too so there is no wrong way to plug it into your iPhone. The lightning connector is pictured below.

iPhone 5 Lightning Connector

Wireless & Cellular
The iPhone 5 comes in 3 different models which provides LTE options to more countries around the world. LTE technology allows cellular connection speed up to 100 Mbps (LTE is not yet available in Malaysia but DIGI has recently announced that they are almost ready to launch Malaysia’s first LTE services). The iPhone also supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) for Ultrafast Wireless connection up to 150 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.

GSM model A1428: USA (AT&T) & Canada
UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

CDMA model A1429: USA (Sprint & Verizon) & Japan (KDDI)
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

GSM model A1429: Germany, UK, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore & Hong Kong
UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)

Audio System & Earpods
The iPhone 5 comes with 3 microphones – back, bottom and front to help improve sound quality and support noise cancelling. There have been reports from users that call audio quality on the iPhone 5 is crystal clear and the speakers are loud and clear.

Apple also introduced a new earbud headphones called the Earpods that are being shipped together with the iPhone 5. Apple took 3 years to design and develop the Earpods which they claim to provide you with Enhanced Audio Experience on the iPhone 5. Watch the Earpods video and TV Ad below.

iOS 6, Siri, Maps and 700,000 Apps
The iPhone 5 is pre-installed with the latest mobile operating system iOS 6 and it is powered with the famous voice assistant Siri. All you need to do is just ask and it’ll carry out the task for you. I find Siri handy for reading me messages, setting up alarms and timers, taking down reminders and adding events into my calendar. And yes, iPhone 5 is installed with the infamous new Apple Maps which replaces the previous Google maps. Apple does have a lot more to do with the Maps App as it is currently lacking of a lot of information compared to the Google version. However, on the brighter side, Apple Maps offer turn-by-turn navigation, even in Malaysia. All you need to do is to find that street name of your intended destination and get Maps to find the shortest routes for you. Then it will act as a GPS with Siri voice instructions that will guide you to your destination. Who needs a standalone GPS nowadays when you have an iPhone. Also, with iPhone 5, you are open to the best and largest mobile application store in the world with over 700,000 apps ready for you to download into your iPhone from Apple Apps Store.

Three-axis gyro
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

In The Box
iPhone 5
Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
Lightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter

We have found one decent video review of the iPhone 5 by Verge to share with you so that you have a closer look at the phone:

Availability in Malaysia
The latest rumour that we have at the time of writing is on the 02 November 2012. We were told that all the Telcos in Malaysia are ready to release their iPhone 5 plans but it is up to Apple supply line to determine if they have sufficient stock for the launch in Malaysia. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter (fill up your details at the right hand side of this webpage to subscribe) and keep visiting our website for the latest update on the release date of iPhone 5 in Malaysia.

Although the price tag for iPhone 5 in Malaysia has not been released yet, we believe it will be the same as previously priced for the iPhone 4S as per below:
16GB: RM2,199
32GB: RM2,599
64GB: RM2,899

We end this article with the iPhone 5 Video and TV Ad.

We hope that you find our complete guide useful and would be glad if you could share your thoughts with us regarding iPhone 5 in the comment section below. Are you planning to purchase an iPhone 5? Also, you might be interested to check out our iPad Mini Complete Guide here: http://www.ipadclubmalaysia.com/ipad-mini/

We’ve recently found a very detailed iPhone 5 review from iMore.com and would like to share the video and link with you here. Warning: Their iPhone 5 review is so thorough that you should be prepared to spend more than 20 minutes to read the whole article and going through the videos.

Read their complete iPhone 5 Review here: http://www.imore.com/iphone-5-review.

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