Apple iPhone 5 the world’s most awaited gadget has been launched on September 12, 2012.

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Apple unwraps new smartphone called the iPhone 5 (despite the sixth iPhone launched) which is 20% lighter, 18% thinner and 12% less volume as comparison to iPhone 4S.It has been crafted out of  glass and aluminum. It has brilliant 4 inch retina display, ultrafast wireless, powerful A6 chip, and better battery life. It’s new feature includes a Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation, Facebook integration, better Siri performance, etc.

"This is the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since the iPhone," said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller.

iPhone 5 - Features and Specifications

New Design:

In terms of size iPhone 5 looks similar to previous model (iPhone 4S) but has a slightly larger screen.  It has a 4-inch in-cell screen, measured diagonally, compared to a 3.5-inch screen on previous versions of the iPhone.  The new version of Apple's Retina panel is 1136 x 640, which will offer 44% better color saturation compared to the old Retina display. So According to Apple with iPhone 5 you can play games, read, see images and use apps that will look incredibly vivid and lifelike.

It has the same width as the iPhone 4S, but taller, 20% lighter and 18% thinner. iPhone 5 is just 7.6 millimeters thin  with an aluminum and glass body that weighs 112 g.  Apple says "iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish".

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Fast Data networks:

iPhone 5 include 4G LTE capability, which will allow it to connect faster. 4G enables quicker video, music and other content downloads, compared with the existing 3G wireless networks.

Faster Processing:

iPhone 5 comes with a new faster processor A6. Apple claimed that it is up to twice as fast compared with the A5 chip. So apps launch, web pages load, and email attachments appear almost instantly. It is also tuned to bring on the best gaming experience the iPhone has ever seen.

Better Battery life:

According to Apple, the new iPhone’s battery lasts even longer than the battery in the iPhone 4S. Apple quoted, iPhone 5 will provide up to 8 hours of browsing on a cellular connection, up to 8 hours of talk time, and up to 10 hours of video playback time.

New EarPods (redesigned headphones):

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Apple redesigned the ear phones called EarPods which will sound better than those earbuds that comes with iPhone 4S. New EarPods will be more comfortable and will have high audio quality.

IOS6:

iPhone 5 will come with latest version of iOS which is iOS6. The new operating system adds another row of icons to the phone's home screen. It includes a new, 3-D version of digital maps and has a feature called Passbook, which lets people pull up airline tickets or payment apps from the locked home.

Apple’s New Mapping App:

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The iPhone 5 will include Apple's new mapping app, which becomes the native application as a replacement for Google Maps. According to Apple, Map elements are vector based, which means graphics and text are incredibly sharp, even when you zoom in. Apple introduced its own mapping software to replace Google and also removed Google’s online video service, YouTube, from the batch of applications preinstalled on the iPhone.

Enhanced Siri:

Siri has now got more intelligent. Apple enhanced the speech-command service Siri, adding features that let users search for sports scores and make dinner reservations by speaking to the smartphone. It now understands more questions, and knows more answers. You can ask Siri about where to eat, ask Siri to make Facebook posts or tweet for you and ask it where the nearest cash point is.

New Dock Connector:

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Apple replaced the 30-pin connector with something newer, smaller, and better by introducing the Lightning connector. According to Apple “It features an all-digital, eight-signal design that’s significantly more durable than the 30-pin connector. Another brilliant feature of Lightning: It’s reversible. Which means there’s no wrong way to plug in the cable.

Other Enhancements:

The new iPhone features tighter integration with Facebook Inc., letting users quickly post pictures, links and other content to the world’s largest social network.

iPhone 5’s camera app features improvements including 40 percent faster photo capture, better low-light performance, and improved noise reduction.

Front camera is now a 720P High Definition camera rather than the previous VGA.

iPhone 5 will have three microphones: one on the front, one on the back, and one on the bottom. The front and back microphones work together to achieve beam forming — a technique that helps iPhone focus on sound from the desired location for clearer audio. New noise-canceling technology reduces background noise.

iPhone 5 supports more networks all over the world. That includes advanced networks such as HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA.

iPhone 5 preorder to start on September 14:

Apple has just revealed that iPhone 5 (starts at $199) will be available to preorder from September 14 and the shipping date set for 21 September. Just like iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 will be available with models 16GB having cost $199, 32GB cost $299, 64GB cost $399. These prices will all apply to users purchasing phones together with a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The iPhone 5 will go on sale in the U.S. and eight other countries on Sept. 21. A week later, it will go on sale in 22 more countries, including Italy, Poland and Spain.