After months of breathless speculation the iPhone 5 was revealed by Apple in California yesterday featuring many of the rumoured features. It is, as predicted, longer and thinner and lighter than its predecessor: its screen has increased from 3.5inches/8.8cm to 4in/10cm and has an extra, fifth row of app icons. And it has a better 8 megapixel camera.
At just 7.6mm, Apple claims it is the thinnest smartphone in the world. It’s 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S, and 20% lighter, weighing 122 grams.
As depicted in leaked photographs, the back is now aluminum, either raw or anodized black depending if the glass front is white or black.
Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out the musical origins of the iPhone (via the iPod) and noted 60% of iTunes downloads come via mobile, from the store’s 435-million accounts.
He said iTunes has 26-million songs in its catalogue and that 20-billion songs have been bought in the nine years since its launch.
Apple also updated it’s line of iPods, having sold over 350-million. The most notable are the iPod Touch (which now has the same size screen and aluminum back/glass front styling as the iPhone 5) and the ultrathin 5.4mm iPod nano with a 2.5in/6cm multitouch display.
The new gadgets have ditched Apple’s decade old connector in favour of thinner one now called Lightning.
Cook said Apple has now sold 400-million devices running its iOS mobile software, including iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. After selling 600-million earbuds, a new headset called EarPods was also launched.