Earlier this month, Time named Apple’s iPhone 5 its gadget of the year for 2012. Time’s Harry McCracken calls the phone “one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built.” He also says that Apple has had more than its share of tech successes because it is extremely fussy about details that “other companies ignore.”
The phone has a taller screen (4 inch) built into a thinner, lighter case that hasn’t gotten any wider – so you can still use it with one hand. This larger canvas lays claim to more pixels and heightened color saturation, making it clearer and brighter than the iPhone 4S.
The 8MP iSight camera also excels with its unparalleled panorama mode and a vibrant low-light mode - even though the camera itself is smaller than before. The iPhone 5 also boasts a faster chip, married to ultrafast wireless technology that doesn’t sacrifice battery life. All in an aluminum body beautifully designed with precision that Apple claims is unprecedented.
Designing a faster, thinner phone without losing any of its capabilities forced the company to do what it does best – come up with new technology.
Apple engineers created a nano-SIM, which is smaller than the micro-SIM; they put both voice and data on a single chip instead of the standard two, and the new A6 chip is up to 2X faster than its predecessor, the A5.
In addition, Apple created the first Retina display in which the touch technology is integrated. Engineers were able to design pixels that also act as touch-sensing electrodes, even while displaying the image. These double-duty pixels allow for one less layer between you and what you see.
The iPhone 5 is, in short, the “thinnest, fastest, lightest iPhone ever made” According to Time’s Harry McCracken, it is well made. “…when it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer.”
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