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Apple Unveils iPhone 5 – The Thinnest & Lightest iPhone Ever!

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Gadgets and smartphone lovers across the world have had the name iPhone 5 trending on their lips and on social media for a while now.

The tablet was unveiled yesterday in the US after weeks of anticipation and hype. On the Apple website, it is described as “the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone”.

The new version of Apple’s flagship device  is 18 percent thinner than before and 20 percent lighter than the 4S, thanks to  new technology that eliminates a separate touch-sensing layer in the screen.  It is made entirely of glass and aluminium and sports a larger, 4-inch screen.

Apple describes the iPhone 5 as the thinnest smartphone in the world.

Apple Vice president of Marketing, Phil Schiller said at the special unveiling published by Fox News that the new iPhone 5 is twice as fast as the 4S  thanks to a  smaller, faster processor called the A6. The new phone sports an 8MP camera, similar to earlier models, but it has better low-light performance and faster image captures.

Reading through the upgraded features and applications released by Apple makes me just want to have one in my hand right now. Here are some excerpts of its features:

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 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.

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.

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.

It doesn’t look much different from iPhone 4, still its sleek and attractive self. The smartphone which comes in either white & silver or black & slate is not yet availabe in stores but Apple notes that the suggested retail price in the US is $199 (N31,452) for the 16GB model and $299 (N47,257) for the 32GB model and $399 (N63,062) for the 64GB model.

Would you be getting this smartphone?

Photo Credit: www.apple.com

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

35 Comments

  1. HunnaeBunnae

    September 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Prices are with contracts tho, SIM-free devices will be more expensive

    • elleven45

      September 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

      $659 for sim free devices.

    • Temiyemi

      September 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      phew!! I was afraid!! In my head I was like what’s the catch?? Are those the real prices??

      Thanks for clearing that. So for me, it’s either this or the samsung sIII. My mind is tilting towards Samsung though. It’s got rave reviews so far but I like apple… #confusedmuch

  2. elleven45

    September 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I don’t have iphone 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 🙁

    • femena

      September 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      bro u’r sleeping on a bicycle…..me neither lol

  3. Demmy

    September 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

    aw I want this phone so bad. I’m going to disturb my daddy till he buys one for me. x

  4. Tincan

    September 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Are iPhones big in Naij…from my visit last week (wish I didn’t have to come back 🙁 ) it seems everyone was on blackberry… I found the constant ‘Are you on blackberry?’ a little annoying tbh

  5. Ibukun

    September 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I want to issue a challenge to Samsung electronics. Since RIM is going under and blackberries will soon be a thing of the past, Samsung should compete in one of the world’s largest consumer markets….Nigeria.
    The consumerism in Nigeria can make any company an overnight success. So I issue the challenge to Samsung since Apple has not taken over the region…yet!

    • Goodnessme!

      September 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      I would have to agree! I have an Iphone 4s and a samsung Galaxy s3 and i tell you i know which one i prefer and it is not an Iphone! Samsung is fit for the task!

  6. shay shay

    September 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    booboo, can I get an IPhone 5. pleaaseeeee. *batting eyelashes

  7. i no send

    September 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    hopefully ur daddy is biological..hehehehe

    • LaLa

      September 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      LMAO!

    • Naaaa

      September 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      HHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH!! MADE MY DULL AFTERNOON!

  8. LPS

    September 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Tincan is so rty on BB!!
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  9. Dumexfranklin

    September 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Luvly n I must get dat phone by force

  10. Dee

    September 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    FINALLY!!!! ohhhhh how long i ve waited for ur release hehehehe

  11. bibi

    September 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    noice…..i wanttttttt, they made it sound so appealing.the only reason i would get an iphone is bcos of instagram.

  12. anidiv

    September 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    ..eeerrrm, i dunno know wat i was expecting but im not excited to get the iphone5 yet…still chilling with my 4s….i think id switch to htc or galaxy

  13. Ajoke

    September 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I’m kind of disappointed with this. I’ll shamelessly admit I only buy iphone for the fashion (though it’s a very good phone). This one doesn’t look different enough from the 4. Now I’m going to have to bear the stupid pain of replying “no” anytime someone asks me if I have a 4 or a 5, ugh! Apple why do you do this to me! #firstworldproblems

    • vivian

      September 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      you are right there is no defferend from iphone 4 so what are they trying to tell us

  14. brandigest

    September 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Blackberry is ruling the Nigeria market. I pray we can start to appreciate the innovation and uniqueness of iphones over here. Lovely gadget.
    http://www.brandigest.wordpress.com

    • Nelo

      September 14, 2012 at 2:55 am

      Ya ya

  15. faith

    September 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    i only want d phone for efizzy…still love my bb5…

    • Naaaa

      September 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Ok now Faith na my tur to vex for u, which one be bb 5 now????? Chai.

    • Ajoke

      September 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      exactly, thank you jare. I know I’m not the only one lol

  16. Wahl

    September 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Since I never owned any of the previous iPhones, I might just have to get this.

    Sent from my Vertu Constellation 🙂

  17. cathy

    September 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    people worry too much over nothing

    • Wahl

      September 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      And nothing over everything.

  18. NNENNE

    September 14, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Technology does not drive me crazy.
    IPhone 6 will be out soon….micro economics at it’s best!

    • femena

      September 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      i bet it’ll go all the way to prolly iPhine50 ‘O’

    • femena

      September 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      i meant “iPhone ” not “iPhine” lol

  19. Nelo

    September 14, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Nice one

  20. AnONYMouS

    September 14, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Nigeria doesnt really work well for the iPhone as we dont have good internet/wireless services. Also, may of the apps wont work in Nigeria. i pray we get there some day. The blackberry is wack and very dull…I hope to ditch it veryyy soon. lol

  21. iPhoneMonk

    October 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Why won’t iphone apps work in Nigeria? Its not only in the united states that the iphoe is used you know. By the way I think the iphone 5S is cheapest compared to other iphones but I guess its because of the “plastic” casing lol.

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