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The iPhone 5 is a touchscreen smartphone designed and marketed by Apple to succeed the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 was unveiled at Apple's iPhone 5 event on September 12, 2012 by CEO Tim Cook at Apple's Town Hall in Cupertino, California.[1] It supported iOS 6 through 10.3.4. The iPhone 5 was superseded by the iPhone 5S and The iPhone 5C on September 10, 2013.

Its features primarily consist of a new faster 1.3 Ghz Dual-core A6 Chip, a HD front-facing camera and a rear-facing camera with panorama mode. For US customers, it was available from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Canadian customers could get the iPhone 5 from Bell and other major carriers.



Apple Special Event September 2012 - iPhone 5 Full Keynote

The entire design of the iPhone 5 was focus on reducing the size and weight of all of the hardware to achieve an even lighter, thinner and finely crafted iPhone than ever before. This was done in a number of different steps which ultimately led to an amazingly powerful and yet even more compact iPhone than ever. Most notably each iPhone 5's aluminium housing was photographed by two high-powered 29MP cameras. Additionally a machine analyzed the images and compared them against 725 unique inlays to find the most precisely matching housing for each individual iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is thinner and larger in size than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.

Aluminum and glass body[]

The back of iPhone 5 is made of anodized 6000 series aluminum — the same material used in Apple notebooks — with inlays along the top and bottom made of ceramic glass (on the white and silver model) or pigmented glass (on the black and slate model).


External design[]

The iPhone 5 retains a similar shape to its predecessor, the iPhone 4S but is now taller. iPhone 5 comes in two color choices. The previously white model has been renamed the White and Silver model, and the previously black model has been renamed Black and Slate. The back and side are now made of aluminum (slate, silver), glass. The front facing camera is now HD. The rear camera has the same 8 megapixels but with better optics. It now has a taller but not wider 4 inch (10.6cm) screen unlike past iPhones with 3.5" displays. This makes the screen at a desired 16:9 aspect ratio.

4 inch Retina display[]

The iPhone 5 implemented the first display which combined both the Retina display with the touch-screen technology. Instead of one layer for the touch-reactive technology along the display they were both merged by making the pixels of the screen display the image react to touch. With this touch-sensitive layer merged, the display design was reduced by 30%. An additional bonus of the display being a singular layer is that the image quality is even sharper than ever before.

Lightning connector[]

The large 30-pin connector was replaced by the Lightning connector which is 80% smaller and freed-up even more invaluable space inside of the product.

Internal design[]

The new features of the iPhone 5 are mainly internal and external changes regarding speed and new features including panorama mode.


Apple had to free-up as much space as possible to achieve this, the first step was further reducing the SIM card size, making use of a new nano-SIM card which is a total 44% smaller than the micro SIM.


Next, whilst introducing LTE, the Apple engineers combined the voice and data chips needed for LTE in-to a single compact chip to further conserve as much space as possible.

Processor, memory and storage[]

The iPhone 5 has a 1.3 GHz dual-core A6 processor that is up to 2x faster but 22 percent smaller, and has better energy consumption, thanthe A5 chip. It has 1GB of RAM, the same as the 3rd-generation iPad. This makes the iPhone 5 twice as fast as its predecessor, scoring 1645 on geek benchmarks, faster than the iPhone 4s (653) and 3rd-generation iPad (824).


The camera on the iPhone 5 is capable of shooting 8MP stills, up to 240º panoramic shots and record up to full 1080p HD at 30 frames per second with upgraded quality. The front facing camera has been upgraded from VGA quality to HD quality. You can also takes photos while video recording.

Look at iPhone 5 and you can’t help but notice the exquisite chamfer surrounding the display. A crystalline diamond cuts this beveled edge. It’s what gives iPhone 5 its distinctive lines. Fitting for a phone so brilliant.

The 8MP iSight camera has even more features — like panorama and dynamic low-light mode — yet it’s 25 percent smaller.

Size Reduction Summary[]

  • A6 chip 22% smaller
  • nano SIM 44% smaller
  • LTE chips - 30% smaller
  • Lightning connector 80% smaller
  • Display 30% thinner

Product history[]

On September 17, 2012, Apple announced that the iPhone 5 had over 2 million pre-orders within the first 24 hours.[2] By the following week, over 5 million units had been sold.[3] In total, 146 million iPhone 5 units were sold.


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IPhone 5 (Slate Black)

iPhone 5 (Slate Black)

IPhone 5 (Silver White)

iPhone 5 (Silver White)

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7 · 7 Plus | 8 · 8 Plus | X | XR · XS · XS Max | 11 · 11 Pro · 11 Pro Max | SE (2nd)
12 · 12 mini · 12 Pro · 12 Pro Max | 13 · 13 mini · 13 Pro · 13 Pro Max | SE (3rd)
14 · 14 Plus · 14 Pro · 14 Pro Max | 15