Apple announces iPhone 5

September 13, 2012

The iPhone is quite probably the world’s most popular gaming device, so, from a gaming point of view, a new model is a pretty big deal. Well, Apple have announced the iPhone 5, and it’s a major upgrade for the device. Introducing a new Apple A6 processor that is “twice as fast” as the A5 in the iPhone 4S, the phone also introduces a 4″ 1136×640 display, making it the first iPhone to use a widescreen aspect ratio.

On the downside, the iPhone 5 introduces a brand new dock connector replacement that Apple is calling the “Lightning” connector. The new connector offers 8 different signals, including USB3 and audio line out, with a smaller, thinner connector than the dock connector. The connector is also “reversible”, meaning it can be plugged in either way without affecting functionality.

The phone also incorporates 4G for the first time in an iPhone, and, unlike the 2012 iPad, will be compatible with 4G LTE networks from both Optus and Telstra.

Pricing starts at $799 for the base model, however it will also be available on contracts from at least Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. It is expected to be available from September 21.