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iPhone 5 packs new A6 chip and ultra fast wireless technology

Apple's iPhone 5 packs newly-designed A6 chip and ultra fast wireless

Said to be the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet, Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 5 has been completely re-designed to feature a new 4in Retina display, an Apple-designed A6 chip and ultra fast wireless technology.

The handset comes with the company's iOS 6 operating system and features dual band 802.11n WiFi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mb/s. It supports standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA and has a single radio LTE solution for ultra fast speed. It has been rumoured that the iPhone 5 has more RAM too - 1GB, compared with 512MB in the 4S - but this has not been confirmed.

"iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we've ever created," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide Marketing. "We've packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4in Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultra fast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it."

The phone's A6 chip has been designed by Apple to maximise performance and power efficiency, with twice the cpu and graphics performance of previous models. The 8megapixel iSight camera has also been completely re-designed to offer a new panorama feature that lets users capture images of up to 28megapixels.

New video features include improved stabilisation, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. A FaceTime hd front facing camera has been included to make FaceTime calls clearer and this can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p hd video.

Enhanced audio features include a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, as well as new noise cancelling technology that makes background noise fade away.

Apple has replaced the old dock connector with a smaller 'Lightning' connector and engineered new headphones which it claims are "a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and incredible acoustic quality."

Laura Hopperton

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