The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

iPhone 5 twice as fast as iPhone 4S with new A6 chip


SAN FRANCISCO - The iPhone 5 will be powered by Apple's new A6 chip, which is said to be two times faster than iPhone 4S in terms of processing and graphics performance.

The iPhone 5 also has a new eight-megapixel iSight rear camera is 25 per cent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S.

A new panorama features allows you to capture panoramic images of up to 28 megapixels. There is also a new front-facing FaceTime camera that records 720p videos.

Furthermore, iPhone 5 will run on the next-generation high-speed 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in major markets, including Singapore.

During the presentation, Apple said it has worked with SingTel and M1 in rolling out 4G LTE with the new iPhone.

However, The Straits Times understands that Starhub will be carrying the iPhone 5 too. But there is no word yet if Starhub will support LTE for iPhone 5.

As the rumours predicted correctly, the 30-pin connector, which Apple has been using for its iOS devices since 2003, has been replaced by the new eight-pin connector called the Lightning. Plus, the iPhone 5 will be using smaller nano-SIM, which is 44 per cent smaller than micro-SIM.

iPhone 5 will come in either white or black and will be available in Singapore for $948 (16GB model), $1,088 (32GB model) and $1,238 (64GB model) without a telco contract. You can pre-order it this Friday, Sept 14.