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Apple iPhone 5 – thinner, lighter, with a large screen and LTE support

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There were a lot of rumors last days before the presentations of the next generation of Apple smartphone – iPhone 5.  Various sources were describing design and technical details of the new coming gadget.  In general the majority of rumors were true. IPhone 5 got large 4-inch screen, powerful A6 processor and new 9-pin port. The resolution of iPad display is 960×1136 pixels. Although the resolution of iPhone 5 is slightly lower than the top-end Android-devices, the density of 326 dpi of  iPhone 5 display is slightly higher. For comparison, a 4.8-inch screen of the flagship Samsung smartphone Galaxy S III has density of 306 dpi.

Design of  the new model is significantly different from the iPhone 4 and 4S, although it still preserves the continuity. Monolithic back cover is made of metal and used as an antenna for cellular and LTE networks. Individual glass elements on the cover still remained, apparently to increase the efficiency of an integrated antenna.

The device is 20% lighter and 18% thinner than iPhone 4S. The battery was also slightly improved providing 10 hours while playing video, 8 hours of talk time via 3G and keep iPhone 5 in standby mode for up to 225 hours on a single charge.

Apple has updated all regular iOS applications as well as applications that the company developed and promoted through the App Store, such as word processor Pages and Passbook applications. According to experts Apple Passbook took a giant step toward electronic wallet. The application allows to keep all personal, banking, air tickets and similar information in iPhone 5.

New generation of SIN-cards nano-SIM was also introduced with iPhone 5. iPhone 5 is the first iPhone that supports LTE-networks. The smarthone works with LTE providers not only in North America but also in different parts of the world including U.S., Canada, Europe and South-East Asia.

Apple accept orders on iPhone 5 starting from September 14. The sales of iPhone 5 will start on September 21 in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Apple iPhone 5 will get full LTE support ?

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The most of readers of IT news are well aware about the major scandal that arose shortly after the start of sales of the new Apple iPad 3. Authorities of the UK, Australia and other countries were concerned about misleading original name of the tablet – new iPad WiFi + 4G. The name of the tablet could lead to misunderstanding because it makes impression of support LTE networks on potential users. In order to resolve such concerns Apple changed the name of the new iPad WiFi + 4G on the new iPad WiFi + Cellular. According to some internet sources the next generation of Apple smartphone – Apple iPhone 5 will fully support LTE networks.

Apple iPhone 5 will be able to work in LTE networks in the U.S., Europe and Asia. However, industry experts believe that the iPhone 5 is unlikely to be able to work with networks of all LTE operators. There are about 36 various frequency bands of LTE including 22 in 3G. For universal LTE support all of them should be supported by the smartphone chip. This is a challenge for hardware designers.

It is hard to imagine, but a year ago Apple did not have a single patent on LTE-technology, while Samsung is the largest owner of such patents.  Current situation has changed radically – Apple has developed 44 patents and purchased 274 patents from Nortel and Freescale. In addition 116 LTE related patents Apple owns jointly with Bidco Rockstar. This makes Apple one of  the top ten holders of LTE-patents. The company is well prepared for possible patent claims by Samsung.

Android smartphones with support of LTE currently available in 11 countries and the most of LTE-subscribers are customers of Verizon Wireless.

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