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iPhone 5 release news, teardowns, comparisons and more

by Nicole
September 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

The iPhone 5 was made available in various regions across the globe this past week.

Credit: Apple

On Friday, the new iPhone went on sale in 22 more countries and several regional carriers in the US, and by the end of the year the device will be available in 100 countries on 240 carriers.

On several regional carriers, the new iPhone was offered for $50 less than their national competitors.

A report by Tech Crunch announced that a contract-free new iPhone at AT&T can be unlocked easily through iTunes.

In addition, it was reported that the iPhone 5 offered by Verizon comes with an unlocked SIM slot.

Bloomberg reported that tight supplies of the iPhone 5 during the device’s launch weekend were caused by the integration of in-cell technology for the new displays, which apparently requires more work than previous screen types.

Apple’s other supplier, Sharp, announced that it is producing “adequate volumes” of displays for the device, after recent reports stated that the company was behind in the production of such components and was even blamed for the shortage of iPhone 5 units at the phone’s launch.

The release of the iPhone 5 constituted a major boost for iOS developers, as well as for the reseller market.

The new iPhone’s user guide contained a reference to an official “iPhone Dock” accessory that is set to be sold separately even thought the company has yet to offer its own branded dock for the handset and its new Lightning connector.

This week there have been reports about issues that iPhone 5 users are facing.

Owners of the white iPhone 5 have complained about a light leakage from the edges of the device.

Issues with the new iPhone’s Wi-Fi connectivity have also been reported by users.

Credit: Apple

Other iPhone 5 adopters reported problems with the aspect of their new devices that came scuffed and scratched out of the box.

However, according to Apple Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller, such scratching is “normal” with use for aluminum products.

The new iPhone camera, which was upgraded with improved low-light performance and crystal sapphire lens has also been a source of discontent as users have reported seeing a purple halo on some photos they took with their device.

Soon after the handset arrived on the market, an iPhone 5 teardown video by iFixYouri surfaced online, offering a detailed analysis of the internal components of the device.

The new iPhone’s strength was tested after being dropped on the floor repeatedly through its first drop and durability test.

A video demonstrating the device’s capacity of supporting connections of up to 100 Mbits was posted online.

A parallel between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S’ photo capabilities was made by iMore’s Leanna Lofte.

After comparing several shots taken with the two smartphones, she concluded that the iPhone 5 has a better display than its predecessor.

Another test was performed by iLounge who checked the battery life of the new iPhone under several conditions, including cellular and Wi-Fi web browsing, voice calls, FaceTime calls, video recording and video and audio playback.

A study made by energy efficiency organization Opower, that calculated the annual energy cost for charging the iPhone 5, showed that it takes $0.41 per year to power up the handset, which equates to 3.5 kilowatt hours per year.

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