Full iPhone 5 specifications (specs) in detail

Apple's iPhone 5 page has gone live (opens in new tab), along with all of its full specifications. Let's see if we can find a few surprises that weren't in announcement...

Size and weight:

  • Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
  • Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)

Cellular and wireless:

  • GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
  • CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
  • GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology


  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular


  • Retina display
  • 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Camera, Photos, and Video:

  • 8-megapixel iSight camera
  • Panorama
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Face detection in video or still images
  • LED flash
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Photo and video geotagging

Power and Battery:

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Audio Playback:

  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video:

  • AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
  • AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format


  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Storage and travel case

Rating for Hearing Aids:

  • iPhone 5 (Model A1428): M3, T4
  • iPhone 5 (Model A1429): M4, T4

Mail Attachment Support:

  • .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)


  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

System Requirements:

  • Apple ID (required for some features)
  • Internet access5
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
    • Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
    • PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 10.7 or later (free download from www.itunes.com/download (opens in new tab))

Environmental Requirements:

  • Operating ambient temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: −4° to 113° F (−20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)


Language Support

English (U.S.), English (UK), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Keyboard Support

English (U.S.), English (UK), Chinese - Simplified (Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke), Chinese - Traditional (Handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin, Cangjie, Stroke), French, French (Canadian), French (Switzerland), German (Germany), German (Switzerland), Italian, Japanese (Romaji, Kana), Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Emoji, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic/Latin), Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Dictionary Support (enables predictive text and autocorrect)

English (U.S.), English (UK), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, French (Canadian), French (Switzerland), German, Italian, Japanese (Romaji, Kana), Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Siri Languages

English (U.S., UK, Canada, Australia), Spanish (U.S., Mexico, Spain), French (France, Canada, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong)

In the Box: 

  • iPhone 5
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.

  • Do we know yet if the iPhone 5 on verizon will allow talk and data at the same time?
  • It's seems you are unfamiliar with LTE, but yes. Data and voice at the same damn time! Lol...
  • But only when my phone is on LTE right? If I'm on 3G coverage with Verizon, not talk and date at the same time right?
  • Correct... Talk and data, at the same time, is standard for LTE (including CDMA).... If you have a LTE phone, but you're in a 3G Only area... you will not be able to do talk and data at the same time. Hope this helps.
  • What was that?
  • Let's c... but last time only GSM networks does that and not CDMA
  • Hush, man... I have the iPhone and droid 4 on Verizon... It's how it works.
  • Actually, some Verizon phones do support 3G data + voice simultaneously. http://www.droid-life.com/2012/07/16/verizons-galaxy-s3-does-simultaneou...
  • CDMA rev. B allows simultaneous voice & data
  • Headphones:
    Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
    Storage and travel case nice to see we get a case....
  • My man at my carrier-that-shall-not-be-named promised to save 4 iPhone 5s for me. Early Xmas presents for the whole fam damnly. :-)
  • This increment really is a disappointment. Just a longer screen and a minor camera update. Good bye for now iPhone..
  • and 4G and better processor and sexy look...
  • You just defined 95% of all the new phones coming out this year. Look at Nokia Lumia 920, It has the same processor, LTE 4G, NFC technology (missing in iPhone), better HD+ screen, better PureView camera with mechanical stabilization, Video capture within a picture, City Cam, etc etc. That phone makes the iPhone 5 look like its from the stone age.
  • Actually, I really think that white iPhone 5 looks sexy. But the black one, not so much. Plus, that camera from Lumia 920 beats iPhone 5's camera even though they're both back-illuminated. Lumia 920 - f2.0 aperture (bigger)
    iPhone 5 - f2.4 aperture This means more light coming in to the camera sensor, also more color. Also, Lumia 920 has that incredibly convenient wireless charging. Off topic comment:
    I really dont like android, especially UI wise.
  • BlackBerry 10 4tw!!!
  • Fail...omg fail
    On both this and the Nano. Ipad only game in town.
    Android = POS I'm sticking with Windows Phone for now.
  • +1
  • im deffinately hitting up the lumia 920 for the holidays preorders for the iphone 5 can suck my balls
  • Ah yes. This is one of the signs that a company (Nokia) is deep into its death spiral. Bitter fans lashing out.
  • Sorry but that's just you being an ignorant isheep in denial of facts lumia 920 outperforms in every aspect sorry to burst your fanatic bubble
  • Except for that pesky application count. And peripheral support. Oh yes, and apparently the iPhones handle punctuation better as well. If you have an argument to make, then give us some specific areas that you think Nokia has beaten Apple. As for "80% of the masses are using Nokia", well... "Nokia too faces a torrid time, with a collapse in sales of its older Symbian smartphone OS not being replaced yet by sales of newer devices running Windows Phone. The first quarter of 2012 marked the first three months in which Nokia's Lumia was available in the UK, but it did not go on sale in the US until after the first quarter. "Symbian sales have dived around the world, according to both Gartner and ComTech: Gartner said total sales fell from 27.6m in the year-ago quarter to 12.4m this year, while ComTech saw its share fall to single digits everywhere but Italy - where it more than halved, from 47.1% to 16.9%. But Windows Phone shipments have barely budged. Though Gartner does not distinguish between the now-deprecated Windows Mobile and Windows Phone, the latter is reckoned to be the overwhelming majority of Microsoft licences - but Gartner puts its figure at just 2.7m this first quarter, compared to 2.6m in the same period in 2011. As the smartphone market is expanding, that amounts to a fall in share." So, at BEST, a market share of 17% in Italy. Go Nokia! :P
  • Listen the Nokia is faster better display camera technology higher specs unique os unique looking hardware NFC wireless charging lte that was in its first high end WP spec wise you know it's better throwing out numbers based on people who bought the product doesn't change the fact that there is innovative stuff in the lumia it just shows that converting people is harder than it looks don't let your preference cloud facts sales are one thing and facts are facts. im not saying the iphone is a bad phone but this lack of innovation from apple is saddening it shows that they care less and less everytime they dont even try anymore, if your really a technology enthusiast you would accept that nokia is more innovative this time around.
  • Do you even know who Nokia is? Go to China, India, Pakistan and the arab countries (most population of the world outside your safe haven USA) and you will find 80% or more Nokia phones in the masses.
  • i want the black one..
  • Pretty much in line with expectations. Extremely impressive, considering how much smaller and lighter the 5 is with supposedly slightly better battery life than the 4S.
  • (Deleted duplicate comment caused by AJAX error.)
  • I am not that impressed....oh well...
  • iFail....big time
  • I haven't seen anything yet about the SIM - are they sticking with MicroSIM for now or moving in NanoSIM?
  • I doubt you do. It's not in the 5 items 'in the box'.
  • Just, wow!
  • Welcome to 2011 Apple. There isn't a feature on this phone that Android doesn't already have or has had for a long time now.
  • Are Android and Nokia forums so boring that you all need to come here and read about what you claim to hate? Keep moving and keep your comments to yourselves.
  • Dear Lord having lots of issues with my old 1!!! Can I please win this?? Please?
  • I'm glad to hear this news...i really love this and I need to be a winner of this challenge...because I love iPhone..im waiting for better results..thank you...