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Apple iPhone 5 (GSM/LTE 4, 17/North America) 16, 32, 64 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPhone 5 - MD634LL/A* - iPhone5,1 - A1428 - N/A

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Apple iPhone 5Please note that this "GSM" A1428 iPhone 5 model -- which is compatible with LTE bands 4 and 17 -- was intended for the North American market (AT&T in the US, Bell, Rogers, Telus, and affiliate brands in Canada, and Telcel in Mexico).

The iPhone 5 models, regardless of network compatibility, have a 4" (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch IPS LED-backlit 1136x640 native resolution (326 ppi) "retina display," dual cameras -- a rear 8 megapixel, 1080p "iSight" camera and a front 1.2 megapixel, 720p "FaceTime HD" camera, and 4G/LTE support, all packed in an aluminum "unibody" case with a glass front that is a mere 0.30 of an inch thick (color options include either a dark gray "slate" matte back and a glossy black front or a silver matte back and a glossy white front).

Each iPhone 5 device is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual core "Apple A6" processor, has 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of flash storage. It also supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as packs three noise canceling microphones, a bottom-mounted headphone jack, and a new USB 2.0-based Lightning port for connectivity.

Apple estimates that the iPhone 5 models provide "up to" 40 hours of audio playback, 8 hours of talk time on 3G, 8 hours of Internet use on 3G, 8 hours of Internet use on 4G/LTE, 10 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback and 225 hours of standby time.

In the US, this "GSM" A1428 iPhone 5 was available locked to and subsidized by AT&T with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, for US$199, US$299, or US$399, respectively, with a two-year contract. It also was available unlocked and contract free at a premium.

As first reported by Engadget, this A1428 iPhone 5 model was phased out starting on March 26, 2013, and A1428 iPhone 5 models sold starting on April 12, 2013 were revised with AWS (1700/2100 MHz) support. EveryiPhone.com documents the later iPhone 5 device as its own model for clarity.

Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the iPhone 5 models?
  • What are all the differences between the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 4?

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September 12, 2012 April 12, 2013*
Details: *The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended. In this case, Apple quietly replaced this model with a revised iPhone 5 with the same A1428 model number, but the addition of AWS (1700/2100) support.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2012.
1 (2 Cores) 1577
Details: Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPhone5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, please see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
712 1279
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
N/A N/A
Details: The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support 64-bit mode for this model. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
1.3 GHz* Apple A6*
Details: *Apple reports that the iPhone 5 uses an "Apple A6" processor, but little else. Third-party analysis from AnandTech, however, determined that it has a custom dual core processor and a three core graphics processor, most likely a 266 MHz PowerVR SGX 543MP3. Early Geekbench software analysis indicated that it had a 1 GHz processor, but a subsequent version of the software more accurately determined that it has a variable speed processor that commonly runs around 1 GHz with a top speed of 1.3 GHz.

Also see: How much faster is the iPhone 5 than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S?
1 GB* 16, 32, 64 GB
Details: *Apple provides no official details regarding RAM used by the iPhone 5. However, as first determined by AnandTech, it has 1 GB of onboard RAM as two 512 MB dies.
N/A* N/A*
Details: *Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that the iPhone 5 models can hold, instead opting for just gigabytes.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The iPhone 5 models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via its Lightning connector.

The iPhone 5 does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party software -- like that from site sponsor TouchCopy -- is available.
USB Lightning, Headphone
Details: N/A
Handheld iPhone 5
Details: N/A
Black & White Multi-touch
Details: The iPhone 5 models are available with either a black glass front and an aluminum dark gray "slate" back or a white glass front and an aluminum silver back.
4" Color 1136x640 (326 ppi)
Details: The iPhone 5 models have a 4" (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch IPS "Retina" display with a 1136x640 native resolution at 326 ppi. Apple also reports a 800:1 typical contrast ratio and a 500 cd/m2 typical brightness.

Also see: How do I replace the glass cover, digitizer, and display (LCD screen) on the iPhone 5?
802.11a/b/g/n* 4.0
Details: *Apple notes that the iPhone 5 models support both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies of 802.11n Wi-Fi.

This specific iPhone 5 -- the original A1428 "GSM" model -- intended for the North American market (AT&T in the US, Bell, Rogers, and Telus, as well as affiliated brands in Canada, and Telcel in Mexico) -- supports UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); and LTE (Bands 4 and 17).
GSM/LTE* 8.0 Megapixels**
Details: *This "GSM" A1428 iPhone 5 supports UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); and LTE (Bands 4 and 17).

**The iPhone 5 models have dual cameras. The rear 8 megapixel "iSight" camera supports HD video recording (1080p up to 30 FPS with audio), and also has autofocus, a backside illumination sensor, a hybrid IR filter, and an LED flash as well as support for tap to focus, face detection, improved video stabilization and panorama shots. The front "FaceTime HD" camera takes 1.2 megapixel photos and HD video (720p up to 30 FPS).
Lithium Ion 40 Hours
Details: In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells replacement batteries for this iPhone.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells replacement batteries -- as well as glass covers, displays, and other parts and repair tools -- for this iPhone.

Also see: How do I replace the battery in the iPhone 5?
8 Hours* 225 Hours
Details: *Apple reports that the iPhone 5 models provide "up to" 40 hours of audio playback, 8 hours of talk time on 3G, 8 hours of Internet use on 3G, 8 hours of Internet use on 4G/LTE, 10 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback and 225 hours of standby time.

Also see: Why does my iPhone run out of power so quickly? How can I conserve battery life?
MD634LL/A* iPhone 5
Details: *MD634LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration in "black and slate" locked to AT&T with a two year contract. With 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, in black, locked to AT&T, the order numbers are MD636LL/A and MD644LL/A. With 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of storage, in "white and silver," still locked to AT&T, the order numbers are MD635LL/A, MD637LL/A, and MD645LL/A, respectively. Unlocked in black, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB of storage, respectively, are order numbers MD293LL/A, MD295LL/A, and MD642LL/A. Unlocked in white, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB of storage, respectively, are order numbers MD294LL/A, MD296LL/A, and MD643LL/A.
A1428 (EMC N/A) iPhone5,1
Details: Please note that this model number refers to more than one device. The EMC number is not externally listed on the device so it cannot be used for identification.

Also see: All iPhones with the A1428 Model Number, the N/A EMC Number, and the iPhone5,1 Model Identifier.
iOS 6.0 (10A405) Current
Details: This model is fully supported by the most recent version of iOS 9 with the exception of "Facedown detection" capability. It is supported by the forthcoming iOS 10 as well, although precise feature support has yet to be released.

Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support iOS 9? For models that "partially" support iOS 9, which features are and are not supported?
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30* 3.95 oz. (112 g)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm).
Mac OS X 10.6.8* Windows XP SP3/Vista/7
Details: Apple reports that the iPhone 5 models, if syncing with iTunes is desired, are compatible with a Mac running "OS X 10.6.8 or later, and iTunes 10.7 or later."

It is likewise compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later, and iTunes 10.7 or later."
Apple reports that the iPhone 5 supports "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."
Apple does not formally specify photo formats for the iPhone 5. However, it can sync photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats, from iTunes and iCloud.
Apple reports that the iPhone 5 supports "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; [and] 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."

It also supports AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV at 720p as well as AirPlay video streaming to the Apple TV (3rd Gen) at up 1080p and the Apple TV (2nd Gen) at up to 720p.
Shipped with "Apple EarPods [headphones] with Remote and Mic, Lightning to USB cable, [and] a USB power adapter."

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US$199, US$299, US$399* US$200-US$350
Details: *In the US, this iPhone 5 model was available for US$199, US$299, or US$399 -- with 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of storage, respectively -- locked to AT&T with a two-year service contract. Unlocked and contract free, it was available for US$649, US$749, and US$849.

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Global original prices for the iPhone 5 (GSM/LTE 4, 17/North America) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

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Original Prices - North & South America

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