While the camera is still 8 megapixels in resolution with the image capture size of 3264 × 2448 (4:3), the lens has a larger (/2.2) and larger sized pixels in its than previous iPhone models. The has dual "True Tone" flashes, consisting of an amber LED and a white LED, which are variably used based on the of the photo to improve . The camera also includes automatic image stabilization, dynamic , 10 , "best shot" mode and slow motion video at 120 fps.
Since the release of the iPhone 5, discounts on previous generation iPhones have enabled Apple to maintain a market lead in the United States and Japan, but the iPhone continued to lag behind the combined total of Android phones in the global market.
Earphones known as Apple EarPods are included with the iPhone 5 and other devices announced at the Apple media event on September 12, 2012. They superseded earphones that were included with previous generation iPhones and iPods. According to technology commentators, the redesign of the earphones is aimed to improve sound quality by allowing air to travel in and out more freely. Apple states that the redesign of their earphones allows it to "rival high-end headphones that cost hundreds of dollars more". Reviews by and reported that although the redesigned earphones sounded better than its predecessor, reviewers felt that quality of sound produced is poor.
The iPhone 5 was officially discontinued by Apple on September 10, 2013 with the announcement of its successors, the and the . While the 5C shared almost the same internal hardware as the iPhone 5, the 5C used a lower-cost poly-carbonate plastic case in place of the original 5's aluminum form. The introduction of the 5C deviated from Apple's previous market strategy, where the previous iPhone model would remain in production, but sold at a lower price point below the new model.