The iPhone 5 is the first to offer 4G, giving carriers the catalyst they've been waiting for to kill off 2G and 3G networks. However, the new iPhone can use more data than its predecessors while on 4G LTE networks. It can be easy to blow through 1GB of data if you stream videos when you’re away from a WiFi network. A Netflix movie in standard definition will run you between 500 and 700MB on average, while a HD movie will usually weigh in at about 3.5GB. TV shows can run anywhere between 400MB and 1500MB. If you don’t get unlimited data on the iPhone 5, it’s better to download movies onto computer and then transfer them to iPhone 5 for viewing.
How to sync movies from PC to iPhone 5
1. Download and install latest version of iTunes.
2. Connect iPhone 5 to your computer with Lightning to micro USB Cable, and open iTunes (if it doesn’t open automatically).
3. In iTunes, select your iPhone name under DEVICES in the sidebar.
4. To sync iPhone 5 with iTunes library automatically, simply press “Sync”. In this way everything in your iTunes will be synced with iPhone, including Audio content (music, podcasts, audiobooks, and iTunes U content), Movies and TV shows, Photos, Books, Contacts, Calendars, Documents (File Sharing apps only), Applications, Bookmarks, etc.
5. To sync movies only, check “Manually manage music and videos” in Options area and click Apply. This will deselect the automatic sync settings for the Music, Movies, and TV Shows tabs. Then you can drag and drop movies from iTunes Movie library to the Movies tab under your iPhone 5 in the sidebar.
It is recommended that you sync your iPhone 5 with iTunes at least once a week. In the unfortunate event that data on your iPhone is lost, this will ensure that you have a recent backup file to restore with.
What kinds of videos/movies can be synced to iPhone 5
iTunes can sync your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and iTunes U content to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. iPhone 5 now supports up to 1080p HD movie purchases and rentals. If you plan to use the iPhone 5 to watch movies, you’d better get 32GB or 64GB model, since a 2 hour SD movie is about 1.5 GB, and a 2 hour HD movie is about 4 GB.
If you’d like to sync self-made films to the device, always check if they are in supported formats by iPhone 5. According to Apple, MKV and AVI videos are not accepted formats and you have to convert them to iPhone 5 optimized H.264 .mp4 videos before you can add them to iTunes.