Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 5

The leakers were right: Apple‘s new iPhone (yes, it’s called iPhone 5) is taller and slimmer than previous models — it’s 7.6 mm thick. It’s also 20% lighter than the previous iPhone 4s. It has a 4-inch screen which can accommodate a 5th row of icons. It works with 4G LTE wireless networks including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint and multiple providers overseas. It’s powered by a new chip, called A6, that’s smaller but more potent than the previous A5 chip. Even so, Apple says that the battery can last 8 hours during 3G talk time and browsing, 10 hours for Wi-Fi browsing and video watching, 40 hours playing music, and 225 hours on standby. The camera has modes to work better in low light and stitch images together to create a panorama view. The front camera can take 1080p HD video with image stabilization. The phones have a smaller connector, and adapters. They’ll run the iOS 6 operating systems. Apple confirms that it’s replacing Google Maps with its own Maps app that can handle turn-by-turn navigation. Users can use the Siri voice command feature to create and post messages for Facebook. Phones will come in two colors: black and white. No change in pricing from the iPhone 4s: $199 for 16 Gb of memory, $299 for 32 Gb, and $399 for 64Gb. The iPhone 4s will be available for free with new or renewed phone subscriptions. The iPhone 5 will be released September 21; consumers can pre-order on September 14. Apple expects the iPhone 5 to be in 100 countries by year end. It’s also refreshing iTunes: iCloud will be built in. (more…)

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