Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new iPhone 5 at 1pm EST today. Speculations have been developing over the past few months about this new iPhone, and many were right on target. The biggest news is that the new device will run on LTE. This single chip is an amazing technology that has the ability to switch between networks. It also provides ultrafast wireless service. This technology also allows us to use FaceTime via cellular service, though many are curious how cellular providers will charge for use of this technology. iPhone 5 will also be equipped with the brand new Apple A6 chip, which means twice the speed in CPU and graphics.
Although the design has not changed dramatically, the new iPhone 5 will be slightly taller than the current iPhone 4S, allowing for a 5th row of icons on the display. It is also significantly thinner and 20% lighter than the current model. The touch centers for the new device are integrated into the display, rather than the layer on top that is in the current models. This allows for a more sensitive touch screen for more accurate clicking. iPhone 5 has done away with the 30-pin connector and has replaced it with what they call the “Lightening” connector. This connector is 80% smaller, more durable, and reversible – so no more flipping the charger over six time in the dark just to plug in your phone!
iPhone 5 will be equipped with an updated camera which captures 40% faster, has a better retina display, and even has a new “panorama” feature that will stitch your pictures together to create a massive panorama shot. Photos can be automatically shared with family and friends using iSight as well.
The new battery gives iPhone 5 up to 8 hours of battery life on LTE, and up to 10 hours on WiFi. Finally – we can get through a whole work day without our charger! It also has enhanced microphones and a noise cancelling ear piece for better voice calling.
The software update, known as iOS6, gives our favorite apps a much needed update. Siri will now be able to direct you to good movies, post your Facebook status, and tell you who won the big football game. Turn-by-turn directions powered by Tom Tom enhances Maps, and a new “3D mode” allows you to view areas via satellite.
iPhone 5 will begin preorders this Friday – September 14th, and will begin shipping on the 21st. iOS6 will be available to iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S users on September 19th. No surprise with the prices, which start at $199 for a 16GB iPhone 5.