The iPhone 5: Harder, Better, Faster, Longer


Today, Apple announced the newest member of the most successful family of smartphones ever: the iPhone 5.

Now longer, with a 4″ screen, and a redesigned body that pairs solid glass with both textured and mirrored aluminum, the iPhone 5 is easily the best looking yet. It will come in two colors: black and white.

Internally, it also doesn’t disappoint. Apple’s new A6 processor is about 20% smaller than the A5 that’s in the new iPad and iPhone 4S, and Apple claims it runs twice as fast. As well, Apple has introduced a full slate of LTE capability to make the iPhone’s data connection much, much faster.

With an improved retina display, better battery life, and a larger screen, the iPhone 5 will now charge and sync with a completely different cable called Lightning. It’s 80% smaller than the traditional iPhone/iPod dock connector that’s been in use since 2003. Adapters will be made available for using the iPhone 5 with older docks and cables. It is still unannounced how much those adapters will cost.

It also wouldn’t be a new iPhone announcement without Apple announcing a new version of iOS. iOS 6, which will be available for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod Touch, contains many improved features including the much-awaited Maps app update that ditches Google in favor of introducing Apple’s own navigation system that features turn-by-turn directions and full satellite features.

iOS 6 will also contain Apple’s first concerted effort at a digital wallet of sorts, called Passbook. This all comes with announcements of updates to iTunes and the iPod as well.

The iPhone 5 will be available online and in stores on September 21st. Check out the full story and photos at Engadget.

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