The iPhone 5: a Solid, Incremental Upgrade

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Apple announced the new iPhone 5 today, which now sports a 4-inch display.  The width is the same as previous models; the increased size is all in the height.  Apps designed for smaller screens will run letter-boxed.

In addition to taller, the new iPhone is also slightly thinner and lighter, with an enclosure made entirely of glass and aluminum.  Battery life is also slightly improved – impressive given that the iPhone 5 supports 4G LTE.

The processor in the iPhone is the new A6, with cpu and graphics twice as fast as the A5 processor.  The rear camera is still 1080p, but now has better video stabilization. The camera app now has a panorama mode.  The front-facing camera has been upgraded to  720p.  There are now microphones on the front, bottom, and back, for improved voice recognition and noise cancelation.

On the downside (at least in the short term), the iPhone 5 uses a new, smaller, all-digital connector called Lightning.  If you want to use your new iPhone with an older dock or other device, it will require the use of a $29 adapter. The adapter does not support video and is not available until October.  The adapter looks to be about an inch square, which is going to make its use in some docks rather awkward.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 begin on Friday, Sept 14, and shipping starts on Sept 21.  Pricing is the same as the iPhone 4S: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB.  The iPhone 4 is now free with a 2-year contract and the 4S is $99.

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