After months of rumors, Apple has finally announced the much anticipated iPhone 5.  The phone will be available for preorders on Friday, September 14, and released in most countries the following week on September 21st.  Like it’s predecessor the 4S, the 5 will come in three different versions, a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $299, and a 64GB version for $399.

It turns out that many of the rumored specs surrounding the phone are entirely true.  The phone is the same width, but has a thinner profile and is slightly taller, bumping the screen size up to 4″ to better match many of the Android models currently on the market.  Apple touted this achievement by pointing out that a 5th row of apps will be accessible, and called the 5 the “thinnest smartphone on the market.”  Overall, device is 20% lighter and 18% thinner than the 4S.  Unfortunately, not all the changes were perceived as positive ones.  Much to the dismay of many current iPhone owners, the 5 will have a new cable, abandoning the charger that its devices have used since 2003. Owners will be able to purchase an adapter, but this format change will surely be an inconvenience, at least at first.

The iPhone 5 will be available for preorder on September 14th.

Another feature of the iPhone 5 is LTE connectivity, which will provide faster speeds and again allows the new smartphone to compete with many of the current flagship models.  Apple also mentioned there will be enhancements to the wifi speeds for the iPhone 5.  These improvements were sorely needed, especially given many of its closest competitors have had such features for quite some time now.

Are you thinking about upgrading to the iPhone 5, or have you even thought about jumping ship, and perhaps picking up a Samsung Android device?  Do you look at the “good old days,” when a flip phone was cutting edge? Let us know in the comments!



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