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If you haven’t heard yet, Apple showcased the new iPhone 5 sporting a larger screen and a few other new features.

The Apple iPhone 5 comes in with a 4-inch retina display and allowing for another row of icons. Apple said at their conference today that older apps that will not take advantage of the larger screen right away will not be stretched.

iPhone 5 fans will also be happy to hear that Apple has done away with the glass backing of the phone. Instead the phone will feature an aluminum backing but overall still carries the same design as the iPhone 4 – but longer. The width of the iPhone 5 still remains the same as the iPhone 4, too.

The iPhone 5 will also support 3 separate microphones for better noise cancellation with one located on the top, bottom and on the front of the phone. Apple has also jumped into LTE for the iPhone 5 to give it better speeds on “advanced networks such as HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA. Browse, download, and stream content at ultrafast speeds. Dual-band 802.11n wireless connectivity accelerates your Wi-Fi experience, too — up to 150 Mbps.

The camera on the iPhone 5 iSight camera allows for 8MP photos and 28MP panoramic shot, via the iOS 6 update, and brings photos even more to life than before. The video capabilities have been upgraded as well with 1080 HD video, improved video stabilization and face detection and allows photos to be taken while recording.

The iPhone 5 is using the new A6 duel-core application processor based on a 28nm process with 3D stacking technology and up to twice as fast as the A5. That also brings up the biggest question most iPhone fans had: battery life. While Tim Cook presented the presentation, he did not spend much time on the 5th generation iPhone longevity.

iPhone 5 Battery Life

  • 8 Hours
    LTE Browsing Time
  • 8 Hours
    Talk Time
  • 10 Hours
    Video Play Back Time

While the new iPhone 5 is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4, more has been compressed into the new version. The battery time didn’t hint much as being an issue, especially considering the amount of hardware going into the phone. The new A6 application processor is bound to take up a portion of battery time, but  Apple states it is not a power hungry processor.

Apple also introduced the new iOS 6 coming out next week, with about 200′ish new features. YouTube will no longer be a standard part of the iOS, along with Google’s maps, as the two companies have somewhat parted ways in this means. The licensing for YouTube was not renewed, though YouTube has released the new YouTube iPhone app on Apple’s App Store.

One somewhat disappointment was Apple’s decision to change the port connector on the iPhone 5, dubbed the Lighting connector. It is much smaller and can be plugged in either way, no more fiddling around in the dark. The company mentioned it will carry a converter for those who might not want to run out and purchase a bunch of new Lighting cables.

The last disappointment was Siri. While not much was mentioned of her, not much was being done about her, either. With the introduction of the iPhone 5 came the iOS and mentions of some of its new features — Siri still remains network bound. Apple’s decision to leave it network bound is leaving many, myself included, uneasy. Siri is a nice application to any smartphone. Siri, however, is really not that great of an application when you’re having to wait for her responses off a slow/low signal network. At this point Siri is great for party gags and fun for 6-year-olds. Anyone that relies on Siri is simply dreaming in a world that simply doesn’t exist yet.

In all the iPhone 5 does look promising, but not if you already have an iPhone 4s. I’m a huge video watcher when it comes to Hulu, Xfinity and Netflix, and while the new 4-inch screen aww’s my eyes, I just can’t see upgrading to the iPhone 5 just yet (besides they haven’t announced the iPhone 5s yet . . .HA!)

Apple’s Keynotes can be found here.


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