DAILY DOT COM - After much anticipation, Apple finally took the wraps off its sixth iPhone. As speculated it's called the iPhone 5. The device will available in the U.S. and eight other countries next Friday, September 21. Advance orders start Friday, September 15.
So what's new and did consumers get the "wow" factor they were looking for? That depends upon whom you ask.
The iPhone 5 is 20 percent lighter, 18 percent thinner, and twice as fast than the iPhone 4s. The bigger screen measures at 4 inches diagonally and has room for five rows of icons on the screen compared to the four currently offered. The battery life of the phone is reportedly better in the new version too.
It's the first iPhone developed and unveiled since the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Robertsdale native and Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the festivities. He then handed things over to his top lieutenants.
"It's made entirely of glass an aluminum. It's designed and built to an exacting level of standard unlike anything we or anyone in our industry has made before," said Phil Schiller, Apple Marketing Director.
"I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that the hardware and software engineering that has gone into this product is the most challenging our team has ever taken on and what they have accomplished...is simply amazing."
The iPhone will cost the same as the iPhone 4S did when it debuted, starting at $199 with a two-year contract in the U.S. Meanwhile, the price for the iPhone 4S will drop to $99 for new contract signers and the iPhone 4 will be free. Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are the three wireless carriers. It will have 4G LTE connectivity.
Siri can also do more, including post statuses to Facebook and the iPhone 5 camera allows you to take pictures while shooting video.
While the iPhone 5 got all of the attention Wednesday, Apple made several other product announcements during its keynote event. The company also revamped iTunes. It will be available next month --with a cleaner look and reportedly integrates more closely with Apple's iCloud online storage service.
Apple unveiled larger, ultra-thin versions of its iPod Nano and iPod Touch too...all of the new products will have new headphones called, Earpods.
Lastly, more details on the new operating system iOS 6 were revealed. The new version was announced in June, but Wednesday Apple revealed that it will be available for download on September 19. It will contain a new mapping application, replacing Google Maps and tighter integration with Facebook.
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