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Apple Unveils New, Thinner, Lighter iPhone 5

Filed by KOSU News in Business.
September 12, 2012

Moments ago in San Francisco, Apple’s Phil Schiller unveiled the latest incarnation of the company’s massively popular smartphone.

The iPhone 5, said Schiller, is “the most beautiful product we’ve ever made.”

Of course, you want to know what’s different about this model: Essentially it’s thinner, lighter, faster and also has a bigger screen than the iPhone 4s.

The device also comes equipped to work with faster wireless networks like LTE, which AT&T, Sprint and Verizon carry.

The AP adds:

“The iPhone 5 will likely go on sale in a week or two. It’s expected to work with fourth-generation, or 4G, cellular networks, something Samsung’s Galaxy S III and many other iPhone rivals already do.

“Apple Inc. also plans to update its phone software and will ditch Google Inc.’s mapping service for its own. The two have become rivals as Google promotes phones running its Android operating system.”

The bigger screen allows for the phone to display a wide-screen, near-16:9 format and also allows for a fifth row of icons on the home screen.

The Verge, by the way, is providing a blow-by-blow live blog of the event.

Update at 2:03 p.m. ET. The Damage:

As always, left for last is how much this new gadget will set you back: With a two-year contract, a 16 GB iPhone 5 will run you $199; a 32 GB one $299; a 64 GB $399.

The iPhone 3Gs is no longer available, but you can get the iPhone 4 for free with a contract and a 4s for $99.

The phone will be available for pre-order Sept. 14 and will ship in the United States on Sept. 21.

Update at 1:44 p.m. ET. A New Connector:

Apple announced another fairly big change: The iPhone 5 will have a new, smaller connector they call “lightning.” This is a big deal because many people have accessories — like a sound dock — for their current iPhones that they would like to use for their new phone.

Those accessories will work with an adapter customers can buy. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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