Yes, the day has finally come to throw out your iPhone 4 because it is no longer socially acceptable to own such an outdated piece of technology now that Apple, Inc. has unveiled the new iPhone 5, set to be released to the public on Friday. Is it really as evolutionary as they say it is? Here are the top 10 facts you need to know about the new iPhone 5 before you run to line up for six hours at the Apple Store and get your hands on one yourself.
1. The iPhone 5 is 18% Thinner and 20% Lighter Than the iPhone 4
One day, the iPhone will be so thin it will be able to fit in your wallet next to the unused condoms you have stuffed in the back. According to Gizmodo, they are claiming it's the world's thinnest smartphone at .29 inches (7.6 millimeters) and just 3.95 ounces (112 grams).
2. The New Design Features a Taller iPhone
The iPhone 5 is taller than the previous iPhone, allowing for an extra row of icons to be added to the display. All I have to say is, thank goodness, because I've been praying to the ghost of Steve Jobs to add an extra line of apps to clutter my screen for months.
3. It Will be Much Faster Than the iPhone 4
The iPhone 5 will have 4G LTE connectivity. Don't worry about the acronyms, all you need to know is that the phone will be really really fast. Although Samsung has long since conquered the 4G LTE territory, at least iPhone finally caught up.
4. Battery Life is Longer.
There's nothing worse than your phone's battery at ten percent an hour after you get into the office because you used it's navigation system to find the nearest Dunkin Donuts on your way to work. Well, the new iPhone promises to alleviate the drained battery. Phil Schiller, the senior vice president of Apple Inc., explained at the unveiling of the iPhone 5 in San Francisco that the battery life will include 8 hours of 3G talk time and 3G browsing, 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of WiFi, 10 hours video playback, 40 hours music playback and 225 hours of standby.
5. The New Camera is Crisper and Image Capture is Faster
The above image is claimed to be taken straight from the iPhone 5, unprocessed. Its new image processing chip has spatial noise reduction, making low light photography better than ever. Image capture is also 40 percent faster. Who needs a professional camera now that we've got the iPhone 5?
6. FaceTime is Better
Like the iPhone 4, it has 1080p FullHD capture. This one will also let you snap photos while recording video at the same time.
7. Audio is Better Than Ever
Upgrades have been made to everything about the audio of the iPhone 5, even to the earbuds, which they have now renamed to "EarPods." The new phone will have three speakers (on the front, back, and bottom), improving the quality of voice calls and can also cancel out external noise. The speakers will also produce a richer sound.
8. The iPhone 5 Will be Available in Black and White
Yep, we still have to be forced to conform to either a black or white phone, not that I'll be jumping up and down for a pink one anytime soon.
9. The New Docking Connector is Much Smaller
Seeing as how thin these phones are getting, it's about time iPhone decreased the size of their bulky charging connector. The coolest thing about the new connector, believe it or not, is that it is reversible. What?! Do you mean that I'll never again have the problem of attempting to plug my iPhone in upside down repeatedly? Yes! (I'm not joking)
10. The Price of the iPhone 5 Will be the Same
That's right. The new iPhone is going to be as expensive as it always was. But wait! You'll be able to upgrade to the iPhone 4S with a two-year contract for just $99. Phew... at least I can afford the obsolete version.
Ok, so although the new iPhone 5 looks almost exactly like the old one, Apple may prove itself to stay on the top of the cellular food chain. I guess you'll just have to see for yourself. I'll see you in line.
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