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Will You Buy the New iPhone 5?

Pre-orders begin Friday, and the new smart phone goes on sale on Sept. 21, according to TechCrunch.

It’s lighter, thinner and beautifully crafted of glass and aluminum. After buzzing rumors and anticipated hype, the new iPhone 5 is here, TechCrunch reports

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) debuted its latest smart phone, featuring a 4-inch screen, which is 20 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 begins this Friday, Sept. 14 and Apple stores will sell the device a week later on Sept. 21.     

Local iPhone stores in the area include the Apple Store at Santa Rosa Plaza, (707) 508-3500.

Tech reporters have already been reviewing the smart phone and some highlights include:

  • A 4-inch screen with highly sensitive touch sensors
  • More networks: Runs with Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T’s LTE networks
  • Longer battery life: 8 hours of 3G talk time and 8 hours of 3G and LTE web browsing
  • Three microphones in the mix: one on the front, one on the back, and another on the bottom
  • New mini Dock Connector “Lightnin”: it’s digital and has eight pins
  • Camera: 40 percent faster image capturing, will support panoramic photos and shared photo streams

Are you impressed by the iPhone 5? What are your favorite features? Or do you think it’s too similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s? Let us know in the comments. 

Doug Strickland September 13, 2012 at 03:10 PM
From a features first point of view, the new iPhone brings to market some solid improvements, ranging from a faster processor, light, thinner build, and a larger display. Additionally, the phone now works on the faster 4G LTE network, which will be an improvement if you are in 4G coverage (Sonoma County is not in 4G). Hardware changes may be a mixed bag - 3 microphones improves voice and recording quality, the larger screen and camera improvements mean better photo and video. But the new dock connector - that thing you need every 5 hours to keep your phone working - has changed. Your old set of accessories (and you probably have a drawer full) will need a $30 adapter to work. Bottom line: Solid product evolution, thinner, lighter, faster and longer battery life. The dock will annoy, but Apple continues to pull the market towards the technology it deems best.

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